Kimberly Fielding is hoping by May that her daily routine will no longer include traveling to two different school buildings.
That’s when Fielding, owner and director of Honey Tree Academy and administrator of Branches Academy, is planning to put the two private schools in a single building.
On Sunday, Fielding and school officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the 6,844-square-foot building that will hold the schools.
Honey Tree Academy, at 2548 N. Maize Court, is an early childhood academy. Branches Academy, at 10850 W. 21st St., serves children pre-kindergarten through second grade and is accredited by the State Department of Education.
Fielding said the new building, to be located on the south side of West 21st Street about a quarter-mile west of 119th Street, provides space for an indoor playground, the addition of a classroom for 2-year-olds at Honey Tree, and the ability to add third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade classes at Branches.
She founded Honey Tree in June 2007 and Branches in the fall of 2010. Combined, the academies have about 100 students and 10 employees, she said.
“It has worked really well,” Fielding said of the academies.
Class sizes are limited to 12 students.
The architect and general contractor for the new building is TradeMark Inc.