Designed by respected leaders in Philadelphia’s architectural, environmental, and engineering communities, the new McCausland Lower School building will embody the best of current thinking in these fields as it relates to educational structures. A three-story building tucked into the wooded landscape leading down to the Wissahickon, the primary features include:
- Use of natural materials, such as native Wissahickon schist, bamboo, slate shingles, and wood
- Ample windows bathing classrooms in natural light
- Multipurpose classrooms with spaces for active and reflective activities
- Specialized spaces for music, art, science, CEL, PE, language, etc.
- Classroom furnishings and layouts that accommodate both solitary and collaborative work, including reading nooks, storage for projects, and both relaxed and formal work seating
- In the spirit of the Wissahickon Inn, a grand entrance hallway with a welcoming fireplace
- Playscapes and a small amphitheatre made from natural materials that encourage the imagination and connect students with the surrounding environment
- Vidcast Studio for video, coding, and animation production
- Science labs incorporating state-of-the-art equipment
- A two-story library and community space that overlooks the SCH woods and connects to the Wissahickon Park
- In keeping with the school’s commitment to sustainability, a cafeteria that supports waste reduction and recycling
In addition to construction of a new building for our youngest learners, the main building on Cherokee Campus will also undergo renovations. The part of the building that currently houses the Lower School for Girls will be demolished to accommodate a new, light-filled Middle School entrance and construction of a bus loop to streamline traffic flow and ease congestion during pick-up and drop-off times. A new 115-space parking lot, next to the Lower School, will serve faculty and guests of both divisions.