In our new building, paint is going onto the walls. The reading nooks looking out onto the courtyard are warm with color. The sun comes in through the huge windows and skylights, and every way you look there are views to the trees outside. The flexible learning spaces - the common areas, breakout spaces, front porches for the classrooms, the open library space - are everything I hoped they would be. The music and drama studio, the science lab, the art room, the classrooms; they are all spacious, bright, gorgeous places. Soon they will be alive with children and the hum of projects and great ideas.
Our middle school classroom for the fall is currently full to bursting at sixteen students. We've decided to open a second classroom at this age, so that we can simultaneously broaden the social opportunities for the kids and reduce the number of students in each room; maximize both the social and the academic possibilities. Project-based learning is powerful for students at this age, and I'm excited about the idea of offering our programs more widely.
We're holding an Open House for prospective parents at the new building on April 22nd from 1-3pm. Unfortunately we can't have students in there until the building is completely finished, but kids can be dropped off at our current building on Manchester while the Open House is happening. Students are very welcome to make an appointment to discuss our middle school programs with me, and there will be opportunities to look around the building from June on.
Please spread the word about the Open House! We'd love families with middle school students to know more about the options our programs offer, and we still have a few spots left in our elementary grades. So tell all your friends - it's not too late to find out more. Details are on our website.