Upon completion, the two-story structure will complement the Middle School’s academic rigor and inclusive culture in both form and function. It will feature, among other improvements, an additional Grade 5 classroom, a new dining hall, a digital media classroom, increased space for the arts, and new classrooms for the English and History programs. Three skylights will wash the building in natural light as a large window wall offers views of the Upper School and the Academy’s playing fields. An open Central Hall / Gathering Space with tiered seating will serve as the hub of school activity, creating room for everything from assemblies and classes to snack time and casual conversation. Added interactive spaces, both indoors and outdoors, will reinforce a sense of community.
The Academy began construction in the summer of 2021. The project is slated to be finished in the summer of 2022, and we will begin the 2022-23 school year in the new building.
The Thayer Academy Middle School Transformation Project will enhance program flexibility, scheduling autonomy, and a spirit of true collaboration while making the Middle School itself more visible to the larger community. The end result will be a school reimagined to more fully address the needs and expectations of today’s students and families.
Click the link below to view the construction plan for the next two weeks. This link will be updated periodically, so please check back to see what to expect on the construction site for the next two weeks.
“We hope that with this new building and new spaces for design thinking, it will enable us to vertically align our curriculum so that every student is exposed to design thinking from fifth to eighth grade.” Galen Hamann, Middle School Director
“The future [of this school] is about building strong relationships between teachers and students and among peers, and this building literally is a physical manifestation of that priority.” Chris Fortunato P '26, '28, Head of School