Doane Academy’s shaded 15+ acre campus, nestled on the western side of the historic City of Burlington (founded 1677), includes three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including our chapel (1847) which is noted as the first Neo-Gothic church structure built in the United States. Among our other buildings are a dedicated science building, a gymnasium, a one-of-a-kind English manor styled dining hall (1912), a black box theater space, a lower school library, and many flexible classroom spaces.
At the center of the campus, Rowan Hall (2015) dominates. A five-level building modeled after an early 19th century Georgian-style structure that once stood nearby, Rowan Hall includes a dozen state-of-art-classrooms, two student resource centers, administrative offices, and an inviting lobby with comfortable seating areas, two fireplaces, and a grand piano. This newer building includes green technology in the form of its own geothermal plant.
In the fall of 2019 Doane Academy acquired the two properties associated with the former Elias Boudinot Elementary School. These properties were contiguous to Doane's property and were a natural fit for our expansion.
The campus also includes two regulation soccer fields, a baseball field, a softball field, and a natural space called “Discovery Woods,” where our younger students regularly spend hands-on time learning about the natural world around us.
At the center of the campus is an open space which has been known as “the Circle” since the earliest days of the school. What was once a circular boardwalk, constructed as a place of exercise for our 19th century students, is now a concrete walking path between buildings. The green lawns and trees spread across this private setting serve as a place of relaxation and an area to catch up with friends and classmates. Picnic benches and outdoor chess tables dot the landscape and invite students to rest under the shade of mature trees.