In 2002, The Field School opened the doors on its new campus—complete with its first gymnasium, its first playing field, brand new science labs and studio spaces, and a fresh sense of potential. Though the quirks of "the old campus" were difficult to leave behind, Field students and teachers made sure that the new campus would be distinctive and unique. Though the student body has grown to almost 370 students, the average class size is still eleven. Though the buildings are newer, there is still no "back row" in each classroom. There is no less adventure in students' conversations with teachers or in their photography portfolios. Elizabeth Ely retired in 2006, and the ideals she established continue to guide a Field education: "A key aspect of Field's success is the mutual respect among teachers and students. The exchange of dialogue with teachers and other adults builds students' confidence, particularly when teachers reach out and talk personally and sincerely to the students and learn who they are. Field is all about dialogue."
Today, Field is run by Head of School Dale Johnson. Since his appointment by the Board of Trustees in 2004, Dale has been leading the school, drawing on the experience he gained while teaching, coaching, and carrying out administrative responsibilities for our community. The school continues to meet its budget every year, with a wise and properly active set of trustees. In 2007, the Board adopted a three-year strategic plan (created by school leadership with broad participation by the community) calling on Field to: Teach Students Expansively, Achieve Diverse Community, Celebrate Our Faculty, Proclaim Our School, and Establish Financial Strength. In 2012, the school added a 6th grade, expanding the number of families who can take advantage of Field.
Field is still guided by its motto, Aude Sapere or "Dare to Be Wise." Our mission statement is brief and bold: Self-Discovery, Skills of Mind, Generosity of Heart. Those ideals live in our classrooms every day, and they live even more fully in our alumni, whose extraordinary experiences as young people have made them extraordinary adults. We feel certain that the principles of Field education, indeed, look strong a long way into the future.