This plan creates a 21st-century learning environment and completes needed investments in our campus infrastructure. The project will positively impact each of our students every day and enable us to better fulfill our mission. The scope of the renovation includes reimagining the library and cafeteria while providing a new space for our Extended Care classrooms and offices. Work will begin late this spring and will be substantially completed by the opening of the 2019-2020 school year.
 
The JCDS Center for Learning, Innovation, and Collaboration (The Center)
 
Our library will become a newly designed center that will provide a welcoming space that encourages learning, innovation, and collaboration. The flexible environment will serve our students, teachers, and the broader community in many new ways. 
 
The Center will feature:
  • A quiet space for studying and recreational reading
  • Flexible spaces for collaborative work and small-group instruction
  • Easy access to the library collections and digital tools
  • Interactive areas throughout for problem-based learning, exploring art and literature, and many other educational experiences
The dynamic new space is designed to prepare students for the 21st century by bringing the best of physical and digital learning together to create hubs and common spaces for exploration and connection. With a carefully thought-out design, the Center will connect to our makerspace and a newly upgraded audio/visual center where students will create, present, and invent.
 
Dining Room
 
When we surveyed our JCDS parents two years ago, it was clear that most parents and students were interested in a new dining experience on campus. The administration and Board of Trustees agreed and thoughtfully, but quickly, took steps to improve this experience. We realized there was only so much that we could do with a space that had been a gym for most of its 55 years. 
 
The new dining room will not only be a brighter space to eat with more natural light, but also provide a platform for teaching manners and character lessons. Students, teachers, staff, and administrators will continue to dine together to build community. The renovation will improve the dining experience and bring the outside in while also making the dining space a centerpiece of our school. The design will also allow us to transition to family style dining in the future.
 
Upgraded Space for Enrichment and Extended Care
 
As more families take advantage of the breadth of our Enrichment and Extended Care programs, these classrooms will be relocated to what is currently the library. This new space is more centralized, open, and bright. Moving will provide one location for parents and caregivers to use to pick up children from many Extended Care and Enrichment programs. 
 
Welcome Center & New Central Walkway
 
As part of the renovations to the main building, there will be a shift of the primary entry point onto our campus. Visitors will enter just above the amphitheater and walk down a tree-lined pathway directly into the new Welcome Center. By relocating the entrance, guests will be unable to visit other areas of the campus without first checking in at the Welcome Center. 
 
We will hold a presentation in April for parents and others interested in learning more about these upgrades to our campus. Large renderings of the renovation will be on display and Board members and administrators will address all aspects of the project including how this will allow us to expand programming, as well as architectural plans, financing, and logistics. 
 
This is an exciting time for the entire JCDS family. The JCDS Next Generation Renovation Project will positively impact our students and transform our campus like the Kelly Fine Arts Center did in 2001 and the Smith Center in 2012. 
 
We look forward to sharing the detailed plans of these transformational upgrades with our JCDS community in April.