PreSchool - Grade 8
Madison, CT

Shaping the Future

The Campaign for the 60th Anniversary

In celebration of our school's 60th Anniversary, The Country School campus is undergoing a dramatic transformation which promises to shape the experiences of students, teachers, and families for generations to come.

Phase 1: New facilities

After 10 months of construction, Phase 1 concluded during the late spring of 2016, with the exciting and transformative expansion of our athletic facilities. Thanks to the remarkable generosity of a broad array of donors who collectively donated more than $1.2 million, we were able to:

  • install two new side-by-side, state-of-the-art athletic fields and a baseball/softball diamond
  • construct the Rothberg Tennis Center, a four-court tennis facility, where, in partnership with Madison Racquet & Swim Club, we hold USTA events and offer our own programming
  • create a new playground near the athletic complex, featuring a full-sized, outdoor basketball court, gaga pit, swing set, and more
  • install the Class of 2016 outdoor patio and a gazebo overlooking the athletic complex

In addition, we were able to upgrade landscaping across campus, including near entrances, on campus pathways, and in the Clark House preschool playground, for both aesthetic and functional purposes.

Phase 2: Redesigning our campus footprint to enhance learning, collaboration, and safety

During the summer of 2016, we embarked on Phase 2, a plan to rework campus infrastructure, moving vehicles and parking to the outskirts of campus and converting the center of campus to a pedestrian "village for learning." The plan, part of a Master Campus Plan developed by Centerbrook Architects, also calls for:

  • A redesign and upgrading of all entrances to campus
  • Aesthetic enhancements to classroom buildings and grounds
  • The rethinking of collaborative spaces, both indoor and outdoor, to facilitate interactive activities and collaborative learning and to support student-centered activity

The small-scale village atmosphere of the redesigned campus will set The Country School campus apart from its peer schools, creating a gracious and inviting atmosphere capable of serving and inspiring students and visitors alike.

In addition to the physical enhancements on campus, the Campaign for the 60th Anniversary will support our school's greatest treasures: its students and its teachers. The campaign calls for the creation of a permanent endowment to benefit faculty and staff salaries and retirement contributions and a substantial increase in funds earmarked for scholarship.

To support Phase 2 of Shaping the Future: The Campaign for the 60th Anniversary, click below. Or feel free to contact Head of School John Fixx or Director of Development David Beecher to discuss your gift plans.

To monitor the progress of the campaign and campus improvement plan, please see news stories below or visit our Shaping the Future album on The Country School Facebook page.

News about Shaping the Future

Follow the progress

Video created by Christopher Arrandale, TCS class of 2014.
A first-ever tennis round robin for juniors at the Rothberg Tennis Center during the annual Country School Golf and Tennis Classic for Scholarship.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the athletic complex.

More here

A bird's eye view of the new fields.

Great excitement as the sod is installed on the new fields!

It's starting to look green!

Students and teachers come together on the soon-to-be tennis courts to mark the 60th day of school on the 60th year.

Alumni check out construction on Alumni Day.

Jamie Venuti answers Kindergartners' questions about the construction project. More here.

A view from the woods.

Building the baseball and softball backstop.

Exploring the dirt piles after a cross country training session.

Fascinated by the changes.

Madison Town officials join us for the ground breaking. More in The Source newspaper.

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