With such a large endeavor, questions about who, what, how, and when are inevitable. Below you’ll find answers to questions we anticipate. For any additional questions, contact Alexa Leach at email@example.com.
Leading schools – and schools that strive to create leaders – never stop asking themselves: What can we do better? Kinkaid’s Board of Trustees and administrative leaders have long known that we could improve our facilities to serve our students and faculty more effectively. The School’s acquisition of the West campus in 2010 enabled us to give deep consideration to our campus master plan and the possibilities that opened to us by purchasing additional land. The overarching caliber of most of Kinkaid’s facilities brings into sharp focus two buildings that are inadequate when compared with the others. Built 55 years ago, the Upper School is past its useful life and can no longer facilitate the type of advanced learning our students deserve, and the Lower School building is simply too small to accomplish our ambitions for leading-edge education. The School is in a strong financial position, and our education is in demand among the best and brightest Houston students, so now is the time to create a new Upper School and to expand and renovate our Lower School.
Creation of the new facilities will enable us to bring new curricular programs to life, which will enhance the educational experience of our students and make available even more innovative opportunities to become leaders at Kinkaid. Put simply, the question isn’t “Why now?” The question is “Why wait?”
Our campaign goals are aligned with Kinkaid’s mission and core values and are guided by Kinkaid’s strategic priorities, affirmed by the Board of Trustees in 2020. The School’s priorities emerged from extensive surveys of parents and alumni, insights from students, faculty, staff, and the Board’s committee work. This is a comprehensive campaign, including capital and programmatic improvements, endowment growth, and sustained annual support that is essential to the daily work of students and faculty.
The Board of Trustees approves all annual and multi-year fundraising initiatives at the School, including this campaign.
Three members of Kinkaid’s Board of Trustees are serving as campaign co-chairs: Leslie Doggett ’75, Evan H. Katz, and Charles Lawrence ’96. In addition, Polly and Murry Bowden, Sandie and Ken Cowan, Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence, and Carroll and Hugh Ray are serving as honorary campaign chairs. These volunteer leaders are working closely with Head of School Jonathan Eades as well as members of the School’s Advancement staff to orchestrate the campaign. In addition, a campaign cabinet of parents, alumni, and other friends has been formed – more than 30 volunteers in total – who will be fundraising for the All In campaign.
If you would like to volunteer for the campaign, contact one of the co-chairs or Director of Advancement Tom Moore at 713-243-5045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School began campaign fundraising with the Board’s approval in October 2021. The campaign and campaign pledges are expected to last through the 2026-2027 fiscal year.
In 2021, Kinkaid hired international fundraising consulting firm Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A) to conduct a feasibility study for a major capital campaign. Two major elements of the firm’s work were interviewing a large group of key School stakeholders and analyzing the School’s prior history of philanthropic support. The firm’s final report shared that the interviewees had deep interest in the School’s campaign goals, and Kinkaid had a broad base of very generous donors. After studying the report, in October 2021, the Board of Trustees approved a $125 million campaign working goal.
As of today, incredibly generous donors have committed over $117 million toward the $125 million working goal.
The Board of Trustees and school leaders are striving to secure enough philanthropic commitments to forestall a need to borrow money. Campaign gifts have been made to fund Phase One of our facilities improvements, and we are continuing to push toward our goal to fully fund Phase Two through philanthropic support. Based on the feasibility study as well as strong initial support, we are confident that other members of the Kinkaid community will follow the example set by the Board and other early donors to make Kinkaid a philanthropic priority in the coming years and give as generously as possible to help the community achieve the completion of all capital projects.
In the event adequate philanthropic commitments are not secured in a timely manner, the Board will need to consider borrowing construction funds.This is why we are looking to our community to join together in this pivotal moment in Kinkaid’s history and fund the people, programs, and places that will define us for generations to come.
The construction is expected to last a little over three years and will be conducted in two phases.
Yes, we are working deliberately to ensure the full Kinkaid experience, including all academic, arts, and athletics programming as well as our beloved traditions from Waffle Wednesday to Field Day. This year, any disruptions to our daily lives on campus will be minor, and we have done intense planning to limit inconveniences to carpool, parking, and event venues.
Phase One of the construction will begin in October 2022 with the demolition of Harrison House and the construction of a new building in its place. Initially, and in preparation for Phase Two, the new building will be designed to temporarily hold over 75% of Upper School classes, and those classrooms, along with a technologically advanced temporary “learning village” will provide a larger and upgraded learning environment for our current students. The Advancement Department will temporarily relocate to The Commons to accommodate this construction.
Two additional projects in Phase One will commence later in the fall of 2022. The Doggett Gym will be repurposed as the new central plant and an improved facility for information technology. The two tennis courts adjacent to the Fondren Gym will be replaced by a two-story fieldhouse that will be more than double the size of the existing Doggett Gym and offer a more flexible and multi-use space for physical education and athletics.
