Phase I of the Build STA Campaign launched in 2017, and thanks to early generous commitments from many individuals and families, we surpassed our $3M goal. All funds donated in excess of our goal have been directed to Phase I cost adjustments and enhancements. We moved into the new campus in September 2019, and the graduating class of 2020 was the first group of STA Alumni to graduate from the new school.
Thanks to the support of our donors, the North Shore Parishes and the Archdiocese, the new campus provides our students, teachers and staff expanded academic, administrative and common spaces as well as enhanced technology in the forms of a Makers Lab to support 21st century learning.
Included in the 64,000 square foot Academic Wing are 17 state-of-the-art classrooms, which will provide larger, brighter and healthier learning environments for students and staff. Each classroom is equipped with the latest LED lighting, forced fresh air circulation and technology to support 21st-century learning.
The new library continues as a key part of student life at STA and serves as a gathering spot for community events. The library is situated on the top floor of the new school building and has southwest-facing views of downtown and the Vancouver harbor.
A new computer lab gives STA students the opportunity to work with cutting-edge machines within a structured academic curriculum. The new Makers Lab on the ground floor provides space for expanded academic offerings at STA—allowing for the school to educate the hands and minds of its students. The Maker’s Lab is 1,850 square feet with a focus on industrial design combined with components of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
The new campus continues to support the vibrant academic and extra-curricular activities at STA, all the while serving as a new gathering place for the North Shore Catholic community.
Up Next? Phase II
In the near future, STA will complete Phase II of the Build STA campaign which will involve a major fundraising initiative. This involves a seismic upgrade and renovation of the convent into The STA Centre for Performing Arts, the development of an athletic field, and the demolition of the old school. For the Centre, we hope to have a theatre, music room and updated school chapel.