Detroit Country Day School unveiled the $18 million renovation of its Lower School campus located at 3003 W. Maple Road in Bloomfield Hills. The opening marks the completion of the school’s second phase of its $33 million, multi-year Vivid Capital Campaign expansion plan, which was initiated in 2017.
“As we welcome our youngest students to their new home away from home, we are humbled by the forward-thinking leadership put forth by our board of trustees to make this vision a reality,” says Glen Shilling, headmaster. “This new campus is a testament to our school’s commitment to providing learning opportunities for the current students and generations of students to come.”
The ceremony included remarks from Shilling; Don Stebbins, chairman of the board of directors for Country Day; and Danialle Karmanos, board member and chair of the board’s Advancement Committee.
This renovation features classroom fronts of Victorian, bungalow, or brownstone design; a gallery incorporating a wet lab, tinker lab, and study group rooms; a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, or STEAM, space; a full size gymnasium; and a fully equipped cafeteria. In addition, the school now accommodates pre-K through grade four students, which was previously split between the school’s Maple Road and Village campuses.
In 2018, the school unveiled its $14 million Middle School expansion. The renovation featured enhanced spaces and technology and expanded its classrooms to accommodate fifth grade students. The Middle School offers STEAM spaces for project based learning, an instrumental music room, performance spaces, and more.
The Vivid Capital Campaign will continue through 2021.
Country Day was founded in 1914 and has since expanded to enroll more than 1,500 students each year on four locations in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Hills. It is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school.