New Early Childhood Learning Center Opens at St. Martin’s Episcopal School

After an 18-month building process, St. Martin’s Episcopal School (SMES) opened its new Early Childhood Learning Center on Feb. 19 for a "second first day" of school for students aged two through Kindergarten. The new 21st-century space is double the size of the previous building, with classrooms designed specifically for young children. The building replaces the school's Early Childhood wing that was destroyed by an arson fire on July 4, 2017.

“It has long been the school’s vision to create a larger, purpose-built space to meet the unique needs of the youngest students,” said Head of School Dr. Luis Ottley. “When the fire destroyed the home of our Early Childhood Program we embraced the opportunity to execute that vision.”

The new building includes a STEAM village that intentionally connects a science lab, tinker space and art room, all geared to foster engagement and collaborative learning among young children. In the spring, the outdoor learning space and natural play area will be completed, and the garage doors in lower level classrooms will allow for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor learning.

“We are incredibly grateful to St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church for graciously allowing us to share their space for the past 18 months,” said Early Childhood Principal Cindy Alexander. “And thank you to SMES parents, community members and the staff and crew at Evergreen Construction who all helped make this vision a reality.”
St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.