The first day back at school is always an exciting one, but it's especially exciting when the school you're returning to is brand new. Some students in D.C. and Maryland will get a fresh start in new classrooms as they kick off their first day of school Monday.
In D.C, McKinley Middle School will open its doors for the first time. Located at 151 T Street NE, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school will house grades 6 through 8.
Students at the new middle school will not feed directly into McKinley Technology High School, which is one of the city's five specialized secondary schools. Those interested in attending McKinley High will still have to apply to the program.
The new Dunbar High School will also open its doors Monday. The$125 million campus replaces the hideous, prisonlike 1970s version next door, which will be torn down.
The school also features a new gym and modern, Internet-friendly spaces that should help inspire academics.
Four new schools in Maryland's largest school system will open Monday.
Montgomery County's Gaithersburg High School, Weller Road Elementary School, Glen Allen Elementary School and Herbert Hoover Middle School kept their names but got new buildings.
Students in the county will also come back to new technology as the school system replaced 9,300 computers and added laptops. One hundred and seventy schools have also been outfitted with WiFi, with all schools receiving WiFi by the end of Sept.
Blackboards are also a thing of the past for students in the county as classrooms were converted to include interactive white boards.
Five other school districts are heading back to class Monday. For more information, click here.