Deerfield-Windsor celebrates 50th Anniversary; Sherwood Academy undergoes major transformation

OUTLOOK 2014: Sherwood will consolidate Upper and Lower school campuses, launch major capital projects

Deerfield-Windsor Headmaster Dave Davies is excited about the school celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

Deerfield-Windsor Headmaster Dave Davies is excited about the school celebrating its 50th anniversary this fall. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — Deerfield-Windsor School is celebrating its golden anniversary this year, while Sherwood Christian Academy has begun the process of merging its upper and lower schools into one campus.

“The 2014 year will be an exciting one at Deerfield-Windsor School. We are currently in our 50th year of operation, and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school will be this fall,” Deerfield-Windsor Headmaster Dave Davies said. “DWS is currently engaged in a year of self-study in preparation for our five-year accreditation. DWS is the only school in Southwest Georgia that is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Georgia Accrediting Commission.

“A team of visiting educators will spend three days in Albany in the fall to evaluate the school.”

Deerfield-Windsor is also engaged in a capital campaign to raise funds for the Graham P. Lowe Family Health and Fitness Center as well as an endowment for faculty professional development. The campaign has been public since October, and the school has raised $1.5 million toward a $2 million goal.

Meanwhile, major changes are underway at Sherwood.

The school is moving forward with construction at the upper campus on Old Pretoria Road and adding several buildings to expand the campus and increase its efficiency. Within the new facilities are plans to build an entirely new elementary school and have all grades conveniently at one location. Sherwood now has some elementary classrooms on Stuart Avenue.

The construction plans include a new administrative building, a new media center, a new cafeteria and renovations of the existing middle and high school buildings. Construction should begin this summer with a move-in date of August 2015.

Re-enrollment for current families and open enrollment for prospective families began in February. Sherwood holds an open house at both locations every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling the respective campuses.

Also, Sherwood is in the process of reaccreditation with the Association of Christian Schools International. The ACSI will be sending a team in March to visit the school and take a look at academics, curriculum, future plans for improvement and more.