Inside The Industry: Education
Metairie Park Country Day
Matt Neely, Head of School
Since 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School has enriched the lives of talented young people in a dynamic learning environment, building strength of intellect and strength of character within a community that is simultaneously challenging and supportive. This year, the Pre-K through 12th grade school and its beautiful 15-acre campus welcomed new, transformative learning spaces that will benefit students for years to come.
According to Head of School, Matt Neely, at the center of the school’s momentous energy is the opening of three new campus buildings. Fundraising and construction have manifested in the faculty-designed, state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Building, Art and Lower School Science Building and in the renovated and expanded Coleman Family Dining Room. These buildings support the remarkable teaching already in place, provide a physical framework for future growth and exploration, and, at the core, reinforce Country Day’s strong sense of community.
The Science and Engineering Building contributes 10,000 extra square feet of learning space to the campus and an additional 4,000 square feet of dining space accompanies the Coleman Family Dining Room. In the science buildings, installations include advanced equipment for fabrication, printing, engineering, robotics, math-modeling, visual art and more. The Coleman Family Dining Room furthers the Country Day tradition of family dining where students of varying grades dine together at tables, discuss their day, get to know each other and enjoy a healthy, chef-prepared meal.
The school’s other exciting change of 2017 was the arrival of Matt Neely as Head of School. Neely’s vast experience and “open arms, open door” approach to education and administration complements Country Day’s already welcoming community and brings a fresh enthusiasm for furthering the school’s mission.
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