Planning for the Future
Sewickley Academy has been a premiere independent school for more than 175 years.
While we can support innovation in teaching and learning through faculty professional development, curriculum development, and through our mentoring programs, we must also provide spaces that match the caliber of teaching and learning that embody Sewickley Academy's mission.
In order to fulfill the Master Plan, the Sewickley Academy Board of Trustees has identified two spaces that require improvement in order to meet our goals for our students and provide the caliber of spaces the excellence of our programs and teaching demand.
The Oliver Building has served several generations of Senior School students as the home of our science program since 1986. Almost 30 years later, it is clear that what has served us so well is no longer meeting our needs.
As our region and country work to strengthen education in science, math, and technology, and as we increasingly support more student-centered learning, our faculty and students need facilities that are commensurate with the high level of teaching and learning that take place in the building. Colleges expect high school students to have undertaken a level of research and data collection that is just not possible in the space as it is currently configured.
The Means Alumni Gym
The Means Alumni Gym was built in 1962 and updated in 1997. This historic facility has served generations of students who have passed through its doors.
Most importantly, a renovation and expansion of the Means Alumni Gym will also allow us to address a challenge that we have faced countless times for well over a decade: the lack of a place where the entire school community can gather for important moments in the life of the school, such as all-school assemblies, guest speakers, and large special events including graduation, which was moved outdoors several years ago to accommodate the number of guests who attend this milestone event.
Having the capacity to bring together every student, faculty, and staff member on our campus would further strengthen our school’s strong sense of community – an Academy hallmark that so many hold dear. Among many other things, the expanded facility would also allow the space necessary for an NCAA regulation-sized basketball court.
Questions & Answers
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