THE DREAM BECOMES A REALITY

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT

Celebrating the opening of Pace Academy’s Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School.

After a two-year capital campaign themed “Aim High,” on August 18, Pace Academy officially opened the Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, a state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot facility on the school’s W. Paces Ferry Road campus.

The campaign raised more than $35 million through 1,300 gifts from individual donors. In addition to the lead gift from Arthur Blank, the campaign had 100 percent participation from the Pace Academy faculty and Board of Trustees, and nearly 90 percent participation by Pace Academy parents, plus more than $2 million raised from alumni.   The Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School nearly doubles the space of the previous Upper School facility and adds a College Counseling suite, an Academic Resource Center with private tutoring rooms and science labs.

“I commend the entire Pace Academy community for making the dream for this new campus a reality,” Arthur Blank said. “Providing an environment that will foster educational excellence is the best gift we can give to young students.”

Inside Pace Academy’s Woodruff Library, part of the Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School.

The building also includes the Seaman Family Student Commons, a 1,500-square-foot space for community building and collaborative learning that will serve as a hub for all Upper School students. The building’s Sheft Family Academic Resource Center features private tutoring rooms and a learning lab, and the fourth-floor Correll Richards Family Student Terrace overlooks the Pace Academy Gardens and provides space for outdoor learning and socializing. Throughout the new Upper School, state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs allow students to use cutting-edge technology and gain hands-on experience in a safe environment.

Founded in 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia, Pace Academy serves 1,080 students in grades Pre-First through 12. The co-educational, college-preparatory day school strives to create prepared, confident citizens of the world through rigorous academic experiences, innovative global leadership programs, character education and close student-teacher relationships. The school adheres to Judeo-Christian values and encourages students to THINK BIG.