The Jackson Hole Classical Academy is opening its doors this evening for an open house about its plans for a new campus, as well as student art performances.
The open house runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will offer a look at site plans, road access plans, a construction timeline and a chance to meet the architects and builders.
Starting at 6, the academy will host a student award ceremony and choral performances and recitations by students. Both events take place at 3255 W. High School Road and are free and open to the public.
The academy’s lease on the High School Road facility runs out in June. A new campus must be ready to go when school starts Sept. 3, Headmaster Polly Friess said.
“We’ve outgrown this building,” she said, “so it’s exciting to be able to move into the new facility and grow.”
The academy is purchasing 80 acres from the Lucas family, Friess said, and 2500 South Park Loop Road will soon be home to eight modular units providing nearly 18,000 square feet of classrooms and office space, to be delivered in June. An 11,700-square-foot field gym, a parking lot and access roads are also planned to go in this summer in a way that can accommodate a future, more permanent facility.
Friess said the school wanted to pair the open house about the new campus with a presentation of the kids’ work.
“I want to make sure people also focus on what we’re doing and the importance of why we need a facility,” Friess said.