Facilities

 

- Phelps Science Center
- Forrestal-Bowld Music Center & Fisher Theatre
- Class of 1945 Library
- George H. Love Gymnasium
- Phillips Church & Assembly Hall
- Observatory
- Mayer Art Center
- Phelps Academy Center

 

Phelps Science Center

The Phelps Science Center, which opened in 2001, is a state-of-the-art facility that allows students to learn science by doing science. The four-story building features 22 classroom-labs equipped with Harkness tables and four common labs for interdisciplinary and independent student work.

The design allows students to conduct research in a lab setting and then discuss the results around the Harkness table in dynamic classes focused on a direct experience of science. The facility also features a humpback whale skeleton, a 900-gallon tropical marine aquarium, a biology wet table, and a teaching garden with plant species native to New England.   

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Forrestal-Bowld Music Center & Fisher Theatre

The Forrestal-Bowld Music Center gives students the experience of working in a professional setting with grand piano studios, three large rehearsal rooms, a keyboard lab, and a study area. Extensive practice rooms can accommodate the many musicians who choose to take individual lessons.

Drama and dance students make use of the Fisher Theater, which contains two stages fully equipped with computerized lighting, a scene shop, and classrooms. Both facilities offer special performance opportunities and access to state-of-the-art equipment.

 

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Library

Exeter's Class of 1945 Library is the largest secondary school library in the world and offers outstanding collections and comfortable study space. Designed by the renowned architect Louis Kahn, the library features 145,000 volumes on nine levels, a reference collection containing 5,000 volumes, a periodical collection with 10,000 bound volumes and 275 current periodicals, and an extensive video and music collection. In addition to study carrels located throughout the library, students have access to any of the numerous reading lounges. Making use of this resource for research and pleasure reading is a significant benefit of attending Exeter. As one student who came back for a second summer said, "I would have returned for the library alone. It's the best library I have ever used."

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George H. Love Gymnasium

The Exeter campus features a complex of athletic facilities that accommodate a wide range of sports. Facilities include five basketball courts, two swimming pools, 10 squash courts, and a well-equipped weight training room. Also available are a 1/10-mile indoor track, a dance studio, and a wrestling room. Students also have access to over 300 acres of school grounds for outdoor sports. Among outdoor facilities are a 400-meter all-weather track, 19 clay and all-weather tennis courts, cross-country trails, five baseball and softball diamonds, and a number of fields for football, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.

The William C. Saltonstall Boathouse houses more than 20 shells, 8 ergometers, and is situated right on the banks of the Squamscott River.


The Davis Dance Studio is on the second floor of the Davis Center. The 1,700 square foot studio was opened in the winter of 2010 and includes a sound system, sprung floor, and dressing rooms for dance students.

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Phillips Church & Assembly Hall

Phillips Church, located on campus, is an interdenominational, interfaith church composed of students, faculty, staff, townspeople, and their families. It serves as the gathering place for student groups and evening prayer two evenings a week. Evening prayer is a time for people of all faiths to share readings and music, in a format largely determined by students.
The Assembly Hall, located in the Academy Building, is where the Academy community meets for special programs, speakers and events. Summer School students meet for assemblies twice a week during the summer program. They may also use the Assembly Hall for student performances and class meetings.

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Observatory

Phillips Exeter Academy's Grainger Observatory functions as a teaching facility for the Exeter community. The observatory is located on campus on the east side of the Exeter River overlooking the Academy's playing fields. Students using the observatory have supervised access to a variety of telescopes for both visual observation and imaging using state-of-the-art digital and film cameras. A 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a 5" Refractor are housed in separate domes on permanent mounts. A computer-controlled fully robotic telescope has recently been installed allowing observations to be made off-site. Six 3.5" Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes on portable mounts are available for student use.

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Mayer Art Center

The Frederick R. Mayer Art Center provides studios for work in sculpture, architecture, painting, drawing, ceramics, and printmaking. Digital photography and film classrooms are located in the Academy Building, which is connected to the Mayer Art Center.



The center is also home to the Lamont Gallery, which presents exhibitions throughout the year, including work by national and international artists, as well as students and faculty.

 

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Phelps Academy Center

The Phelps Academy Center is designed to be the hub of student life and the campus crossroads. The first floor houses the Grill, the Post Office, and the Agora, a large lounge area. The second floor is home to the Student Activities office, the day student lounge, and the Summer Times student newspaper office. It is also the summer location for the Summer School Administrative Offices. The Forum, a 200 seat auditorium, is located on the third floor and is used throughout the summer for classes, meetings, and movies. The basement area includes a kitchen and TV lounge, game room, and the WPEA radio station.

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