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Renovated Middle School Building Reopens to Students

After a summer-long interior renovation, Middle School students and faculty returned to the Stites Building yesterday.

The Stites Building project is about much more than classroom space for our Middle School. The redesign is about creating community spaces that bring people together: large common areas where Middle School students and faculty can gather and learn together, Sally Borden Program classrooms alongside their grade-level counterparts in the Stites Building for the first time, and even spaces for our faculty and Lower School classes to meet as a whole grade.

At a special All-School Meeting, we shared about the Stites Building renovation and thanked all the people who helped make this project a reality over the past year. Watch to learn more and see how we celebrated the building’s reopening with a construction-themed gathering:

Following the meeting, students got to see the building for the first time, starting with eighth grade. After students and faculty spent some time exploring, classes began in the new spaces. Students were immediately able to take advantage of new features including common areas, mobile charging stations, and a variety of seating options in the classrooms.

The Stites Building will be formally rededicated to former Head of School Clay V. Stites during a ceremony in April 2024.

Read more in Dartmouth Week: ‘Everything is different’: Friends Academy renovates, redesigns middle school building

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