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Spring Tours of Graham House

The new middle gym
Now that we are in the "sprint to the finish" phase of our school consolidation/expansion project, I have begun leading school-wide hard hat tours for all of our parents so they can see the amazing new spaces in which teaching and learning will soon take place.

The stage area of the new performing arts center
Saint David's School this September will feature three new gymnasiums, a new lunchroom, performing arts center and music suite, new Upper and Lower School libraries, a STE(A)M suite with terrace, and homeroom suites with common areas--all consolidated on 89th Street. Specials are situated in the central core of the school, making them easily accessible by all grades. These spaces are increasingly taking form, and it has grown easy to visualize them in use.

Doors to the STE(A)M Terrace
Art Faculty in one of the Art Suite rooms
As I take parents through these new rooms, they can envision how the additional space will allow our program to thrive: the increased collaborative learning opportunities, exciting STE(A)M interdisciplinary projects made possible, the ability to engage in stage production/tech work, to perform plays and concerts in a professional theater, and play basketball in a regulation size gym. All right here on 89th Street! 


It is exciting to lead these tours and share the progress made in a project that will truly enable Saint David's to be "all that we can be."

More information on the expansion can be found at http://www.saintdavids.org/2018expansion

I look forward also to hosting a special tour for our alumni community at the beginning of the Spring Gathering in May. 



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