St. Mary's 2.0 Capital Campaign
St. Mary's is an exceptional school. Let's make it extraordinary!
Four years ago we began developing a plan to make our exceptional school, extraordinary. This August we celebrate the roll out of the much anticipated St. Mary's 2.0 curriculum and the groundbreaking for the next step in St. Mary's exciting evolution.
This $6 million initiative will make our school unlike any other: a completely student-centered campus which offers a joyful, high quality and engaging, relevant, intellectually stimulating and academically excellent experience. We will fully prepare our children for success and leadership in the world they are inheriting.
Jerry & Ann Eiler
Kevin & Nikki Keating
Rick Hood, St. Mary's School Trustee
Adam Peterson, St. Mary's School Trustee
Eric Guyer, St. Mary's School
Board of Trustee, Chair
Jessicca & Adam Haynes, St. Mary's School Parents
Dr. Mirek Bobek, St. Mary's School Trustee
Dr. Peter Grant, St. Mary's School Trustee
Frank Phillips, St. Mary's School President
Bethany Brown, St. Mary's School
Director of Advancement
Sarah Primerano, St. Mary's School
Advancement and Alumni Relations
- A Place for Community-1st Floor of Student Commons Building
- STEM Center- 2nd Floor of Student Commons Building
- Outdoor Space
"St. Mary's students are different. They like school. They think and learn nonstop. They explore, they collaborate, they discover, and they make connections between disciplines. And they keep thinking and talking about learning wherever they are and whenever they're together. The new Student Commons and STEM Center, and the spacious new courtyard, give our students the cutting-edge spaces they need to keep making connections, socially and intellectually, in and out of the classroom." - Frank Phillips, President
The student commons will be more than simply a place to eat. The entire commons will provide study areas and spaces for students and teachers to come together at all times of the day, as well as a place for the St. Mary's community to gather to learn, to listen, and to celebrate accomplishments. It will be a true heart of the campus that has so long been missing.
I am incredibly excited about the new schedule change, I think it will benefit the entire student body! Athletes will have a more flexible schedule, and students will be able to focus more on challenging classes. Between the new scheduling and buildings St. Mary's is working on, I think this school is about to reach a whole new level of success. -Maddie Chun '19
Every aspect of the building is being thoughtfully designed to encourage collaboration and community building; study nooks and gathering places are interspersed throughout the building.
The commons features a full-service dining facility where, for the first time, our students can come together as a community to share meals.
Outside the Commons, a beautifully landscaped half-acre courtyard will feature inviting spaces for students and staff to meet; expanding the sense of community.
"The newly-designed robotics lab spaces in the new STEM center will be a dream come true for our teams: they will have access to state-of-the art machinery and tools, spacious and flexible creative and testing spaces, and room to expand further as exciting new robotics horizons expand."- Catherine Dauterman, St. Mary's robotics coach, faculty and parent
The second story of the new building is dedicated to providing hands-on learning in science and technology critical to providing students with a curriculum relevant for today's world. The fully modernized labs (physics, biology, chemistry, robotics, Earth Sciences) are designed to maximize the use of floor space and allow for easy, flexible arrangements and rearrangements of furniture and equipment to facilitate project-based learning.
"Bringing science to life is my passion! The new science labs will open up the students world in ways they could have never imagined."
- Rebecca Lovett, St. Mary's School teacher
Click here to see the inside of the classrooms!
Outside the Commons, a beautifully landscaped half-acre courtyard will feature inviting spaces for students and staff to meet; expanding our sense of community. There will be a speaker platform in the north east corner for student and teacher presentations. This will be a wonderful gathering space for the St. Mary's community.
- What is a Campaign and why are we having one?
- What are the goals of the St. Mary's 2.0 Campaign?
- How does the dormitory fit into the St. Mary's 2.0 plan and how will it be financed?
- How should my St. Mary’s 2.0 Campaign participation impact my Annual Fund giving?
- Why is there a multi-year pledge period for the St. Mary’s 2.0 Campaign?
- Can I make a gift through means other than cash?
- Can I direct my gift toward a particular part of the St. Mary's 2.0 Campaign?
- Does St. Mary's receive any federal or state grants?
- Since we will be adding space to campus, how many more students do we plan to enroll?
- How will St. Mary's 2.0 donors be recognized?
- Is campus safety a priority during this campaign?
- How will St. Mary's 2.0 better prepare students for success and leadership?
Capital campaigns are the result of strategic planning by the Board of Trustees and school leadership, as well as feedback from a community-wide feasibility study which identified major priorities for the future of St. Mary’s. The operating budget cannot pay for these initiatives; a capital campaign is required to address the need for large-scale campus improvements.
The goal of this campaign is to transform the current St. Mary’s curriculum into the cutting-edge St. Mary’s 2.0 version while building the spaces needed to facilitate this curriculum. The curriculum will change to a 7-term, modular schedule which will provide a deeper dive into subject material with a more hands-on approach to learning. The new building will provide modern science labs and study spaces for our students, as well as much needed dining and hangout spaces.
The dorm is an important piece of St. Mary’s master plan. It is a significant revenue stream for the school and having the dorm on our campus strengthens the International/Boarding program and ensures that it will remain a source of revenue (one of the main ways we are able to give out so much in financial aid!). A dormitory on campus will also gain us membership in TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) which will raise the school's profile among international and domestic borders. The dorm will be built at the same time as the Student Commons, but it will be funded through other means. Donations to the St. Mary’s 2.0 campaign will NOT go towards the dorm building project. Since a dorm will have business-like cash flows, it is appropriate to finance its construction through a bond issue at a very low interest rate.
We are adding this building because we have outgrown our current facilities and must address the needs of our students and the new curriculum growth of St. Mary’s 2.0. There are no plans to significantly increase the number of students enrolled at St. Mary’s. Current enrollment is at 480, and while we anticipate the addition of 120 students to happen slowly over the next decade, administration has no intention of ever growing past 600 students.
With a new, 21st Century curriculum and thoughtfully-designed learning spaces, we are creating a more progressive school …where kids have fun while they learn, where they have choice, a school they can’t wait to get to! A place where teachers propose and deliver creative, new courses. Where we bring community members into our school as teachers to share their wisdom and expertise, further educating and inspiring our students.
How to get involved
For more information about our exciting St. Mary's 2.0 Capital Campaign, please contact
Bethany Brown, Director of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at
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Construction TimelineCommons timeline:
- Excavation and site preparation: July 5, 2017
- Foundations and first-floor slab: August 3, 2017
- Structural steel: September 14, 2017
- Second-floor slab: October 11, 2017
- Interior wall framing: November 29,2017
- Drywall: March 1, 2018
- Interior painting begins: March 23, 2018
- Courtyard landscape: March 23, 2018
- Kitchen equipment installation: April 20, 2018
- Doors open: August 1, 2018
- Excavation and site preparation: July 10, 2017
- Foundations and first-floor slab: August 2, 2017
- First-floor concrete block construction: September 21, 2017
- First-floor structural steel: October 20, 2017
- Second-floor slab: November 28, 2017
- Second-floor concrete block construction: December 7, 2017
- Second-floor structural steel: January 8, 2018
- Drywall: April 13, 2018
- Interior painting begins: April 19, 2018
- Landscaping: May 9, 2018
- Doors Open: August 1, 2018