"Growing Our Garden" Kindergarten Campaign

Eleanor Hall

In 1958 Eleanor Gammon Berry graduated from the first 6th grade class at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Our new kindergarten, Eleanor Hall, is named in honor of her.

Like most St. Andrew's students, Eleanor Gammon Berry loved to learn. At the groundbreaking ceremony for Eleanor Hall, Eleanor's daughter, Bremond Berry MacDougall '84 said, "Eleanor was here at the very beginning, way back in 1952, when she was in the first 1st grade class...if she were alive today she would be so excited to be a part of this new kindergarten! You all have written down your hopes and dreams for the new Kindergarten, and I think my mom would share those hopes and dreams; that the Kindergarten will be a place of joyful learning."

Designed specifically for kindergarten teaching and learning, Eleanor Hall will have 5,000 square feet of indoor learning space, and is intentionally designed to bring the "outside in," including extensive natural light, outdoor exploration space and learning opportunities with natural gardens, native landscaping, water catchment systems for environmental teaching, and creative space for play. It is an innovative and progressive design coupled with a nurturing and invigorating curriculum intended to inspire our youngest students.

Aside from special reading and academic areas, music classrooms, chapel and creative play spaces, the design also includes a main Makerspace classroom for our early innovators, with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) opportunities that will inspire our kindergarteners and give them the space and tools to think critically and creatively.

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Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.