Inspired by enthusiastic teachers and parents, gardening projects have been incorporated into classroom programs, and students have become avid gardeners through our Learning Garden Program as well as through the time they spend exploring, playing and learning across our campus.
There are three main classroom areas on our campus: the Palm building, MPR/Gramma's Attic, and the Magnolia building. The Palm Building holds our kindergarten through third-grade classrooms, our main office and some of our administrative offices. Like all of our buildings, it provides large, well-lit classrooms while reflecting the warmth of the Park Day community. The Palm Building underwent a significant seismic retrofit in 2012.
The MPR/Gramma's Attic buildings hold our fourth-grade through sixth-grade classes. Classrooms with lofts for quiet reading, sitting areas for small group projects and high ceilings make this a wonderful place for students to grow and learn; to move from being young children to inquisitive, thoughtful kids. Sixth-graders main classrooms are at the end of this structure closest to the Magnolia, making it convenient for the sixth-graders to visit the nearby middle school building for some of their classes. This deliberate approach allows sixth-graders to be the "big kids" in our lower school and develop leadership skills before entering middle school. The MPR/Gramma's Attic buildings are the newest structures on campus, built in 1993.
The Magnolia Building holds our seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms, two art rooms, the music room and our primary indoor meeting space that we call The Great Room. The Magnolia Building also holds administrative offices and our fully-equipped kitchen. The kitchen allows Park Day School to offer hot lunch as an alternative to kids bringing lunches every day. The Magnolia Building was renovated in 2009.
Our outdoor space is much more than an extension of our classrooms; it is an integral part of our place for learning. From outdoor math or science classes, to PE, gardening, lunch and recess, the entire four-acre campus offers a multitude of spaces for learning, building, gardening, exploring, relaxing and playing.