The GUS campus spreads over 23 acres of woodland, marsh and glen. Inside and out, our school celebrates the land. Our nature trail winds through the woods, past vernal ponds, and opens onto an outdoor classroom where students engage in activities as diverse as science experiments and poetry-writing. Nearby, a 7,000 square-foot renovated greenhouse, originally constructed as part of the Orchidvale Estate, houses classroom space as well as an area used by The Food Project to begin growing vegetables that eventually provide more than 60,000 pounds of fresh produce each year.
Our lower school building, a stucco edifice complete with original silo, houses grades K-5, and has its own science laboratory, two art rooms, and music studio. It retains the charm of an old farm building, but with large windows in every room, diminishing the boundaries between inside and out, just as the school’s founders envisioned.
Our new 15,000 square-foot upper school building, completed in 2007, houses six classrooms for grades six through eight, as well as a science laboratory, a conference room, an assembly space for meetings, performances, and social gatherings, and offices. Built partially on the footprint of an original Orchidvale structure, it integrates some of the old walls in its design.
Our playing field, large enough for two simultaneous soccer or lacrosse games, provides our physical education classes and upper school teams room to practice and compete. A play area for recreation, complete with structures, swings, four-square and hopscotch, allows our younger students safe and creative areas to explore, imagine, and exercise. An outdoor basketball court welcomes play during recess or after school.
Braemar, opened in 1999, contains a full-size gymnasium/auditorium, a performance stage with theater lights and a removable sprung floor for dance, a kitchen for school events, and a raised viewing area.
Words only convey a fraction of what makes our campus special. We hope the photos here help you get a fuller sense of Glen Urquhart, but please plan a visit soon to get the whole picture.
We refurbished the greenhouse in 2009, and now it plays a central role in our community service projects as well as in our curriculum.
Braemar, opened in 1999, contains a full-size gymnasium/auditorium, a performance stage with theater lights and a removable sprung floor for dance
Another recent addition to our campus the nature trail is enjoyed by students, faculty staff and neighbors alike.