CFS Launches $15M Campus Modernization Project

The Church Farm School (CFS)—an independent college preparatory boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 in Exton, PA—is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors recently approved a $15M plan to modernize the school’s campus; the first part of a multiphase project to advance the school’s mission of educating 180 high-potential young men through its second century. The campus renovation retains the rural and historic charm of Church Farm School’s nationally recognized campus while transforming the academic side of the campus in three main areas:

The Buck Family Center for the Arts: A new Center for the Arts, named for the Buck family, long-standing benefactors of Church Farm School, will consolidate the school’s arts program into a centralized, modern facility complete with studios, labs, classrooms and practice and performance spaces. A central exhibition gallery and outdoor arts patio will showcase student work.

Academic Building Renovations Featuring Hamilton Atrium: The school’s main academic building – Greystock Hall – will be re-oriented to face a new entrance and quad, and will be highlighted by The Hamilton Atrium, named for a generous gift from the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust. This will allow for a consolidated Admissions office on the first floor, an enlarged dining center with patio and modernized classrooms and gathering spaces for students, faculty and visitors.

New Entrance and School Safety Enhancements: An inviting new entrance road from Valley Creek Boulevard will create a safer and more environmentally sound campus approach and exit.

This project has been generously supported by donors to the school’s “For the Boys” Capital Campaign. The school anticipates the project will be completed by August 2020. Designers for the project are Voith and Mactavish, architects, and Chester Valley Engineers, civil engineers. Construction is being provided by H.L. Wiker Inc. and CH&E Construction, both of Lancaster, PA. On May 17, 2019, the school held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially kickoff the project. 

“We are excited about Church Farm School’s campus modernization and the ways in which it will enhance the school as it enters its second century. We also know that the competitive environment for independent schools has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. The talented and deserving students we seek have many great options and we want CFS to be their first choice,” says Matt Burns, Board President and a former CFS parent.

“We are grateful to our Board for supporting our vision; our Capital Campaign taskforce, chaired by Board members John Bellis and Dick Gherst, who have worked tirelessly to fulfill the Campaign and make this project a reality; and of course the Buck family and the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, whose generosity to the school is enabling two areas of major transformation,” says Head of School The Rev. Edmund K. Sherrill II. “We are excited to debut our modernized campus in 2020!”

Learn more about the campus renovations and how you can support them here:
The Church Farm School is an independent boarding and day school for boys in grades 9-12 located in Exton, PA. Founded in 1918 to provide an excellent education to young men from limited means, Church Farm School now serves boys from a range of socio-economic circumstances who are seeking an extraordinary educational opportunity. The school offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and an exceptional level of personal attention, with class sizes averaging between just 7 and 12 students.