Roycemore School held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new school, 1200 Davis St., with administrators, trustees and parents in attendance.
The inside of the building has already been gutted and walls are ready to go up for classrooms. Roycemore will open in the fall at its current location, 640 Lincoln, and plans to move to its new location around Thanksgiving, board chair Tom Ellis told the RoundTable.
Mr. Ellis said the new building of the pre-K-through-12th-grade school fits right into their program model. It has three wings, one for each of the lower, middle and upper grade levels. He added that last year Roycemore had its highest enrollment in 30 years, 265 students, and had no room for expansion. The new building allows for a “modest increase in enrollment,” he said, adding that they expect to expand to about 320 students in the next few years.
About one-third of the student body comes from Evanston, one-third from the North Shore and one-third from Chicago, said Joe Becker, headmaster for 42 years. He said the new school’s location near the CTA and Metra train lines will make transportation easier for students from Chicago and the North Shore.
Mr. Becker said, “Roycemore is successful because of its faculty.” This facility, he continued, will support the faculty in carrying out the school’s mission to celebrate the individuality of each student and inspire excellence. One new support is the new full-sized gym.
Mr. Ellis said, “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the City of Evanston to have the option for a private school that runs from pre-K through high school. It’s an attractive commodity for this community. … I am thankful for the support of the City, Northwestern and the neighbors. It took all three to make this work.”