Monastery Hall, which houses the Beeson Science Center and Our Lady Queen of the Heavens, opened in August 2020, adding an astounding 20% additional learning space to the campus by transforming the monastery, the former home of the Marist Brothers, into a future-ready science wing. This transformative project catapulted the school into a new echelon for teaching and learning.
This facility brings to fruition its 21st century Catholic education philosophy that brings real world learning, meaningful technology, and challenging curriculum to the hands, minds, and hearts of the young men and women of the South Side of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.This new space provides hands-on, authentic learning experiences that inspire collaboration, curiosity, and leadership guided by Catholic values.
The Faith in the Future Campaign began in late 2017, with construction beginning in January 2018. As of February 2020, Marist alumni, parents, and friends had donated more than $14 million towards the $15 million project total with efforts being made to secure the final funding. Gifts of any amount are gratefully welcomed.
ABOUT THE SCIENCE WING:
- Ten new labs dedicated to the branches of science including one Advanced Placement laboratory
- An anatomy and physiology lab with a patient diagnosis area and medical simulators that present human-like symptoms
- Access to outdoor space from the two physics labs for experiments
- A 30-seat planetarium for the expansion of astronomy studies
- A dedicated forensics lab with an enclosed crime scene for processing evidence
- An environmental science lab and access to outdoor space for labs
- A collaboration center for teachers to meet and plan cross-curricular lessons reflecting an integrated STEM approach to learning
- Mobile furniture that allows classes to change quickly from lecture to group work to lab experiments
- Student and teacher access to labs for independent research and experiments
- Walkover path from existing school hallway
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