In 2012, Reinvestment Fund provided a loan to E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC, to fund the expansion of their Kansas Avenue campus to include a high school. At that time, Haynes served over 800 students in grades Pre-K through 9th; with a new addition, Haynes would also be able to serve 10th-12th grade students. Haynes planned to serve a total of 1,200 students as they increased their lower grades and younger students moved up.
Reinvestment Fund first financed Haynes in 2006, providing a loan which enabled the school to move from its start-up location to a new site on Georgia Avenue. A new facility constructed for the school included everything from a cafeteria, art and music rooms, classrooms and a gymnasium to a community gathering space as well as a rooftop playground with a garden.
In 2009, Haynes acquired development rights for a second facility on Kansas Avenue. With Reinvestment Fund financing in 2010 and 2011, Haynes renovated the space to accommodate its early elementary program and a new 9th Grade Academy. This latest round of financing created a three-story addition to the Kansas Avenue facility, which houses a STEM-focused high school.
Haynes has been consistently named a Silver Award winning school through New Leaders for New Schools’ Effective Practice grant program, ranking as a top school among a consortium of 144 charter schools nationwide. In April 2008, Haynes was chosen from DC’s 56 charter schools as the winner of Fight for Children’s first-ever Quality Schools Initiative Award.
Haynes serves a diverse student body, with a population 52% Black, 28% Hispanic, 18% White and 2% Asian. Over 60% of students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch in 2010-11; 75 students were identified for special education.