NYA Learning Commons Summer 2019

NYA Undergoing Renovation Projects Totaling $2 Million in Summer 2019

This summer, North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is embarking on several capital projects with a total budget of over $2 million. These mission-aligned, strategic projects are designed to enhance both the academic and athletic experience for NYA students.

“These capital improvements are aligned with the Academy’s strategic plan and affirm our commitment to providing the very best program for our students. Academics, arts, and athletics are the cornerstone of NYA’s mission, and as NYA plans for the future, it will continue to blend the very best of what the Academy has stood for with new and innovative programs designed to prepare students for success in today’s changing world,” said NYA Head of School, Ben Jackson.

The centerpiece of these improvements is the transformation of the Academy’s current library into a modern, state of the art learning commons. This project will transform NYA’s library into a contemporary, two-level welcoming facility with floor to ceiling windows and abundant natural light, more than doubling its current size. The NYA Learning Commons, considered a library of the future, will include a greater selection of study spaces, collaborative work rooms, and integrated technology throughout. This project aligns with the Academy’s current program initiatives to ensure students are prepared for success in today’s changing world. The space is set to open this winter.

Additional academic enhancements include an investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming at the Academy. New resources will be added to support STEM programs in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, and the addition of a STEM teacher to oversee programs and continue to build on the Academy’s commitment to STEM. The scope of this position will include the introduction of electives and full credit course work from Lower to Upper School and oversight of NYA’s Diploma of Distinction in STEM for Upper School students.

The Academy is also embarking on several major athletic projects. The turf field will be replaced this summer with a new durable, dual fiber surface that will promote safe play and extend seasons for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. The new surface, pad, and fill will be ready for NYA’s preseason practices in mid-August. In addition to the turf installation, NYA plans to enhance the spectator experience by adding improved seating adjacent to the turf and a new scoreboard. This phase of the project is slated for completion next summer.

Work has already commenced on three new tennis courts. These courts will support NYA’s Middle and Upper School interscholastic tennis program. The courts will also feature additional lines and a backboard to promote player development for juniors and beginners and to support NYA’s Lower School physical education program. As in the past, the courts will also be available for community events and tournaments upon request. Combined, these athletic projects celebrate recent success with NYA’s athletic teams and continue to promote health and wellness throughout the curriculum.

Finally, with a continued focus on sustainability, the Academy will complete its campus-wide conversion to natural gas and add a cleaner, more efficient HVAC system to the Curtis Building. Work on this project is underway, and it is slated for completion in August.

All of these projects are made possible by generous donations from NYA alumni, parents, grandparents, friends, and foundations. “We are very grateful to those who made NYA a philanthropic priority and contributed funds to support these projects. Their gifts will have a tremendous impact on the Academy’s ability to deliver the best possible experiences to students for generations to come,” explained Jackson.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve with an enrollment of over 360 students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character, and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or information@nya.org.


June 24, 2019