The Hance Lower School Learning Center is the first step in creating separate, age-appropriate libraries/learning centers for younger and older students. The Hance Learning Center is also home to the Brock Center for Extended Day and the Lower School Educational Resource Program, a hub for dedicated technology instruction. Nestled within the Lower School classrooms, the facility—which opened in August 2018—gives our youngest students a space designed just for them.

Hance Lower School Learning Center

Highlights include:

  • Library and Media Center: An open and airy media center that combines an extensive collection of books, along with resources designed for modern information literacy.
    • Storytelling and instruction rooms
    • Reading Nooks
  • Hands-On Innovation Area: Engages students in age-appropriate problem-solving, collaboration, and design thinking. 
    • Design and Innovation Lab
    • Makerspace
  • The Brock Center: This new inviting space features four dedicated classrooms for Extended Day and serves as the hub for After School enrichment.
    • Culinary Corner stocked with nutritious after-school snacks and ready for cooking classes
    • Centralized pickups and dropoffs
    • Encourages exploration and fosters development

In the Makerspace, students take ownership of their learning in a very genuine way to design and build solutions to real-world problems. This type of learning promotes lifelong problem-solving skills that are hard to achieve through a traditional classroom curriculum.


Generous $2 million Gift from Jim and Bev Hance

Jim and Bev Hance generously pledged $2 million to create new opportunities for our next generation of leaders, thinkers, and doers in a distinctive learning environment.

The Hances, who are parents to four alumnae and grandparents to six Country Day students, have made Country Day a philanthropic priority alongside other key educational institutions. Their generosity and steadfast commitment illustrate the value parents of alumni and grandparents place on a Country Day education.

Generous $1 million Gift from the Brock Family

John III and Mary Brock and John IV and Tracy Brock made a generous $1 million commitment to name the Brock Center for Extended Day. They recognize the needs of Country Day's families are shifting, and quality time before and after school is a vital part of many children's Country Day experience. Whether a child attends regularly or on a drop-in basis, our community provides a nurturing and enriching environment for students and flexible scheduling for parents.