North Campus Project

outside area with steps and trees

North campus project graphicThe North Campus Project (NCP) continues to transform the Cincinnati Country Day School campus resulting in new and improved facilities to enhance our students' learning experience. For additional details, photos, and renderings of each part of the project, click the links below.

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Development Office
Cincinnati Country Day School
6905 Given Road
Cincinnati, OH 45243
(513) 979-0282


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North Campus Projects

Taft Semple Maintenance Facility

Taft Semple Maintenance Facility:
The building, with playing field restrooms and ample storage, was completed in Fall 2015. It combines offices, indoor/outdoor storage (including bays for crew boats and equipment), and a public restroom in one location. Secluded on the campus’s southwest corner, the new facility will blend into its natural surroundings and help streamline maintenance operations. Moving the maintenance facility to its new discreet location on the south side of campus opened up additional green space for outdoor play and discovery and allowed the school to consolidate its many storage units throughout campus.

Dwyer Grieb Performing Arts Courtyard & Carey Family Amphitheater

Sally Dwyer ’05 and Tonya Grieb ’10 Performing Arts Courtyard and
Carey Family Amphitheater

Located on the North Lawn, the amphitheater/outdoor performance area was completed in Spring 2016. The space includes an outdoor classroom, amphitheater, and campus green, creating open-air learning spaces as well as a place for students to gather and enjoy outdoor activities.

The amphitheater will be an iconic image of our campus. It’s a testament to what we offer - great academics and a tremendous outdoor experience. Utilizing the space for graduation, the arts, gatherings, and performances speaks to what the truly excellent and well-rounded education CCDS provides.

The Neil K. Bortz Family Early Childhood Center

The Neil K. Bortz Family Early Childhood Center (ECC): A groundbreaking ceremony was held in December 2015 and a grand opening event was held on December 7, 2016 for the new ECC building that will provide Country Day’s youngest learners with a home away from home.

Completion: December 2016
Square footage: 10,380

The center will have four natural light classrooms, a kitchen and common space, as well as a playscape for exploration and unstructured play. Country Day will welcome students to the new building in January 2017.

“The new Early Childhood Center will bring four classrooms, a multipurpose/muscle room, faculty work and meeting space, kitchen, and dramatic play/stage area under one roof. It will also be enhanced by a new entry way, outdoor play area, and a beautiful playscape. As the earliest entry point (18 months) for a Country Day education, the facility will continue to provide an important pipeline for enrollment in a nurturing environment that is responsive to the varying developmental needs of each child.”
Director of Enrollment Management
Aaron Kellenberger

Watch the construction videos filmed from a drone by CCDS parent Tony Thompson.

Construction Demo 1
Construction Demo 2
Construction Demo final

Leonard Family Athletic Center

Leonard Family Athletic Center:

The Leonard Family Athletic Center (LFAC) is now open. Enhancements to the indoor athletic facility include pool renovations, a new welcome center, and infrastructure renovations. New athletic offices, a wet classroom, concession stand, and student waiting area are also part of the LAC’s plans. In addition, the LFAC features a new façade, new athletic offices, concession stand, renovated/expanded weight training room, student/parent waiting area, and a new home for the Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Leonard Family Athletic Center features one of the city’s finest competitive swimming pools and creates a welcoming entry for Country Day athletics.

Square footage: 8,550

Curricular and Co-Curricular Usage
The new LAC will serve students and families through its daily use as part of our academic and extracurricular programming. The facility will house our swimming program for students in pre-Kindergarten and Montessori through grade 6, movement classes for Early Childhood, and physical education for students of all ages. A new classroom space will be available for students as well as conference/meeting rentals. The facility will be the hub of Country Day Athletics and all of our competitive athletic programs ranging from youth to varsity sports.

The renovated and expanded common spaces will be used for athletic events as well as community programming. The new facility will continue the school’s emphasis on building spaces that not only serve students during the school day but also provide an open environment for the community to gather before and after school in both formal and informal settings.


Playscape Features

Phase 1
Tunnel fort
Tunnel nook
Platform bridge
Running hill
Sand play area
Seat wall
Shallow water play

Phase 2
Loose parts play area with fort building

Loose parts play area with table and log seats

Raised bed planters
Drama platform
Stone bridge
Council ring

Tree House