Greenwich Academy is located on a 39-acre campus in central Greenwich, approximately 25 miles from New York City and 47 miles from New Haven. Campus facilities include Ruth West Campbell Hall, buildings for the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, and the Ridgeview Avenue Campus that accommodates the Pre-Connecting and Connecting (Pre-K and Kindergarten) classes.
The Raether Athletic Center is home to two full courts for basketball and volleyball, as well as five international squash courts with stadium seating. Raether Athletic Center also is home to a 2600 square foot fitness facility housing cardio and strength equipment. The fitness center overlooks our outstanding outdoor facility, which is home to field hockey and soccer in the fall, and lacrosse and softball in the spring. These teams train on FieldTurf surfaces that are optimized for each sport. Adjacent to these fields is a 3-lane, 200 meter track, a high jump apron, long and triple jump pit and discus and shot put throwing circles.
The recently renovated Ramsing Gymnasium provides additional full-court space for basketball and volleyball, and is now home to 1500 square feet of space that houses studios for rowing, spinning and yoga.
GA has six tennis courts as well as a natural grass field adjacent to our Ridgeview Avenue Campus. Gator sailing keeps its fleet at Indian Harbor and our crew team is housed in Cos Cob at the Brunswick Boathouse. Ice hockey teams play on two full-sized rinks at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, and the swim and water polo teams utilize the Olympic sized pools Brunswick and the Greenwich YMCA. We have established relationships throughout the area enabling our golf and track and field teams to train and compete at quality facilities.
James Turrell and the architects of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill envisioned the Greenwich Academy Upper School as a fluid space anchored by four large light chambers tied to academic areas: arts, humanities, math/science, and library.
Today, the constant flow of students and faculty among these spaces is made visible by transparent, glass walls that offer vistas of the surrounding landscape. By day, the four light chambers allow natural light to stream into the building. By night, the building takes on a new character, as the library and math/science wings are enlivened by James Turrell’s light installation - a symphonic display of changing color sequences programmed by computer.
Turrell incorporated two forms of light in his GA installation – LED for the broader fields of color and fiber optic for the sharper lines used to frame doorways and floors. Through his color shifts, he created a dialogue between the LED and fiber optic lights, and between the two illuminated chambers. For Turrell, architecture is part theatre, and he found it entirely fitting that the GA Upper School would have a second life at night akin to a dreaming state.