Groundbreaking: June 2019

The new 14,000 square foot John and Claudia Belk Upper School Learning Center will be a versatile and dynamic academic center at the heart of our Upper School in the location of the former Dickson-Sanger Cafeteria. It will also include the Mattei Commons. 

This technologically advanced state-of-the-art library will promote individual and group study both during and after school with reconfigurable furniture, flexible technology, and a multitude of study carrels.

John and Claudia Belk Upper School Learning Center rendering

Generous $5 Million Gift from the Belk and Pilon Family

The John and Claudia Belk Upper School Learning Center is made possible by a gift from the John M. Belk family, MC Belk Pilon '92 and Jeff Pilon '92 of more than $5 million toward capital, endowment, and the Country Day Fund.  

In choosing the name for the Learning Center, MC and Jeff sought to honor the work of John and Claudia Belk. John Belk once said, "The more you do for mankind, the better you'll like life. Whether it's a company or a city or state, you've got to leave it better for the next generation." The Learning Center is a current advancement of his life long effort to leave things better for those that will come in the future.

Country Day is also pleased to announce that MC and Jeff have created an endowed scholarship fund to provide access to a Country Day education for talented and well-rounded ninth-twelfth grade students in our community.  

$1 Million Gift from the Mattei Foundation

Country Day is grateful to the Mattei Foundation and to Ashley and Scott Mattei, who made a generous $1 million pledge to name the Mattei Commons.

"By making education a top philanthropic priority, the Belks and the Matteis are moving Country Day's mission forward and helping to ensure we prepare current and future generations of students to lead, think, and do. We are deeply grateful to both families for their true commitment to providing our current and future students the very best Country Day experience possible."

—Mark Reed, Head of School