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Moving Science Forward

Educating for tomorrow

Educating for Forever

Our Vision

St. Paul’s Episcopal School will be the preeminent STEM educational institution of its kind in the Southeast. 

The STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math represent the future of the global economy. Together these fields dominate future employment growth prospects and hold the promise to address the most pressing issues faced by humankind. The rapid advance of technology also brings profound questions that have never before demanded consideration. 

St. Paul’s is producing future-ready graduates who, having firmly grasped the foundation of these advanced concepts, are also ethical decision-makers. The school’s overall academic program is excellent; its graduates matriculate to outstanding universities; and, as a faithbased school, St. Paul’s inherently and intentionally works to develop reflective, moral graduates who effectively serve their communities. 

To address the challenge of constantly emerging technology and to position St. Paul’s as the STEM leader among college prepatory schools in the Southeast, the school will drive development of math, science, and technology programs.

Our Commitment:

  • Drive STEM-related academic programs, making adjustments to ensure we possess the most research-based curricula and methodologies available.
  • Prioritize hiring of faculty with expertise in each of our planned growth areas, particularly the areas of science, technology and engineering.
  • Renovate facilities to ensure that we provide state-of-the-art resources in support of our science faculty and hands-on learning activities.
  • Produce a robust curriculum in science, technology and engineering, offering dedicated courses in programming, robotics, website development, engineering, and design.

We Have Acted:

  • Installed the most research-proven math curriculum available, Math in Focus.
  • Added summer math requirements to our existing summer reading program.
  • Added math specialists in elementary grades.
  • Engaged each student at their optimal level of challenge at earlier ages to intentionally expand the number of students ready for higher level math courses.
  • Engaged faculty members with skills and experience in science, technology and engineering fields.

Now, we must produce the facilities needed to support our objective.

We must renovate existing science classrooms. Facilities are twenty years old and badly in need of updates. Increased interest in STEM studies, expanded science curriculum and offerings have combined to pressure the existing labs past their capacity.

List of 3 items.

  • The Plan

    We have engaged Sheldon Laboratory Systems, a leading national science laboratory design company, to design new science classrooms and labs to provide faculty and students with state-of-the-art learning spaces.

    We have engaged our science faculty in the design process including visits to other schools and the Sheldon Labs production facility.

    We have engaged Clark Geer Latham & Associates Inc. of Mobile to conduct the actual renovation beginning in Summer 2021.
  • The Project

    The project will transform existing science labs in a cost-efficient manner while emphasizing field-specific needs and reconfigurable spaces to allow for long term use.

    New spaces will increase the ability of each instructor to conduct hands on learning within their own classroom/lab combinations while providing space for more extensive, laboratory experiments and deeper learning opportunities.

    Construction will be staged to allow continued use of existing classrooms, retrofitting each while utilizing converted portions of the former cafeteria as a temporary learning space.
  • Scope of the Project

    Construction will be planned to allow use of existing classrooms during the work. Temporary instruction areas will be created in the school’s former cafeteria as needed through the project.

    Phase 1 will renovate three classrooms and a lab preparation area contained in the north Bedsole Science wing. The work will produce classrooms to support physics, biology, and marine science. Each classroom will incorporate convertible design to allow ease of transition from classroom to laboratory usage as
    needed.

    Phase 2 will renovate two existing classrooms and one laboratory in the west science wing producing learning spaces to support chemistry and general science. The chemistry classroom lab will be a fixed design set. The general science space will be designed for adaptation to various science applications.

Natasha Kendall, Chair of Upper School Science Department

A 21st century STEM education requires students to engage in inquiry-based, hands-on laboratory experiences. Modern laboratory space for each science discipline will allow all students to learn through experience with laboratory investigations, which will increase their understanding of difficult scientific concepts. These renovations will enhance their critical thinking skills and take St. Paul’s to the next learning level.

Contact

161 Dogwood Lane
Mobile, Alabama 36608
P. (251) 342-6700
F. (251) 342-1844