In 1945, seven families came together to found a unique and necessary school. Our world has changed, the vitality of their vision has not. This is our moment to build the GDS that fulfills our deepest values, to create a school that matches the challenges of our time. We have a once-in-a-generation chance to create a unified school that lifts the GDS idea into the future.
For the first time in 45 years, the entire Georgetown Day School will reside at one address. That we have not had this before is an accident of history. Community is at the very core of the GDS idea.
Our new unified campus, a short walk from Metro rail and bus transit hubs, will open GDS’s doors wider to more families and faculty. Innovative biking, walking, bus, and carpool designs will allow us to be a better environmental citizen. Cost efficiencies from the single campus and value from real estate holdings will help drive us to new heights in our commitment to financial aid.
Our students—in Lower, Middle, and High School—will share more than a plot of land. They will use each other’s theaters and gymnasiums, the bounty of shared space. And the benefit is really much deeper than that: The entirety of GDS will share an experience, with structured opportunities for mentorship. High School theater aficionados, for example, will walk across the street to help Middle School kids design sets and lighting schemes. Proximity will allow us to reap the riches of progressive education, where our students are trusted to teach and lead.