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Learning Spaces

Outdoor Spaces

Garden Classroom

An important extension of the classroom, the Jamie Gardener Garden Classroom provides hands-on learning opportunities.

  • 4th graders tend their Three Sisters garden as American colonists and Native Americans did.
  • Lower schoolers practice mindfulness as they design and build a Zen Garden.
  • Middle schoolers grow kale and lettuce to be used by the dining service staff.

Waterfront Classroom

Our unique location on Narragansett Bay allows our students to learn on the water.

  • 5th grade engineers test their skills in the Cardboard Boat Regatta.
  • Ancient history students role play and team build in kayaks.
  • Upper Schoolers extract microplastics for their experimental design capstone.

Land of Fires Nature Trail

Our 1.5 mile-long Land of Fires nature trail winds its way through woodlands, salt marsh, and beaches along the shore of Potowomut Neck.

  • Art students experience plein air painting.
  • Middle School students track the spread of invasive species.
  • Upper School students monitor one of RI’s three terrapin turtle populations.

Indoor Spaces

Idea Lab

The Idea Lab fosters 21st-century learning and creative team brainstorming by leveraging

  • Steelcase mobile furniture
  • using rolling and wall-mounted whiteboards
  • cutting-edge projection capabilities

Harkness™ Discussion Tables

Convening around the Harkness™ table allows every student a front row seat to develop 

  • appropriate listening skills
  • self-advocacy
  • an appreciation for civil discourse

Greenhouse & Science Labs

Rocky Hill Country Day’s commitment to authentic scientific inquiry reveals itself through

  • student-designed experiments in our greenhouse
  • forensics and bioethics analysis in the lab
  • the movement from concept to reality in our maker space

Flexible Seating

Flexible seating improves students’ attention, collaboration, and desire to learn by providing

  • student choice
  • improved sensory input
  • physical health and comfort

Nautilus

Our unique Upper School meeting space offers

  • inspiring space for individual and collaborative student work
  • our supportive “Wall of Awesome”
  • organic opportunity for meaningful discussions