Marymount’s Lower and Upper Schools occupy three adjoining Beaux Arts buildings built around the turn of the twentieth century: the Vanderbilt Mansion, the Pratt Mansion, and the Milbank Mansion. These buildings have landmark status as part of the Metropolitan Museum historic district. The Fifth Avenue facilities include four state-of-the-art science laboratories: the physical sciences lab, the life sciences lab, the physics and advanced math center, and the general sciences lab; the buildings also house art studios, a math center, a gymnasium, an auditorium, a courtyard play area, a chapel, a library complex, and Lower School math and reading resource rooms. All Upper School students receive MacBook Air laptops, and iPads are available for each Lower School student. Classrooms are equipped with interactive boards and multimedia displays. As well as a print collection, the library’s resources include a vast collection of online databases and reference materials.
The Lower Middle School is based in another Beaux Art townhouse at 2 East 82nd Street. In addition to general purpose classrooms and common areas, this campus has dedicated facilities for library, art, and science, and offers a 1:1 iPad program for students in Classes IV and V.
In September 2011 Marymount expanded its facilities to East 97th Street, which now serves as a home base for the Upper Middle School. This building has a recently renovated gymnasium, cafeteria, and three floors of classrooms. The fourth floor of 116 East 97th Street features several science classrooms and laboratories as well as a media-production lab, and a “fab lab” where students can design, engineer, and fabricate an array of objects and solutions using 3-D printers, laser cutters, and other fabrication tools. This campus also offers additional classrooms for humanities classes, space for visual and performing arts, and a fitness room.
As part of a schoolwide digital network, each student in Classes VI through XII is provided with her own email account. Lower and Lower Middle School students access the school network and the internet through classroom accounts. Remote network access enables students to access school materials from home. Computers are used across the curriculum as everyday tools for gathering data, sharing information, and completing assignments.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located directly opposite the Fifth Avenue Campus, offers resources that are central to our program. Its voluminous and priceless collections of art and artifacts provide a dynamic focus of study. Students from Nursery to Class XII regularly visit the Museum’s galleries. Several studio art classes meet in the Museum’s Carroll Classroom, and Upper School students have classes in the Museum weekly as part of the Class IX humanities program and advanced art history courses.
Nearby Central Park, a hands-on science laboratory, provides acres of woods, ponds, and fields for exploration. It also offers athletic facilities for physical education classes, team sports, and field days.