CARROLLWOOD — Some of the best memories from school come from the gatherings and events that are experienced. A football game on your home team’s field or a homecoming dance in the school’s gymnasium, both are some of those lifetime memories.
Last week, Carrollwood Day School held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new gymnasium, a part of its vision for the future of student life. The new gymnasium is to be a communal area on campus and is to be much more than just a gym. It is meant to be a place for gatherings, athletic events, science fairs, pep rallies and more.
“The gym will benefit our kids socially and athletically and be a place of pride for our competitive programs. We are very proud of our students every day and are excited to give them more,” Nick Rodriguez, director of advancement, said. The school has been steadily growing and expanding since it opened as an Early Childhood Center in 1981, and plans are for it to keep growing.
In the past, when events have come up, Carrollwood Day School has had to rent gym space and time from other schools and facilities. Everyone is very excited about those days being over.
“With a still-growing private IB school, our goal is to make sure that we are offering the complete experience for our students and families,” Rodriguez said.
International Baccalaureate, otherwise known as IB, is an educational nonprofit foundation that offers programs that encourage children to think critically and challenge what they are told. The school has been an IB World School since 2005.
The gymnasium will be home to three volleyball courts and two full-size basketball courts. There will be seating for more than 500. There is also a planned fitness area and some outside areas for the students in the works.
“After completion of the elementary building and redesign of the high school in 2011 we knew athletic facilities were on the horizon,” Rodriguez said.
The gymnasium is just the first of many new athletic facilities that are envisioned.
In the future the school also would like to build a multiple-use complex that would house football, baseball and soccer fields. In the meantime, the new 25,000-square-foot gymnasium will become the center of student life. The facility will be completed in the fall of this year.