Serendipity Elementary School Expansion Approved

Serendipity Elementary School is pleased to announce that our school expansion plans recently received the unanimous approval of both the Planning Commission and City Council of Belmont. This achievement marks a significant step towards the implementing of an exciting improvement project at our Belmont Campus. Serendipity is currently working closely with its primary architect and various consultants to conclude the process of expansion.  The best estimate at this time is that off-site construction could begin in early 2018, and that on-site construction could begin as early as mid-June 2018 and conclude by the end of 2018.

So, what would our elementary school do with more space? That’s simple—create even more creative, imaginative, and inspiring spaces where children can wonder, explore, discover, and celebrate the joys of childhood.

The plans envision 3 substantial developments to the Belmont campus. The first and perhaps most important is the addition of a new environmentally-sustainable, high-end modular building, constructed by Gen7 of Ames Manufacturing.  Just under 5,000 square feet and made to our custom specifications, the building will contain a large multipurpose room, a technology lab, an art workshop, a spacious library, a new campus kitchen, as well as an office, separate bathrooms for children and adults, and additional storage spaces.

The second component consists of nearly one and one-half acres of developed outdoor play and learning spaces.  Geared towards creativity, imagination, movement, and plain old fun; these spaces will house unique play structures, edible gardens, a greenhouse, a large amphitheater for performance and dramatic play, a playscape amidst the trees, and a nature deck extending over an outdoor classroom.

The final aspect of our plans addresses various modern infrastructural improvements to the entry to the school grounds, the existing playground, our parking lot, and site-water drainage systems, among others.

Serendipity Elementary School was designed to be a small close-knit learning community of 130 students or less. An important note is that the proposed campus enhancements will not result in student enrollment that exceeds that number, a deliberate decision we made in order to maintain the warm and personal atmosphere in which everyone is known and appreciated for who they are, an atmosphere that is uniquely Serendipity. To that end, class sizes will remain small, and low student-teacher ratios will be maintained. Imagine then, if you will, what these additional features and spaces will mean to our faculty and staff, and especially to our children!

We are delighted to continue our journey to provide our Serendipity students with the very best in education and care.

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