Germantown Academy in Fort Washington and La College High School in Wyndmoor have announced a series of substantial upgrades and investments to their private campuses, each of which are expected to be unveiled in the near future.
On Tuesday, August 15, Germantown Academy posted the following on Facebook:
Heading into this year, we look forward with great anticipation to the grand opening of our PreK-12 Health & Wellness Center and the accompanying programming and opportunities it will afford our entire community! In addition, we took the opportunity this summer to freshen up the Small Gym, as we did with the Field House last year, and are thrilled with the results!
Photo courtesy of Germantown Academy
Six hours later, La Salle College High School posted the following on Facebook:
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Two days prior, The Philadelphia Business Journal published an article titled “Philadelphia-area private schools spending millions on athletic facilities, esports centers, other projects“.
The article describes the changes taking place at various private and independent schools in the region, including Hill Top Preparatory School (Bryn Mawr), Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Chestnut Hill), Villa Maria Academy High School (Malvern), and Frankford Friends School (Fishtown). Their facilities’ improvements include “sprawling new athletic facilities, academic buildings, technology centers and playgrounds” with health and wellness noted as “a particular focus.”
It describes Germantown Academy’s 25,000 sf, $10 million health and wellness center, which has a soft opening expected in August and a grand opening at the start of the school year.
From the article:
“We’re quadrupling the size of our weight room, which will be beneficial not just for the student-athletes, but for a large percentage of our population that is [suffering] the aftereffects of the pandemic,” said Tim Ginter, Germantown Academy’s director of athletics. “There will be mindfulness sessions, yoga sessions, and positive psychology sessions for our student-athletes and our students who are trying to bridge that gap between healthy minds, healthy body, healthy spirit. … It is really our hope that it becomes a space that everyone in the community, faculty, staff, maybe even parents and alumni come back and use.”
La Salle College High School’s 5,000 sf addition is expected to be finished “early next school year”, according to The Journal:
“Construction has begun on a 5,000-square-foot addition to house the school’s David Program. The building will include small meeting places for the program’s private and intensified learning sessions (with a teacher-student ratio of one-to-one and one-to-two) as well as larger common rooms for collaboration. Now in its 21st year, the David Program maximizes the academic potential of college-bound students with diagnosed learning differences. In the summer of 2023, ground was broken on a 7,000 square foot facility that will adjoin the school’s main academic building. The addition will house bright and inviting collaborative learning spaces along with a group study room and common area. The facility will feature state-of-the-art technology and private offices, which are critical for one-to-one interaction with the program’s six dedicated learning specialists. We anticipate the new David Center opening next fall for the 2024-25 academic year.” – Christopher M. Carabello, director of marketing, communications and public relations, La Salle College High School