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A Tremendous Year

11 Feb A Tremendous Year

Advent head of school Nicole DuFauchard shares some exciting news about the School.

This has been a tremendous year for The Advent School. We launched our strategic plan, Learn, Act, Change, and added a third building to our campus.

The SMART Lab is a key component of our program. The building is home to our Spanish, yoga, music, art, and science programs for First through Sixth Grade students. If you are on Charles Street during the day you are almost guaranteed to see Advent students traveling to 99 West Cedar for their specials. Our students take great pride in their neighborhood and love calling the SMART Lab home.

Acquiring the SMART Lab directly aligns with our goal of implementing a ten year master plan for facilities. You can read more about this in the strategic plan. As we look toward the future, the opportunity to consider our facilities in complete way is truly an exciting opportunity for us and our program.

The decision to purchase 99 West Cedar Street was heavily vetted by the Board of Trustees. Its merits were considered from every angle–mission alignment, financial, practical, programmatic–and, in the end, it became clear that not purchasing the building would be the error.

David Linhart P’19 serves on the Board of Trustees and was a member of the Negotiation Committee. He shared with me some thoughts about the negotiation process.

“We wanted to secure the SMART Lab space as a key part of The Advent School learning experience,” said David. “At the same time, we understood the importance of negotiating a deal that would maintain the School’s fiscal health. We were pleased with the outcome of providing consistency to our program while adding a valuable asset to the School.”

The School released a notice about the acquisition to the media to share our announcement with the greater Boston and educational communities. You can read it below.

All members of the community will have the opportunity to hear an update on the strategic plan and the purchase of the SMART Lab at the State of the School event on Tuesday, March 8. Look for more details about this event soon.

I would like to thank all members of the the Board of Trustees and Jeff Morgan, Director of Finance and Operations, for their work during this complex process. The future is bright at Advent.

Press Release

Purchase of 99 West Cedar Street signals long-term commitment to Beacon Hill and will enable
The Advent School to continue to enrich its arts, engineering, design, and other curriculum.

February 4, 2016: The Advent School, a progressive, independent school located in the heart of Boston and serving students from virtually every Boston neighborhood, announced today it has completed the purchase of 99 West Cedar Street in Beacon Hill. The two-story 5,500-square foot building adds to space currently owned and occupied by The Advent School just a few blocks away at 15 and 17 Brimmer Street. Michael Price, on behalf of Eastport Real Estate Services, managed the sale, which closed February 3, 2016. The Advent School completed an extensive renovation of 99 West Cedar Street in 2011, after having entered into a multi-year agreement to lease the building in 2010.

“The Advent School has a more than 50-year legacy of serving the families of Boston and we feel a very strong, natural connection to the local community,” commented Head of School Nicole DuFauchard. “The purchase of 99 West Cedar Street is a wonderful opportunity to deepen that connection and to ensure The Advent School remains an urban school with vibrant programming for years to come.”

“We have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with The Advent School as our tenant and their purchase of the property is a logical transition,” said Michael Price of Eastport Real Estate Services. “I am personally pleased that this building will remain an important part of the neighborhood’s fabric and continue to serve the community’s educational needs.”

Families from 45 neighborhoods attend The Advent School. The School was founded as a fully integrated alternative to the forced busing of the 1960s and continues to serve a diverse population with a progressive curriculum rooted in social justice. In the last decade, The Advent School has seen its student population grow from one to two classrooms for each grade from pre-K through sixth. “There is incredible interest from families in our globally-focused curriculum set amid the historical and cultural offerings of the City of Boston,” said Elizabeth O’Brien, President of the Board of Trustees for The Advent School. “The kind of hands-on learning that goes on in Advent classrooms from Brimmer Street to West Cedar Street, and outside of those buildings, is truly inspiring.”

Advent brings educators, lecturers, and visiting artists from around the globe to Boston.

Advent faculty embrace the city of Boston as an extension of their classroom. The School enjoys partnerships with the Museum of Fine Arts, the D-Lab at MIT, the Charlestown YMCA, the Museum of Science, and many other cultural institutions around Boston.

About The Advent School
The Advent School is a secular pre-K through sixth grade independent school located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Advent is committed to staying true to its founding mission by providing a forward thinking curriculum that inspires and engages a child’s passion for learning and instilling a commitment to social justice and a culture of collaboration where every child has the confidence to take action in a connected world.

Media Contact
Abigail Grenon, Director of Communication
The Advent School
617-742-0520 x 54