Originally built in the 1970s as science classrooms for high school students, the current Middle School science labs are being remodeled based on innovative designs by local architecture firm PWWG. The goal of the renovation is to provide modern, flexible, inviting spaces that allow students and faculty to move seamlessly between group projects, lab experiments, discussions, and presentations—living fully into Ellis’ belief that middle school scientists learn best through hands-on experiences and collaborative problem-solving.
The School broke ground on the new lab spaces as soon as classes ended in early June and hopes to finish the project in mid-September. Construction will be completed by local contractor Jendoco, and the renovation will also include the installation of an elevator to provide better access to both levels of the Middle School.
Over $1,200,000 has been raised for this endeavor from a generous group of donors that includes current and past parents, current and former trustees, alumnae, and friends of the School.
"Whether it be science, technology, engineering, or math, The Ellis School has been at the forefront of prioritizing STEM education for girls for over 105 years," says Head of School Macon Finley. "The Middle School science labs are more than deserving of an upgrade and redesign, and I can’t wait to celebrate these new spaces with the Ellis community in the fall.”