Horace Mann School’s physical plant includes buildings and grounds on four campuses: the Upper/Middle and Lower Division campuses located within a block of each other in the Bronx, the Nursery Division campus in Manhattan, and the John Dorr Nature Laboratory in Washington, Connecticut. The physical plant also includes a house for the Head of School and several other structures that house faculty members, administrators, and the Alumni and Development, Business, and Community Service and Service-Learning Offices. During the last twelve years, Horace Mann has completed more than $100 million in renovations and new building. The mission of the Department of Facilities Management and Public Safety is the maintenance and enhancement of this expanded physical plant, which is used seven days a week, twelve months a year.
The educational program of the School is well-served by the physical plant. Classrooms on all campuses are generally large, well lit, and comfortable for students and faculty. New performance spaces and studios support the varied needs of student artists, musicians, dancers and actors. Large central spaces, like the Rose Hall atrium, provide gathering locations for students and grade-wide meetings and have proved useful in unplanned ways, such as providing locations for large-scale physics experiments. The spacious and airy library and cafeteria on the Upper/Middle Division campus allow students to study, eat and congregate comfortably. Teachers in all divisions have specified locations where they can carry on the varied activities that support their classroom work. All campuses have play spaces for students that include fields, tennis courts, gymnasiums, a fitness center and a swimming pool. The John Dorr Nature Laboratory has the space and facilities to offer a residential program that emphasizes leadership, teamwork and outdoor skills. The Director of Facilities Management and Director of Public Safety work with the Heads of each division and with the Head of School to insure that the school is in compliance with applicable regulations and statutes.