A coeducational day school serving students JK-12

Coming in September 2018

Next fall, Latin will open a new, state-of-the-art Learning Commons to replace the current library and cafeteria, both built more than 50 years ago. The Commons will be a hub for student life and learning, preparing them to meet our world's complex challenges, today and in the future. To do so, students need a space that promotes deep learning, collaboration and innovative problem-solving, while promoting student wellness and creating the conditions for them to excel at Latin and beyond.

Design Goals


Modernize the library to create differentiated spaces
that meet the needs of today's students, including:

- a central Commons with 175 seats
designed for both dining and study

- 15 differentiated spaces with seating for
more than 140 students, ranging
from semi-social areas to quiet-study rooms

- a modern, well-curated collection of print materials
alongside electronic resources for research and study


Amplifiy science and technology resources, including:

- dedicated spaces for computer science
instruction and independent work

- an innovation studio supporting
a breadth of STEAM fields, including
robotics and fine arts/design

- a bridge to the state-of-the-art Science Center


Connect the Commons to key student support
services, which will become easier for students to access:

- Learning Resources

- Counseling

- Writing Lab


Enhance social spaces and create a central hub
for students to dine, socialize and study:

- streamlined cafeteria, cutting wait times
from 20+ min to <10 min during peak periods

- a new 4th-floor "cafe" with seating

- [triple] the amount of available space for students
to socialize in the upper school building

Current Challenges

Designed at a time when upper school was less than half the size of today's 465 students, Latin's library and cafeteria no longer meet the needs of today's students. They are:

  • fixed-use spaces that are fractured and inflexible
  • crowded and difficult to navigate during peak times, but empty at others
  • focused almost exclusively on printed books and periodicals; limited technology resources
  • unable to accommodate the range of our students' needs, from socializing and collaborative work to quiet, focused study

Watch the video to learn more about challenges Latin's over-taxed cafeteria poses for students today.

Proposed Design


June 2018

Naming opportunities still available.
Blueprint of Proposed Learning Commons

Noteworthy Features

Get Involved

We are actively raising funds for this transformative project, and a number of naming opportunities are still available. To learn more, please contact:

Adam Parker, Director of Campaigns and Special Gifts
Adam Parker
Director of Campaigns and Special Gifts

Anne Hobbs, Director of Development
Anne Hobbs
Director of Development


Upper School Learning Commons