The Fay School sits on 8.5 acres of naturally landscaped property in the heart of Houston. The site of the original Fay family homestead, this piece of Houston now serves as a nurturing and natural environment for young students from early childhood (3 years) through fifth grade.
Some highlights of The Fay School Campus are:
- Four primary academic facilities
- The original Fay Family Home
- Outdoor Classroom
- Nature Trail
- Play Areas
The original Fay Family Home sits in the middle of campus and houses the school’s administrative offices. Built in 1937 and designed by renowned architect John F. Staub the home has set the tone for the creation of a campus consisting of five facilities each designed to address the specific needs of the students The Fay School serves.
Our Young Children’s Center and The Fondren House contains indoor and outdoor classroom for our Early Childhood, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs. This facility embraces the needs of the young students with age appropriate design and construction and a seamless interface between the indoor and outdoor environments, promoting an integrated curriculum designed to address the needs of the whole child.
As students grow into their elementary years they move into the 30,000 square foot Elementary School Building that is made up of three stories of state of the art classrooms, a computer lab, art studio, science lab, covered play area, dining hall, multi-purpose spaces, and wrap around porches that serve to encourage continual interface with the surrounding natural environment.
The Marie Fay Evnochides Building provides the entire campus with a complete library with resources to support all grade levels, a multi-purpose gymnasium and performance area, and spaces for parent volunteers, and outside resource workspace.
The Outdoor Classroom serves as the gateway to our Backyard Habitat, and a resource for faculty outside their core classroom. This facility is equipped for group lessons directly connected to The Fay School outdoor education curriculum. This screened in facility provides both a quiet place for learning and an open environment with a direct connection to the natural habitat.
As students pass through The Outdoor Classroom they enter The Fay School Backyard Habitat. This 3.5 acre piece of land allows children to follow nature trails that explore the natural spring, the Buffalo Bayou, the home to a variety of wildlife, and the natural environment for a wide variety of plant life. These explorations touch on the fragile balance of an ecosystem, the ongoing changes as seasons come and pass, and the circle of life for all members of a natural community. Whether students are observing the first flight of a family of hawks or recording the growth of a wild onion, the connection with their natural environment is amplified through the Backyard Habitat.