By Anna-Marie Menhenott
MARTIN COUNTY -- Plans for the unification of The Pine School's two campuses have been finalized, making way for both schools to be housed on the 142-acre Hobe Sound campus.
"We are really excited about the possibility of having all of our students in one area," said Robert Ankrom, director of communications and marketing at TPS.
The Pine School has finalized all paperwork in securing ownership of the Hobe Sound campus, an important step which paves the way for the School to combine its two campuses
Having completed the first phase of the "uKnight" campaign, the second phase will focus on bringing the Lower School to Hobe Sound for the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. A third phase includes future construction of new performing arts facilities, additional classroom space and administrative offices.
"Now the hard, but rewarding work of uKnighting our school family will begin in earnest," shared Head of School Phyllis Parker. "Families and teachers are looking forward to being together in one short year."
School administrators are working with Martin County, school architects, and local contractors for the build out of the Hobe Sound campus. The plan calls for existing Administrative offices to be refitted to accommodate spacious Lower School classrooms while design will begin on a state-of-the-art Community Arts/Multi-Functional space. Administrative offices will temporarily exist in modular units until complete construction is completed.
"The existing buildings will be modified to accommodate the students who will be moving campuses, and also our expectant growth in the coming years," Mr. Ankrom said. "New buildings will be built and the initial outfitting will begin this year. It's a very exciting time."
The combining of the campuses will provide The Pine School with a united home and will allow for expanded and unique growth opportunities on all fronts. Students and faculty will collaborate in ways never before possible.
Beginning in August 2014, The Pine School will be celebrating its 45th year of serving the Treasure Coast. The School's age three through grade twelve with a strong core curriculum and striving to install a lifelong love of learning. The Pine School has had a campus in Hobe Sound since 2007. Strong Academics, competitive Athletics, and inspiring Arts provide students with an exceptionally balanced education preparing them for success in college and beyond. For the sixth consecutive year 100 percent of our graduating seniors earned college acceptances and arts and athletic programs have been repeatedly recognized for excellence.
The Lower School is currently located at 1300 E. Tenth Street, Stuart. The Middle and Upper School is located at 12350 S.E. Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.
To learn more about The Pine School visit www.thepineschool.org.