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Restoring Tradition in the Heart of Savannah

The Habersham School has now made its home at the Gould Cottage, officially occupying their newly

renovated building at 505 E. 54th

“This is a significant day for The Habersham School, as well as for the city of Savannah,” said President

Chip Welch. “The opportunity to restore a landmark like The Gould Cottage and return it to its traditional

roots as a building for children is truly remarkable. We are grateful for this moment.”

“One of the reasons we sought this location was due to the beauty of the building”, said Head of School

Angie Copetillo. “As a Classical school with disciplines in Latin, the Great Books, and a thorough study of

western civilization, we feel the architectural style of the building mimics the culture of our school.”

The cottage has a rich history, dating to the early 1930s when millionaire Edwin “Jay” Gould of New York

City and his Gould Foundation for Children donated the land to the Savannah Female Orphan Asylum for a

children’s nursery. Many Savannah natives have a fond attachment to the site and remember its long history

as a home for boys and girls. The Habersham School will continue with stages two and three of architectural

renovations, maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the building’s façade.

The Habersham School opened its doors in the fall of 2012 as the first full-day Classical Christian School in

Savannah. Anticipating approximately 35 students in its initial projections, Habersham enrolled 73 students

its first year, achieved 100% re-enrollment in February, and now has enrolled nearly 250 students on two


The Habersham vision is based on the time-honored tradition of Classical education, where students are

taught to question, to investigate, and to dialogue, combined with an unapologetic commitment to the truth of

Christ. Habersham emphasizes the great works of literature, the great discoveries of math and science, and

the great ideas and figures of Western civilization, combined with a disciplined study of classical languages,

thereby training students how to learn so they retain their love of learning.

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