Congressman Brad Sherman was among the many on hand at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks on Sunday, as the K-12 independent school unveiled its newly completed Academic and Performing Arts Building.
"This new building is a reminder of just how central the arts are to our school," said Head of School Larry Dougherty. "They are not peripheral, they are not extracurricular, they are on equal footing with academics, athletics and the moral component of our school’s 4-Fold plan."
The APA building is the first new building at The Buckley School in 35 years, according to a school spokesperson. It is a two-story, 19,500-square-foot building with a total of 14 new classrooms, including:
- Performing arts specialty classrooms for dance, choir, drama, and orchestra
- 6th grade classrooms
- A journalism and publications classroom
- A Student Technology Center
- A K-12 faculty center
Those that attended Sunday's dedication were given the opportunity to tour the entire building and several other spaces that were renovated over the summer, one of which is the Hillside Building which includes the new Robotics & Applied Science room.
In June, The Buckley School broke ground on its second new building. It will open at the start of next school year and be dedicated to math and science classrooms, as well as labs.