Source: NorthFulton.com

Mount Pisgah School $17.5M expansion underway

by Hatcher Hurd

April 01, 2014

Already raised $15.3M of costs

By HATCHER HURD

hatcher@northfulton.com

JOHNS CREEK, GA. – Steel girders are coming out of the ground at Mount Pisgah Christian School on Old Alabama Road that are the harbingers of the new $17.5 million, 48,000-square-foot expansion that will be the new upper school (high school). The good news is 87 percent of the required funding has already been donated or pledged.

This is the latest phase in the school’s strategic plan. The expansion will allow the Pisgah middle school to occupy the former upper school space, and the new building, named Geier Hall for the family that made an outstanding donation, will give upper school students 20 percent more space, said Head of School John D. Marshall.

It is also to have state-of-the-art technology capabilities and spaces where faculty, students and technology can come together. The expansion will also include:

• Flexible spaces where small groups can collaborate on projects.

• A chapel for the upper and middle school students where they will be groomed to the next generation of Christian leaders.

• A new dining hall with expanded space, natural light and multiple food options. It will also have a performance stage for music and theater. It will also have an outdoor patio.

• A media center of 3,500 square feet.

“We have been blessed with generous donors,” Marshall said. “We’ve raised more than $15 million in a little over one year in a campaign we call Building for the Future. We see it as a validation of the school and what people feel about what we’re doing here.”

The building will show two stories from street level, but will actually be three stories with the first story built into the slope.

Enrollment is up this year with a student population of 1,050 enrolled and a further 40 students to 50 students expected in the fall. Pisgah will graduate its largest senior class ever this spring. The ultimate goal is to have school for 1,200 students including pre-school.

A future building campaign will expand the lower school, a second gymnasium and a fine arts building to expand current music and choral programs and will contain a black box theater for the drama program.

“Our facilities are adequate today, but we want to be able to do more,” Marshall said. “The school’s mission is to be the best college preparatory school it can be and is unapologetically evangelical in its mission.

“A Christ-centered curriculum goes hand-in-hand with stringent academic program.”

This phase follows the $11 million Patriot athletic campaign three years ago. It paid off this past season when the Patriot football team was undefeated in region play and narrowly lost the state championship for private schools.

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