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Building industry training partners and sponsors provide unique opportunities for students in the Academy of Construction and Design. We have more exciting projects ahead! Follow our progress here and on

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Building Sustainably

Academy students take lessons in carpentry, construction math, and tool/equipment safety from the classroom to the construction site on unique building projects each school year.










A Youth Farmers Market Festival welcomed community residents to our green school community.



2016-2017 School Year

Academy students learned about sustainable building as they created infrastructure for the school garden and worked with professional builders on micro construction projects.


2015-2016 School Year

Academy students framed and built a 160 square-foot micro house in partnership with MicroShowcase in Washington, DC. Academy students learned about trends in eco-friendly, sustainable building while exploring a potential solution to address affordable housing needs in the local community.


Build a House - Build a Future

Look inside our first completed tiny house!











Did you know? Check out these facts about tiny houses:

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2014 School Year

Academy seniors joined CEO Craig Ruppert and a team of more than 50 volunteers from Maryland-based Ruppert Landscape on a building project in Jamaica sponsored by Food For The Poor. Along with the other volunteers, students helped build a school in one of the poorest areas of St. Elizabeth Parish. They also presented a donation of school supplies from the Academy of Construction and Design for the 45 young children who attend the school.





2013 School Year

Academy students took pride in their contribution to the new Cardozo Education Campus which opened for school year 2013-14. Carpentry and Electrical students participated in hands-on training under the guidance of GCS, Inc., Heller Electric Company and other partners on this extensive D.C. Public Schools renovation and modernization project.







2012 School Year

From groundbreaking in October 2010, through completed construction in December 2012, Academy students completed 260 industry-accredited training modules on the homebuilding project. Among those classes, 30 Academy graduates were hired for industry jobs or enrolled in colleges and universities after graduating from Cardozo.






2010 School Year

Nearly 100 students, instructors and guests participated in the October 26, 2010, groundbreaking ceremony for the first student-built house in the Academy’s new Build a House – Build a Future training program. The project revitalized an abandoned property site in Northwest Washington. Proceeds from the sale of the 2,000 square-foot, single-family house, in early 2013, were reinvested to continue this innovative training program. Student-Built House Fact Sheet