Updated: Aug 15
St. Benedict's Episcopal School (STBS) is excited to announce the expansion of its existing campus through the purchase of 4.2 acres of land. The property, which is contiguous to its current campus, will serve as a new middle school campus.
The site will continue to support STBS's unique “Preschool - 8th Grade” educational model. In addition to allowing more space on all campuses for collaborative learning environments and co-curriculars, such as music, art, and drama, the middle school site will also house a STEAM lab and cafeteria. The expansion of facilities will support the school's rising enrollment since 2020.
“The dream of having this contiguous land that supports the unique needs of middle school students excites us all,” said STBS Board Chair Dorothy Sullivan. “With the approval of our county board of commissioners and the blessings of the Atlanta Diocese, plus the generosity of our friends and families, we are truly moving into this new era with confidence and strength. Our students deserve the opportunity for growth. It will be wonderful to watch as we expand our facilities with this physical space and see also the expansion of young minds and experiences.”
In June 2020, STBS launched Phase 1 of its capital campaign Imagine. So far, the Imagine Campaign has raised $1.7 Million through financial gifts, philanthropic dollars, and existing school families. Funds raised supported the land acquisition for the new 5th – 8th grade campus. Today the school announced Phase 2 of the capital campaign, intending to raise an additional $1.4 Million in 18 months to retire the short-term loan they acquired on the property so that they can then continue their dreams of building the new Middle School facility.
“This milestone marks a major accomplishment in St. Benedict’s 12 year history," said STBS Head of School Father Brian Sullivan. "The purchase of this property enables the school to build to the specific needs of our strategic and educational goals. This property will help us to continue graduating students into the schools of their choice, including Cobb Magnet programs and surrounding independent schools. With the new space they will be even more prepared to be confident, courageous, compassionate leaders, respectful of diversity and grounded in faith.”
With your help, STBS will create a campus that supports academic innovation, invites collaboration, and fully accommodates our values. As STBS embarks on this groundbreaking campaign, it asks for support from the school's alums, parents, and friends to imagine an even brighter future for its students and the growing Smyrna community. To learn more about the Imagine Campaign and opportunities to give to initiatives such as the expansion of school facilities, contact St. Benedict's Episcopal School's Director of Development, Stephanie Alvarez, via email at email@example.com or visit www.stbs.org/support-us.
About St. Benedict's Episcopal School (STBS)
Founded in 2009, St. Benedict's Episcopal School (STBS) is an independent school of choice in Smyrna, Georgia, for families of children in preschool starting at one year old through eighth grade. The school's primary focuses are inspiring learning, nurturing growth, and embracing the values of Episcopal education. St. Benedict's Episcopal School encourages creativity and inquiry-based learning in a caring and nurturing environment. As an institution, STBS is deeply committed to ensuring its community reflects the diversity of Smyrna, Georgia, and the surrounding area. STBS is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), CIGNA, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), as well as affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Georgia Independent School Association (GISA), and National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES). For continuous news and updates, follow STBS on social media @STBSInsta or visit us online at www.stbs.org.
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