Envisioning the Future of High School Education by Michelle Moskowitz
On Nov. 20 last year, Stanwich School and Greenwich Country Day School (GCDS) simultaneously announced something that many in the broader education community and the local school communities considered to be seismic news.
“We have,” reported GCDS in an email, “entered into an agreement in which GCDS will consolidate and assume all operations of The Stanwich School to open The Greenwich Country Day High School (grades 9-12).”
The vote to approve this ambitious plan had unanimous support from the Board of Directors at GCDS “to create the premiere, coeducational, independent high school in the country.”
The Stanwich School, celebrating its twentieth year, is located at 257 Stanwich Road, just two miles from the GCDS campus. The proximity of the sprawling forty-acre Stanwich campus makes it a great match.
With approvals and permits from the Planning & Zoning Commission already in place, renovations to the Stanwich campus will result in a fairly quick turn-around for the development of a first-class, modernized high school, that will include a performance center, an athletic center and field as well.
Spearheading the efforts of the new high school is Chief Integration Officer Stephanie Rogen of the Greenwich Leadership Partners.
Rogen, with support from the Greenwich Alliance for Education, implemented the Innovation Lab at Greenwich High School which has had much success and positive feedback.
The Innovation Lab is a flexible learning environment that begins sophomore year, providing students with a cross-disciplinary project-based approach to skills development, ownership of learning, a focus on building a ‘growth mindset,’ and community involvement – while utilizing technology as a dynamic tool for learning.
Imminent hires also entail a Head of the High School, as well as a Director of College Counseling, combined with top-tier educational consultants, who will be conducting extensive research and analysis from the country’s top innovative programs, with the goal of adopting the “best attributes for twenty-first century learning that is relevant and meaningful.”
Athletic Center. Construction Anticipated to Begin 2019.
Written By Michelle Moskowitz, Sentinel Correspondent
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