Bellevue-area private school readies $6M expansion

The New Community School has completed its new building at 4211 Hermitage Road.  (Mike Platania)

The New Community School has completed its new building at 4211 Hermitage Road. (Mike Platania)

A local private school is preparing to cut the ribbon on the newest addition to its Northside campus.

The New Community School has completed its new 15,700-square-foot building at 4211 Hermitage Road.

The new facility houses 16 new rooms, including eight classrooms, an art studio, a science lab and other offices.

The school will hold a private ribbon-cutting ceremony at the building this month for students’ families. Head of School Nancy Foy said staff will trickle into the new building over the summer and begin classes there in the fall.

To fund the expansion, New Community School launched a $5.5 million capital raise, dubbed the Build On Strength campaign. Foy said the project wound up costing closer to $5.8 million following delays.

“We’ve raised over $5.6 million. It’ll be paid off by the fall,” Foy said.

Hourigan Construction built the building, which was designed by Smith McClane Architects. Draper Aden Associates was the engineer.

The structure has eight classrooms, an art studio, a science lab and other offices. (Mike Platania)

The structure has eight classrooms, an art studio, a science lab and other offices. (Mike Platania)

Director of development Dan Stackhouse said the school received funds from over 250 donors, most of which came from foundations and alumni families in the Richmond area.

He said the institution will announce the name of the building later this month.

Stackhouse said he expects the expansion will coincide with the school’s hiring of five more teachers, to bring their total to 55, as well as marginally increase student enrollment.

“We have 156 students enrolled now. We expect that to jump by about 20,” Stackhouse said. “We want to keep the student-to-teacher ratio at about 3:1.”

The New Community School now has 12 buildings on its 8-acre campus in the city’s Northside.

The nonprofit private school specializes in teaching students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities in grades five through 12. Tuition ranges from $28,910 to $29,910.

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