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