At the State of the School program on January 17, Head of School Tracie Catlett announced an exciting and ambitious new initiative: a $27 million comprehensive campaign that will strengthen the school’s commitment to academic excellence and public purpose.
Be Bold: The Campaign for Our Future will raise $25 million for a new Preschool Center; a new Center for Student Life, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation; a new maintenance facility, and new restroom facilities at the tennis center. An additional $2 million will go toward the school’s endowment in order to fund maintenance on these new facilities. The campaign is the largest in the school’s history.
The Be Bold campaign was ignited with a historic $5 million gift from Steve and Jackie Bell directed to the Center for Student Life, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. Ms. Catlett also announced that seven additional donors have generously contributed a total of $3,485,000, providing the campaign with significant momentum and making up 31% of our $27 million goal. GDS aims to raise 80% of the $27 million goal by December, 2023, during the leadership phase of the campaign.
More details about the campaign, including a timeline, are posted on the Be Bold Campaign web page.
I am deeply appreciative of our donors’ support and commitment to a campaign that will have a lasting impact on the children and families in our community for generations. This campaign is a bold initiative that will be transformative for our families and the Greensboro community.
Tracie Catlett, Head of School
The Greensboro Day School Board of Trustees has selected Little Architects of Charlotte, North Carolina, to design the two new buildings and Samet Corporation of Greensboro as general contractor for the Preschool Center. Construction on the Preschool Center will begin this summer with a projected open date of fall 2024. See the Be Bold Campaign web page for a detailed timeline.
Since launching the school’s existing two-year-old program in 2019, the school’s overall preschool enrollment has grown by 79% over the last three years. “We currently have wait pools in our two-year-old and three-year-old programs, and we are near capacity in Junior Kindergarten,” said Preschool Director Laura Shue. “I am thrilled that our preschool program can look forward to a new home in a modern space designed specifically for preschoolers by our expert preschool teachers.”