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
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:
Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics (Phase I: Opened August 2018)
Hance Lower School Learning Center (Phase I: Opened August 2018)
Dowd Student Center (Phase II: Opening August 2019—New Upper and Lower School Student Center, includes Dawson Dining Hall and Michelle and Mike Bailey Upper School Dining Hall)
Cannon Science Renovation (Phase II: Opening August 2019)
John and Claudia Belk Upper School Learning Center (Phase III: Groundbreaking June 2019. Includes the Mattei Family Library and Media Center)
Endowment (to support program, financial aid, faculty professional development, and operations)
Continued strength of the Country Day Fund
Construction of Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics and Hance Lower School Learning Center
January 2017—Board of Trustees approves Phase I construction
June 2017—Construction on Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics and Hance Lower School Learning Center begins.
August 2018—New buildings open! Upper School science and math programs move into new Purdy Center; Lower School programs move into the new Hance Lower School Learning Center.
Renovation of current Upper and Lower School Learning Centers into Dowd Student Center (cafeteria and new academic area)
January 2018—Board of Trustees approves Phase II construction
Summer 2018—Upper School library is relocated temporarily to Hance Fine Arts Center. Renovation begins.
August 2019—Newly renovated building opens! New dining spaces open for students, Campus Store, and Senior Lounge move into Dowd Student Center.
Cannon Science Renovation: Opening August 2019
This newly renovated building will host a number of important programs and academic resources. We envision an agile and flexible space where innovative ideas and inspired thinking are shared through spaces that invite collaboration.
- College Counseling Suite
- Education Resource Program (ERP) Suite
- IT Help Desk Resource Room
- Upper School Maker Space
- Upper School Collaboration Space
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
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.
New home for the media center, Extended Day, and Educational Resources. Opened in August 2018.
State-of-the-art academic building drives innovative instruction and student research. Opened in August 2018.
New academic learning space to include the Mattei Family Library and Media Center. Anticipated Groundbreaking: June 2019.
Margaret E. Gragg Endowment for Professional Development and Bissell Faculty Salary Endowment Funds
If you have any questions about capital giving at Country Day, please contact:
Katharine Atkins, Director of Development
(704) 943-4545 | E-mail