The Conservatory Lab Charter School has filed plans with the city to build a new $25-million school for its 275 students in grades 3 through 8 at Columbia Road and Quincy Street.
If approved, the school hopes to move the students out of leased space at 2120 Dorchester Ave., next to Carney Hospital, at the start of the 2019-20 school year, with construction to start this coming April. The school would tear down an existing waterproofing facility on the 1.27-acre site.
Over the past three years, the School has grown from a student body of 169, to 444 students in two locations in Dorchester – its Primary School at 131-133 Hancock Street which serves K1, K2, 1st and 2nd Grade students and its Elementary and Upper School at 2120 Dorchester Avenue which serves 3rd through 8th grade students.
Among the proposed school's features: An outdoor performance space:
As part of the overall site development, the Proposed Project will feature an outdoor performance courtyard designed to directly engage the full orchestra ensemble space just inside the building. The outdoor courtyard is setback behind the building as a buffer from the public right-of-way and is oriented South to receive ample natural light throughout the day. The courtyard is envisioned to be a pedestrian-friendly space, emphasized through the use of permeable hardscape materials, native landscape plantings, and site furnishings.
Conservatory Lab small-project review application (1.7M PDF).