Our 40,000-square-foot Academic Center perfectly suits the needs of today’s students.
With STEM classes in high demand, the building features an eastern-facing wing of state-of-the-art science laboratories on two-levels, as well as a wing of classrooms with the latest technology for math and other disciplines.
From its opening in the 2015-16 school year, the building has allowed the school to redesign and expand its curriculum in bold ways that feature project-based learning and that encourage student engagement.
A two-story open atrium in the heart of the building — able to hold more than 100 people — allows for collaborative work, study, and special events, such as our Brown Bag Lunch series, which periodically brings alumni and parents with science expertise back to campus to speak with students, faculty and staff.
Designed by EYP Architecture & Engineering of Boston and built by Shawmut Design and Construction, the Academic Center was built to achieve LEED Gold certification and boasts several sustainable features, including solar hot water and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems; solar panels on the roof capable of powering 7 percent of the building’s lighting systems; a geothermal system able to heat and cool the Rios Conservatory on the building’s second floor; and sensors in each room that can automatically turn off lights or lower interior lighting if it’s bright outside.