Sea Crest School Unveils Plans for Campus Improvements

The improvements will include the addition of an Innovation Lab and the construction of a second story on the main building.

Sea Crest School is unveiling plans for a summer campus renovation project.

Tonight at 7 p.m. at a Next Level Campaign Kick-off Celebration event at the school, an overview of the building design, including construction plans and timeline, will be presented by Dr. Tom Walters, Interim Head of School, to an audience of Sea Crest families, friends and community leaders. Guest speakers at the event include TEDTalk from Stanford Professor Paolo Blikstein on the benefits of Innovation Labs in schools and Isaac Alexander from the Maker Education Initiative on the return to hands-on learning.

“Since its founding in 1996, Sea Crest has always been dedicated to offering students a rigorous academic program with exceptional enrichment opportunities and a leading-edge curriculum,” said Dr. Walters. “This project will add three state-of-the-art classrooms and much-needed storage and meeting rooms.  And the capstone of the project is the Innovation Lab, which will bring Sea Crest the space and tools needed for teaching the ‘out of the box’ thinking skills that will be most essential for tomorrow’s leaders.”

The Innovation Lab will be a space dedicated to hands-on learning to build, experiment, and invent and invaluable 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity, design, and engineering. The flexible, modern classrooms will provide the space needed to move some of the school’s enrichment programs out of temporary portable rooms and into the main building.

Construction plans are currently being reviewed by the city and the project will be completed before the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

Funds for the project are being contributed by the Sea Crest community as part of the “The Next Level Campaign,” a 6-month $850,000 capital campaign. Dr. Walters noted that more than one-third of the target amount has already been committed to the campaign by parents and friends of the school.  

“We are pleased at the early response to this important fundraising effort,” said Ellen Wright, Director of Advancement at Sea Crest.  “As the name suggests, this campaign will truly bring Sea Crest to the next level in terms of the learning opportunities it will bring to our community. Ultimately, it will help Sea Crest further our mission to bring students the very best in innovative education.” 

For more information or to make a contribution to the campaign, please visit www.seacrestschool.org/nextlevel.

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