Academic Resource Center
In the Academic Resource Center (ARC), learning specialists partner with teachers, parents and administrators to support each child’s unique needs. With a warm, welcoming common area, three adjacent offices and a small testing room, the new Lower School ARC will facilitate student-faculty collaboration before, during and after school—in small-group or one-on-one sessions.
Our Lower School leadership team, admissions representatives and counselors will support day-to-day operations from new offices that both encourage collaboration and maintain privacy. An admissions waiting area and meeting room will welcome prospective families to Pace, while a larger conference room will provide an additional on-campus meeting space.
Design Thinking Lab
Design Thinking builds awareness and understanding of real-world problems through a human-centered, hands-on and team-based approach to learning—a method that mandates room to explore! In the new Design Thinking lab, our youngest innovators will have at their fingertips all the tools they need to collaborate, think critically, communicate and, above all, create.
Students, parents, faculty and staff will soon come together in the Kam Memar Lower School’s nearly 2,000-square-foot meeting room, a multi-purpose space suitable for hosting everything from class plays to seated dinners. The 1,500-square-foot pre-function space outside the meeting room, complete with a working fireplace, will welcome guests as they enter. Faculty and staff will enjoy breaks in the day from a new second-floor lounge, including adjacent restrooms and a kitchenette.
When it comes to creating prepared, confident citizens of the world, we simply cannot overemphasize the importance of play. With a towering ceiling and direct access to the playground, our 3,900-square-foot gymnasium will allow students to engage with each other, exercise and simply shake some of their electric energy. Gym users and playground-goers alike will use the space’s adjoining restrooms, and a nearby elevator will provide accessibility from the floors above.
The sounds of instruments and young voices in song will fill the lower level of the Kam Memar Lower School, which will include two large music classrooms. At 1,700 and 1,100 square feet, the rooms will more than accommodate our thriving strings, band and choral programs, and adjacent storage will maximize instructional spaces.
Hands-on experimentation is the name of the game when it comes to science. The new science classroom will allow students to question, explore and analyze the world around them like never before, and its proximity to the Design Thinking lab will increase cross-curricular collaboration, creativity and innovation.