building-updates
WHY? WHAT? HOW?

We envision all that can be accomplished if we have the foresight, imagination, and boldness of the founding families who laid the groundwork for meaningful elementary education.

FAQs

Why does The Common School need a new classroom building?

The existing Wing is a 40-year-old structure that has outlived its usefulness. It was built quickly in order to meet immediate needs, but was never intended to last for decades. The new building that will replace this structure will be modern, energy efficient, and built for the future. Most importantly, it will bring all of our classrooms under one roof and allow us to locate all our administrative operations in the front of the school, where staff can welcome visitors and be accessible to parents and visible to children.

Will the Big Room Building be renovated?

Classroom spaces in the Big Room Building will undergo modest renovations in order to prepare for use by our Music and Spanish programs. A music room with convenient access to the Big Room will allow for student groups of varied sizes, and provide easy access to instruments. The School’s first-ever Spanish classroom will provide a dedicated space for students to more deeply immerse themselves into the learning experience and developing their Spanish language skills.

What changes will be made to the parking areas?

When the project is complete, the area around the driveway island will be devoted to drop-off and accessible parking. All other parking will be available on the lot adjacent to Jeffrey Lane, the existing spaces alongside the driveway, and a newly-created lot in abutting property on South Pleasant Street.

Why now?

The challenges of our facilities have been longstanding. Improvements are long overdue. Our pending 50th anniversary inspired us to look back, as well as forward. In so doing, the Board resolved that for our proud legacy to continue, we must address our physical plant needs immediately.

Do other independent schools have capital campaigns?

Like most independent schools, The Common School is undertaking this campaign to realize the long-term goal of a new classroom building. Capital campaigns typically last more than a year with gifts and pledges made over a three to five year period. This is different from the Annual Fund, which provides funds to offset the School’s day-to-day operating expenses. The School’s first capital campaign was conducted in 1986 for the New Building.

How much will a new classroom building cost?

The Common School is committed to raising $4.2 million over the next few years to support the new classroom building, relocating administrative offices, expansion of the library, upgrades to parking and new landscaping. The Board of Trustees has examined several financing options, which take into account the need to have diverse types of funding in place for a project of this scope.

How do I learn more about the School’s building project?

As building plans progress, we will update these web pages with exciting news and images. In the meantime, feel free to contact Head of School Christine Lindeman or Director of Advancement Pamela Barnes for more information.