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The Campaign for Serra

Phase II

The Center for the Arts & Sciences and Aquatics Center 

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Project Description

Science and Math

Just as Serra graduates in the last century witnessed great achievements and numerous challenges, today’s graduates will face a global environment full of opportunities and challenges. One of the most daunting concerns of education in the United States is the sharp decline in the science and math competency levels of young graduates, which has already impacted our nation’s ability to provide global leadership in scientific research and innovation.

Serra’s science and math faculty are among the best in the Bay Area and, as a result, Serra students perform well-above the national average. In 2008, our AP pass rate for Biology was 86%, for Physics 71% and for Computer Science 70% (National Averages: 69%, 64% and 58%, respectively). The new facilities will allow us to continue to attract and retain the finest faculty by creating a dynamic, contemporary learning environment that incorporates the latest “Smart Classroom” technology.

Phase II Outcomes:
  • creation of five new science lecture laboratories for biology, chemistry and physics, which will maximize hands-on learning and mastery
  • expansion of science curriculum
  • transformation of former science facilities into three general purpose, “smart technology” classrooms, as well as new facilities for yearbook, newspaper, films and a new broadcasting studio

"Smart" Classrooms

A pivotal component of today’s academic environment is the integration of advanced technology throughout the campus, particularly in the classrooms, to facilitate student learning at the highest level. Commonly known as “smart” classrooms, these new facilities will employ the latest instruction technology to maximize student learning. The classrooms will be equipped with Smart Board and digital camera technology as well as wireless computer connectivity. Through the skillful use of these and other “ed-tech” resources, students will be engaged in their learning in a more rigorous and relevant manner.

Phase II Outcomes:
  • classrooms that integrate current advanced technology and are designed and wired for adaptation to future technological advances
  • teacher console and equipment for complete technology access, including “Smart” boards with graphic interface, DVD control, audio and lighting control, and document camera to integrate all forms of learning into the teaching process
  • student laptops for recording, analyzing and manipulating data in addressing real world challenges
  • classroom furniture, lighting and acoustics that facilitate student to student collaboration in using the graphics, data manipulation and sound capabilities of the technology

Art

The arts nourish students’ spirits and foster creative expression. Our art program, once a small elective, is now an integral part of our curriculum, with seven art sections including Advanced Art. The program has long outgrown its current small, poorly-lit classroom.

 
 

 
Phase II Outcomes:
  • an enlarged and improved art room dedicated to painting, drawing, 3-D art
  • a new ceramics room
  • exposure to natural lighting as a key element in art
  • increased space to store artwork and tools
  • increased display space, both indoors and outdoors in the adjacent arts plaza

Music

Participation in music has also grown dramatically, from a simple band program to instrumental programs that include Jazz, Symphonic and the Padre Pep Bands. The choral program is equally distinctive in the number who participate and the quality of their performances. Both the music and choral programs win high honors in California Music Educators Association annual competitions.

Phase II Outcomes:
  • new practice rooms
  • state-of-the art acoustics and recording facilities
  • a Green Room for the theater arts program
  • a workroom for instrument repair
  • an enlarged band/choral room that will exceed the minimum square footage recommended by the Music Educators National Conference
  • appropriate practice and performance spaces that showcase the broad-range of music programs

Academic Resource Center

One of the most vivid demonstrations of Serra’s commitment to its mission is the Academic Resource Center (ARC) which addresses the needs of the students with identified learning differences. The program is operating at maximum capacity in a single classroom.

Phase II Outcomes:
  • expanded classroom space
  • separate small group tutoring/collaborative study classroom
  • meeting room to accommodate family conferences
  • an environment that meets the tutoring and academic support needs for ARC students, in both individual and group settings
  • a separate room for the Directed Study program 

Information Communications and Media

A key 21st century requirement for our students is learning to use and to communicate information wisely in the context of ethics and Catholic values. They not only must develop the aptitude to use technology to master course content while at Serra, but also must refine their ability to thoughtfully communicate and collaborate with others in the context of the global environment in which they will live and work.

Phase II Outcomes:
  • new facilities and technology improvements for films, yearbook, newspaper
  • a new broadcasting studio
  • state-of-the-art communication technology
  • expanded opportunities for engaging students in real world communication

Aquatics

Serra’s competitive edge in the swimming and water polo arenas is challenged by inadequate aquatic facilities, including a regulation-size pool, for both practice and competitions. The new aquatic center will provide facilities that enable athletes to achieve the level of training and skills expected by our coaching staff and our competitors. 

 
Phase II Outcomes:
  • a new 38 meter x 25 yard pool, standard dimensions for competitive high school water polo and swimming
  • new team locker and bathroom facilities
  • spectator bleachers
  • the ability to host home water polo games or larger tournaments
  • expansion of revenue-generating summer programs
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