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NEW K-8TH GRADE BUILDING

HICKORY HILL ACADEMY
 

PLANNING AHEAD

Due to the exciting growth of our program, projections show we’ll need additional classroom space in the very near future, specifically for our older students. Currently, our Kindergarten - 8th Grade school resides on the existing preschool campus in The Main Building and The Big Red Barn.  While we’re thankful to use this charming space, it is only a temporary plan as our established preschool program will continue to use the buildings  going forward. We know our older students require a separate, age-appropriate building to facilitate their incredible love for learning.  The projected location for our new building is slated for the  southern corner of our campus, near the intersection of High Point Road and Mid Town Road. While this will provide a separate space for our older students, we are excited to remain on the same shared campus as one unified program (Infant - 8th grade).

 

Our new building will be far more than a larger space for our older students. Each room will provide our school community the opportunity to follow our program’s vision of “Cultivating Compassionate Leaders.”  Whether it’s our gymnasium, science lab, library, or art studio, each space is intended to build strong character qualities for our school community.  The prominent indoor conservatory may provide the greatest opportunity to cultivate growth in a stimulating and compassionate environment (in both our plants, and our school community!).

View a gallery of rendering below to see a sample of our building design

NEW BUILDING FAQs

When will the new building open?


Our enrollment commitments will dictate our plans for expansion, as we’ll have both short-term and permanent projects to choose from. Ideally, we are optimistic about our continued growth and hope to begin construction on our permanent new building soon. Given the impact of our global pandemic, we are reviewing conservative timelines that support a move into our permanent building in 2-3 years. While this is a reasonable timeline, if our enrollment commitments are strong, we can begin construction in the Summer of 2021 (with a target opening in the Fall of 2022). If our enrollment commitments won’t support commencement of the new building project, we’ll need to consider alternative classroom spaces (ex: temporary classrooms) for the 2022-2023 School Year.




What steps are being taken now?


We have made a lot of progress behind-the-scenes in the last 12 months. Our team has worked with architects, engineers, city planners, and lending partners to prepare for construction in the event that we can begin construction soon. We will continue to work with this team in the upcoming months to keep our options open.




Where is the building located?


The projected location for our new building is the southern corner of our campus, near the intersection of High Point Road and Mid Town Road. While this will provide a separate space for our older students, we are excited to remain on the same shared campus as one unified program (Infant - 8th grade).




What specialty programs will be provided during the school day?


Our program has always maintained a focus on enrichment programs to support a diverse variety of learning experiences for our students. We’re excited to further develop our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) Education opportunities with our Science Lab, Maker’s Space Lab, Art Studio, and Music Studio. Our prominent space, the indoor conservatory, will provide endless opportunities for our specialty programs -- including valuable SEL lessons (ex: mindfulness).




Will the community have access to the building?


Absolutely! Our school community stretches beyond our teachers and students, as we want to develop strong relationships within the entire community. We invite our families to get involved in a variety of ways, including the PPA (Parent Partnership Association), volunteer opportunities, and monthly events. We hope to create a warm environment for families to socialize throughout the day. A strong, supportive community is vital to our program’s success, and we need our families to feel connected. Our mission is to cultivate compassionate leaders who serve their community. While service will stretch beyond our campus, we are committed to hosting a variety of events as stewards in our community. Whether we invite our neighborhood friends to remain connected, or partner with a community in need, our campus is a welcoming place to all.




What extracurricular activities will be offered?


Our program will have the capacity to support a variety of athletic, academic, and enrichment activities typical to most K-8 schools. Along with basketball, science clubs, and tutoring, our 10-acre campus provides unique opportunities for student activities. We’re eager and excited to learn more about our students’ interests, and to create programming opportunities based on their desires. We understand the value of quality after school options for our families, and are proud to offer an established program taught by degreed teachers. Our current program will extend through the 8th grade.




Will there be a lunch program?


Yes, we will have a full kitchen to support our community’s health, growth, connection, and overall sense of well-being.