The centerpiece of Phase Two, which will begin in fall 2023, will be the demolition and removal of the Upper School and the construction of an innovative two-story new Upper School in its current location. Once the new Upper School construction is finished, which we project will be in early 2026, Upper School classes will move into the new building. This will make way for the new structure on the Harrison House site to be reconfigured. This reconfiguration will expand space for Lower School classes and student support programs on the first floor as well as consolidate several all-school administrative offices on the second floor. In addition, the final phase of the project includes the repurposing of some of the Student Life Building to new visual and performing arts spaces.
The Expanded Lower School and Administrative Building (built during Phase One, where Harrison House is now) will be designed to hold over 75% of Upper School classes while a new Upper School is built. During this time, Upper School classes will enjoy an increased average classroom size, from 425 sq ft to 525 sq ft. The remaining Upper School classes – mostly science – will be housed in a technologically advanced “learning village” on the west side of campus. The “learning village” will also house some athletic support and physical education facilities. All of these classrooms will provide an upgraded learning environment for our current students.
Phase One is scheduled to be completed by August 2023. Depending on fundraising progress, the plan is to complete Phase Two by August 2025. If these deadlines are met, the final repurposing of the building on the Harrison House site and of some areas in the Student Life Building would be completed by August 2026.
Depending on meeting fundraising and construction goals, the new Upper School will be open \for the 2025-2026 school year.
The Lower School and Administrative Building is scheduled to be completed by August 2023 and should convert to its intended purpose by August 2026.
The new Upper School Building will more than double the size of today’s facility. Additional and larger classrooms will be built, athletic and physical education space will increase by more than two-thirds, and additional new spaces will be added including – a second dance studio, an additional art studio, a theater classroom, a film room, band room, a wellness area, a Senior Student Center, a Student Center, an Alumni Center, and a Resource Center.
The Lower School and Administrative Building will double the space for Lower School co-curriculars and student support programs and the administrative offices, now housed across campus, will be brought together for greater operational alignment and efficiency.
Once all construction is complete, enrollment will increase slightly in the Lower School, where one section will be added to each grade beginning in August 2026. Adding a section allows us to grow the enrollment by 48 students (8 per grade) while decreasing class size (from 16 to 14 in PreK and from 18 to 16 in K-5), thereby allowing for more personalized attention for each student. Enrollment in the Upper School also will increase by 10-15 students per grade.
In addition to offering larger academic classrooms, the campaign will create a Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to help the School enhance its programs in these areas. Additionally, a new Center for Wellness and Student Success and a Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Finance will be created.
The Center for Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) will serve as a locus of new courses, partnerships, and student research with Houston’s medical, technology, and higher education facilities.
Kinkaid has long embraced the importance of providing robust STEM educational opportunities for our students. These fields have been an essential and highly successful part of our School's curriculum for decades.
Our current academic programming continues to fully prepare our students in STEM; however, we want to go further. Plans for Kinkaid's new Upper School Science Center have been created with expanded STEM programs in mind. The building will include new maker spaces, best-in-class labs, and classrooms to facilitate programmatic growth and state-of-the-art technologies. We envision new and enhanced coursework in coding and data science, robotics, and cyber security.
With Houston being one of the world's centers for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, we intend to leverage the relevant and vast STEM expertise in our parent, grandparent, alumni, and parent of alumni communities to enhance teaching and learning at Kinkaid.
Kinkaid's mission-driven focus on the wholly-healthy child is the underlying driver for the establishment of The Center for Wellness and Student Success. This center will build on Kinkaid’s well-established programs to provide our students with personalized academic and emotional support and will expand our ability to offer approaches for building resilience.
Through the Center, Kinkaid will further strengthen academic advising, learning support, personal support, and college counseling, and we will enhance professional development on these topics for faculty and staff as well as parents. Just as importantly, we will create an all-school scope and sequence for wellness and age-appropriate focuses on the foundations of physical fitness, positive relationships, healthy decision making, nutrition, drug and alcohol education, our students' online lives, and other pillars of modern student wellness.
The Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Finance will provide more clearly defined and increased business course offerings, including new courses and programs in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and capital market investing. In leadership development, we will incorporate new programs and course offerings with Interim Term, Peer Mentors, leadership councils, community service programs, Alumni Leadership Day, and the activities of clubs, athletic teams, and visual and performing arts leadership groups. It is our intention to become only the third high school in Texas to offer a course in which students will invest real money, making portfolio pitches and updates to our Kinkaid Endowment Board.
Yes, you may choose to fulfill your pledge on a schedule ranging from a one-time payment or in installments over up to five years.
Yes, there will be many ways in which Kinkaid will recognize the donors who make All In campaign contributions. For more information, please contact Director of Advancement Tom Moore at 713-243-5045 or email@example.com.
Yes, this is a comprehensive campaign, starting during the 2021-2022 school year and ending in the 2026-2027 school year. Your Kinkaid Fund commitments and campaign commitments will count towards your total campaign contribution. Net proceeds from events will be counted towards the campaign goal but will not be counted as part of an individual's campaign giving.
Please contact Director of Advancement Tom Moore at 713-243-5045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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