Historic Announcement for Stanwich School
Dear Stanwich Community,
We write to you with important and historic news for The Stanwich School community.
We are announcing today that The Stanwich School and Greenwich Country Day School (“GCDS”) have entered into a definitive agreement to consolidate students, faculty, operations and facilities into one Nursery to Grade 12 school. This consolidation will take place over the next 20 months, culminating in the September 2019 grand opening of a new Greenwich Country Day High School-Stanwich Campus for combined Grades 9-12 students on Stanwich Road, and a fully integrated Nursery to Grade 8 program at the current GCDS campus on Old Church Road.
Our collaboration with GCDS positions us to fully realize, in an expedited timeframe, Pat Young and our founding families’ original dream of establishing a preeminent Nursery to Grade 12 co-educational independent school in Greenwich. We are excited about this combination, which will create one of the leading college preparatory schools in the country, including a state-of-the-art high school facility on our current campus. Importantly, it ensures the steady continuation of the many tenets of our mission that are shared by GCDS.
For the balance of the 2017-2018 academic year, each school will continue academic and extracurricular operations independently. The 2018-2019 academic year will be a transition year to allow for facilities upgrades and high school curriculum planning. For that transition year, current Stanwich students and their teachers in Grades Pre-K to 12 will remain at the Stanwich campus. GCDS students will remain at their campus on Old Church Road.
In September 2019, GCDS Headmaster, Adam Rohdie, and the Country Day community will warmly welcome Stanwich students up through Grade 8 and their parents at the GCDS Old Church Road campus. Stanwich and GCDS students in Grades 9-12, along with additional students expected to enroll from Greenwich and neighboring communities, will join together at the grand opening of Greenwich Country Day High School-Stanwich Campus.
Over the last twenty years, our path to “building the dream” has been both exciting and challenging. Through the enormous generosity of committed Stanwich families, we were able to purchase our beautiful 40-acre campus on Stanwich Road. We established an ambitious campus plan and successfully won a series of necessary approvals from the Planning & Zoning Commission. Along the way, again thanks to our generous donors, we built out our field and gymnasium, completed facilities upgrades, and consolidated our Pre-K through Grade 12 students on one campus.
In recent years, demographic and economic factors have changed the competitive landscape for independent schools in the Fairchester area. The impact on our enrollment and resources has begun to challenge our long-term ability to sustain our program. When the leadership of GCDS approached our Board to explore the possibility of consolidating our operations, we recognized our like-minded missions and the benefits of aligning ourselves with their educational philosophy, track record, and considerable financial resources. We were also pleased that our Board’s goals of robust enrollment and facilities upgrades — including the West Wing expansion — would be within immediate reach. Following extensive Board discussion and consideration, including consultation with our school’s founder, Pat Young, we have come to this historic agreement to secure the best interests of Stanwich current students, their families and our teachers.
Founded in 1926, Greenwich Country Day School is one of the most highly regarded independent elementary and middle school programs in the United States. In recent years, the GCDS Board has explored the question of expansion through the high school years in order to provide their own students with continuity of program through Grade 12. Stanwich provides the complementary foundation to complete their vision.
Though we feel fortunate for this opportunity, we acknowledge that this development was not anticipated. We understand that change can be both exciting and challenging. The Stanwich Board of Trustees believes the combined Nursery to Grade 12 program will provide an extraordinary opportunity to serve all of our families — offering a rich academic experience, strong athletics, arts and extracurricular programs and first-class facilities at a co-educational, values-based family school.
We believe that this consolidation provides a vibrant future for both the GCDS and Stanwich communities. We welcome your input and support as we embark on this new endeavor together.
Head of School