When you think about a boarding school in the summer time, the primary thoughts revolve around peace, tranquility, and quiet. The students are home and the teachers are on vacation. The campus rests.
Not so for Forman School over the summer of 2017!
This past summer saw the completion of the Visual and Performing Arts Center. This new facility is nestled naturally on the hill behind Henderson, next to Williams and just across from the Science Center. With a stunning exterior of cedar siding, stone veneer and large windows, this new space houses the 300-seat Jake Cloobeck '15 Theater, dressing rooms, scene shop, and classrooms. Students will use the Visual and Performing Arts Center or drama, dance, photography, videography, ceramics, pottery, drawing, painting, and jewelry making.
Across campus, the Johnson Art Center has been converted to the Student Center which will offer big, comfortable chairs and couches, a fireplace, pool tables, large screen TV, and old school video games like Pac Man. There is also a new fire pit outside the Student Center with room for plenty of students to gather and enjoy the night sky on a cool fall evening.
The Student Center will also hold the Lion's Den Bistro, a dining spot that will serve as an educational opportunity for interested students. With a rotating seasonal menu sourced locally, The Lion's Den will feed the Forman community while teaching students new cooking techniques and as well as new food items.
In Peirce Dining Hall, the student lounge has been converted to the Senior Lounge, where 12th graders will have their own place to gather on campus for socializing, studying and occasional educational presentations. And in the basement of Peirce, the bookstore has been expanded and its offerings increased. More day-to-day essentials will be available for students to purchase.
In addition to these campus improvements, the Carriage House has been converted from faculty housing into a dorm for two faculty house parents and nine upper class boys. And student rooms have been added to both Chace and Hamilton dorms.
Amid all of this progress and change, there are constants at Forman that will never cease to be part of the school's mission. "Even when there are physical changes, the foundation remains," says headmaster Adam Man. "We will always seek to do more than ever before for students to reach their fullest potential.