New Student & Community Center


New Student & Community Center

The third and final project in our campaign, a new 8,000-square-foot Student & Community Center, will be a home for discovery for everyone in our community — a place for deeper engagement for students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni alike, and a place for prospective families and guests to connect with and learn more about us. 

The centerpiece of this facility will be a new multipurpose 250-seat version of Discovery Hall, with a dedicated lobby and pre-function area that will give us the ability to host all kinds of events, meetings, and gatherings that aren't possible today. The flexible space will also enable us to bring our community together to celebrate and congregate throughout the year in meaningful and collaborative ways. New administrative offices and conference rooms will also be located in this building, so that our professional staff can serve parents and students at the highest level.

As one of the first buildings you see when you wind your way up our driveway, the Student & Community Center will be a place to project who we are upon arrival, and leave a lasting impression. Ultimately, this will be our center for community building and life at Overlake — a thriving space where we come together and make our most important activities and memories possible.

Why your help is needed now

In the following short videos hear from members of our community who feel strongly about the need for a new gathering place for our students, their families, and guests. Help us make this dream a reality by donating to the Student & Community Center.


I can’t wait to see our new Student & Community Center take shape and become a new community hub at Overlake. It will be a much-needed space to celebrate and collaborate for both students and faculty, and a place to celebrate in style for events like student dances, parent guardian gatherings, and alumni receptions. It will also create for the first time a clear and welcoming entry and dedicated space for community building. 

Mike Davidson, Middle School Head


Celebrating community is at the core of what we do at Overlake. Our Student & Community Center elevates our ability to come together to continue to learn from and connect with each other.

Marshall McCurties, Upper School Head



Key Features

The new Student & Community Center will be our new home for:

A place to congregate 

  • Grade-level meetings, Associated Student Body (ASB) meetings, and other student gatherings
  • Gatherings for the entire Middle School
  • Testings (standardized SATs and APs and course finals)
  • Senior Project and student presentations
  • Student orientations
  • Book fairs
  • College Counseling presentations and college admission visits
  • Guest speakers
  • parentNet, Overlake Friends of the Arts (OFTA), and Overlake Athletic Club (OAC) sessions; Faculty Staff Appreciation events
  • Parent Guardian Association (PGA) meetings and events
  • Upper School and Middle School parent/guardian and administrator gatherings
  • Parent/guardian coffees and grade-level meetings
  • Admissions programs, interview, and Parent Ambassador sessions

A place to collaborate

  • Student collaborations and group projects
  • Student clubs and advisories
  • Student study sessions
  • Student academic teams presentations and competitions (e.g., Speech & Debate, DECA, Quiz Bowl)
  • Faculty and staff collaborations and meetings
  • Departmental meetings

A place to celebrate

  • Student dances and events
  • Student co-curricular events
  • Senior celebrations
  • Parent/guardian socials
  • Family celebrations around performing arts, athletic events, and more
  • Alumni reunions, events, and programs
  • Alumni parent/guardian gatherings

and much more!