Merrill Lower School Spring

NYA to Expand Lower School – Adding Classrooms for Fall 2023

Yarmouth, Maine, May 1, 2023: The Lower School at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) will expand with a renovation and addition to the current Merrill Lower School building. The project will take place in two phases over the next two to four years. Phase one is designed to meet an immediate need for increased demand for the early education program at NYA.

Phase one of the project includes a temporary facility for third and fourth grade including state-of-the art technology and a larger floorplan. This creates space for additional toddler (ages 18-months to two) and primary classes (ages three and four) in the current Merrill Lower School building, and a dedicated Lower School art room, all of which will be ready for use in the fall of 2023.

“We consider this paving the way for the future,” explains NYA Head of School, Ben Jackson. “We have a consistent increase in demand for our early education program that we simply couldn’t have predicted 10 years ago when the Lower School opened. We need more space.”

Phase two includes design development followed by construction of a two-story addition to the current Merrill Lower School building. The final design will include state-of-the-art new classrooms, specials classrooms, tutoring and teacher workrooms, and additional common areas. The goal for completion of phase two is the fall of 2026.

“As we expand the Lower School building to meet the needs of the program, we will maintain our commitment to small class sizes, individualized attention, and supporting an exceptional faculty in the classroom,” said Marissa Markonish, Head of Lower and Middle Schools at NYA. “We are very excited about this renovation and expansion, and we look forward to welcoming additional new toddler and primary students to NYA this fall.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Lower School at NYA for your child, please contact or visit the Lower School section of our website.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to postgraduate students with an enrollment of 375 students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or and visit our website at