Why Not You Academy



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Project Overview

Why Not You Academy (WNYA) represents the 100th project completed for WCSD/PCSD. WNYA will open to 9th grade students in the fall of 2021 and add a grade each year through 12th grade as they grow to their full enrollment of 416 students.


The WNYA is a partnership between charter public school leaders Garth Reeves and Scott Canfield and the Why Not You Foundation, whose mission is to spark change in the world by empowering youth to lead with a “why not you” attitude. The Why Not You Foundation founders, Russell and Ciara Wilson, and the school’s leaders, Scott and Garth, represent a deep shared commitment to educational justice and to preparing kids for the real world through quality education. The Why Not You Academy will focus on building achievement, community, and empowerment and preparing students to create and thrive in the careers of the tomorrow. They will do this by teaching students to think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively as they solve the challenges in their community. Every student will receive a mentor and participate in internships to help guide them through high school and into a college or career.


The school’s location is in the heart of Des Moines and is ideally located near the intersections of major public transportation routes creating easy access for students from a variety of surrounding communities. The first phase of the school’s build out involved renovating the top floor of a two-story former office building to construct nine classrooms, including a science lab and maker space, as well as flex and admin spaces. The second phase is anticipated to be completed by fall 2023 and will involve building out the first floor to create five additional classrooms as well as additional admin spaces. Construction of the first phase was completed in March 2021, allowing the school to open an on-site Learning Hub to support current 8th grade students who will attend WNYA as freshman this fall while they are largely attending online or hybrid school for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.


Learn more about Why Not You Academy


Hear from Scott Canfield, Co-Founder of Why Not You Academy


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Project Details


High School


22419 Pacific Hwy S, Des Moines, WA


Pacific Ridge


D3 Architecture

General Contractor:

Korsmo Construction

School Opening:

August 2021

Square Footage:


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