Beacon School officially celebrates relocation

On Thursday, September 3, the Beacon School officially celebrated its successful relocation and the renewal of a Stamford landmark with an historic dedication ceremony. “The answer to prosperity and access to the American Dream and our country being competitive is what happens in buildings like this one,” said Congressman Jim Himes to a crowded auditorium of parents, students, board members and local dignitaries such as Mayor David Martin, Hubbard Heights Association President Michael DeWilt, and Fire Commissioner Chief Charles Spaulding. “Sometimes truly gifted and talented children need a different, perhaps smaller, more innovative environment than others. The fact that Beacon is going to provide that option is a spectacular thing for parents, but also for all of us.” Average class size is 4-6 students at Beacon, a school that prides itself on its individualized approach to educating high ability students.

“Finding your own light” was the theme of remarks by Meredith Hafer, Head of the Beacon School. Hafer reflected on the school’s mission as well as her own educational experiences in her dedication speech. “I remember what it’s like to love learning but hate school,” she admitted to the rapt audience. “I also remember what it was like to find a school that was a good fit for me. How life-changing it was, perhaps, even, how life-saving it was. I often say to my colleagues in education that if you can change the life of even one child, once in your career, all of it is worth it. How lucky we are here at Beacon to know that we are changing lives every day.”

“A school of vision, a haven for the intellectually curious, a compassionate community, a playground of ideas-this is what Beacon has been, is now, and always will be. Above all, we dedicate Beacon’s new home to this legacy,” she concluded.

With Beacon’s move to the historic Hubbard Mansion at 111 West North Street, the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated more than the opening of Stamford’s first school for gifted education. Another achievement to be recognized is the continued restoration of the Hubbard Heights historical neighborhood. The property formerly housed Mother of God Academy, which opened in 1944. Closed for over a decade, the mansion was recently restored to its original beauty and glimmered in anticipation of its halls and dormitories being filled with students again. The landmark is an architectural wonder filled with stained glass windows, ceiling frescoes, and hand-carved woodwork.

Now home to 35 students with plans to expand to 50 for the 2016-17 school year, the Beacon School has incorporated elements from the original 1890 structure as well as its subsequent expansion in the recent renovations. The building contains bright classrooms, a science lab, a computer room, a library, a gymnasium, a performance space, expansive meeting rooms, and ample grounds. The site also includes a separate building for the lower school program and girls’ and boys’ dormitory housing on the second and third floors respectively.

Founded in 2009, Beacon is an accredited, coed, college preparatory independent day school for intellectually curious students in grades 3-12. Operating at the intersection of progressive and traditional education, Beacon’s core curriculum is aligned with that of other select private schools, but its method of delivery is personalized, with a 3:1 student to teacher ratio and an individualized approach. Through small-group instruction in a community of inspired learners, Beacon students achieve academic excellence while following their own unique paths.

For more information on Beacon School, contact Meredith Hafer, the Head of School at 203-200-7244, [email protected] or visit us at our Open House on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Director of the GEG Schools’ Foundation, Eric Kaye; Congressman Jim Himes; Stamford Mayor David Martin; Head of School Meredith Hafer.

Director of the GEG Schools’ Foundation, Eric Kaye; Congressman Jim Himes; Stamford Mayor David Martin, with Head of School Meredith Hafer.

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