View Full Version : All NYC Speyer Legacy School Debuts 'Town Square'-Style Building with Indoor Lawns

10-17-2013, 08:43 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20131017/upper-west-side/speyer-legacy-opens-town-square-style-uws-school-with-indoor-lawns) by Emily Frost:

An Upper West Side private school has opened a brand-new building complete with indoor yards made of artificial turf, deck chairs and long "boulevard"-style hallways, its founder said.

The Speyer Legacy School, which launched five years ago to serve gifted and talented students, opened its doors on West 59th Street and Ninth Avenue this school year, leaving behind its cramped West 86th Street and Columbus Avenue location.

The layout meant to evoke a town square will help students grow, said Connie Williams Coulianos, who co-founded the school with Esther Kogan of Columbia's Teachers College.

"Having physical space allows for intellectual space," Coulianos said. It also means the school can have its own chess, dance, music and science rooms, she noted.

The move has allowed the school to quadruple in size from roughly 20,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet, and it no longer has to share space with the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, which is housed in its former building.

The expansion also makes room for increasing enrollment, which has ballooned from 25 kids in its first year to nearly 200 today. This year marked the addition of Speyer Legacy's first middle school class, with the goal of having a full K-8 school with 350 to 400 students by 2016, Coulianos said.

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