Building Our Future

Distinctive Learning Environment

While it's true that learning can take place just about anywhere, students and faculty thrive when they work in spaces that fully support innovative and creative academic programming. As part of the Strategic Plan process, the school community expressed a desire to ensure we continue to offer our students a distinctive and sustainable learning environment.

A Three-Phased Plan to Meet Strategic Priorities

Three-Phase Plan Overview
Three-Phase plan for future-ready learning spaces, to include The Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics, Dowd Student Center with new Upper and Lower School cafeterias, and new Upper and Lower School learning centers to include Extended Day.
Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics overview
Designed to drive innovative instruction and research, the Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics will provide the latest technology in lab, classroom, and collaborative learning spaces to meet the growing demand for high-level math and science courses and experiences.
Dowd Student Center
The Dowd Student Center will be a focal point for all students on Cannon Campus and will provide flexible, multiuse spaces for students and teachers to interact and collaborate, as well as much-needed contemporary dining areas that promote nutritional health and overall wellness for our community.

The Board of Trustees approved a long-range master facilities plan to create a distinctive and innovative learning environment, strengthen community, and prepare students for a fast-changing global society. These capital projects surfaced as priorities:

The planned enhancements to campus facilities are a significant commitment in ensuring Country Day remains at the forefront in delivering an exceptional education for our students, both now and in the future, through innovative and creating learning spaces. I am grateful to be part of a community that embraces our collective commitment to our students and our school. MARK REED, HEAD OF SCHOOL


Dowd Student Center

New Upper and Lower School Student Center includes Dawson Lower School Dining Hall and Michelle and Mike Bailey Upper School Dining Hall. Groundbreaking: June 2018.

On the Leading Edge: the New Purdy Center and Hance Learning Center

The new Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics and the Hance Lower School Learning Center build on what's best about life and learning at Country Day. These future-ready learning spaces reframe Cannon Campus for the challenges our students face today, while providing students and teachers with what they need to take the lead and launch successful futures.


If you have any questions about capital giving at Country Day, please contact:
Katharine Atkins, Director of Development
(704) 943-4545 | E-mail