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With one week left until the first day of the 2021-2022 school year, we at ISI are excited to welcome families back to the 49th Street and the Michigan Road campuses. This year, not only is the ISI community celebrating a return to in-person learning for all students, we are also celebrating our final year on two campuses.

The vision of ONE ISI becomes a reality in the fall of 2022 when the new $13.5 million Chen Family Lower School, made possible by lead donors Allison and Stanley Chen, will replace ISI’s current Lower School on West 49th Street near the Butler University campus. Currently, about 260 students study at that leased facility.

Through the spring, construction partner Shiel Sexton Co. Inc. of Indianapolis finished work on the steel structure of the building and the precast concrete walls of the Daneri Family Gymnasium. 

While families were enjoying their summer break, huge leaps were made in the construction process. Exterior brick and limestone installation as well as roofing have been completed, and window installation is well underway. 

In the upcoming months we look forward to seeing the classrooms come to life as drywall is hung and rooms are painted. We also look forward to the completion of the new library, gymnasium, and slide installation. Externally, visitors can keep an eye out for landscaping and playground installation in the fall. 

As progress shifts from external structure to internal details, we will be sure to keep you updated on the changes going on inside the Chen Family Lower School!

The philanthropic tradition that made facilities like the Henry B. Blackwell Building and Kathryn and Sidney Taurel Building possible is making the Chen Family Lower School a reality, too. The ONE ISI Capital Campaign, publicly launched in 2019, has raised more than $8.3 million. There is still time to contribute. Click here for information about the campaign and how you can help.


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