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Scituate's Inly School campus grows to 10 acres from six

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 26, 2012 11:34 AM

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Photo courtesy of Inly School

(Above)Tree table and stools at the Outdoor Classroom. (Left)
Inly middle school students hang out in a tree at the Earth Day celebration

Scituate’s Inly School has doubled the size of its campus with the purchase of adjoining land for use as an outdoor classroom.

According to a press release, Inly purchased a parcel of land on Watch Hill in Scituate on April 2, expanding the size of the pre-K to Grade 8 campus to 10 acres from six.

The additional four acres is across the street from the current campus, which will allow the school to expand its septic system and build what is promised to be an “extensive outdoor classroom.”

“We are tremendously excited about this wonderful new space for our school. Inly students will enjoy in-depth work through exploration, which is the hallmark of an experiential Montessori school, with just a short walk across the way! We look forward to developing an extensive program and are incredibly grateful for the opportunity,” said Head of School, Donna Milani Luther.

School administrators hope that the outdoor classroom will give students the opportunity to explore the outdoors and integrate the new space with the schools’ hands-on, experimental science curriculum.

Staffers have said that the expansion is the result of years of work by both the school’s senior leadership and the Board of Trustees.

Not only does it increase the opportunity for short-term growth, with an outdoor classroom, but it also helps Inly look toward future expansion, board members said.

The purchase "was strategically critical to allow for the continued long-term growth of Inly’s educational opportunities at its current location,” said Board of Trustees President Paul Antico.

The funds for this purchase were raised by donors who “understood the impact of this addition for the future of the school,” Antico said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held this past Monday, followed by a tour of the property from middle school students.

For more information about Inly School, click here.

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