Cathedral School Community,
I am so excited to announce the public phase of the Fulfilling the Strategic Vision Campaign for Cathedral School for Boys—a $20 million effort designed to support staff salaries and benefits, diversify our student body, and enhance and expand our campus.
This campaign is the result of our Strategic Plan 2017-22, which was the product of a year of work by a dedicated committee. The Plan and its bold vision for Cathedral's future was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees in 2017. The Strategic Plan centered on three major themes: (1) maintaining our leadership in boys’ education so that we prepare boys for success in high school and in an increasingly complicated world; (2) fostering a community that attracts and supports talented educators and staff and that remains accessible to all qualified students; and (3) improving the use of learning space to support innovative educational approaches that prepare our students for success and leadership in the world.
In the past two years, there has been tremendous progress on all of these goals. We have implemented a Co-Lead teaching model in the Lower School, established an endowed master teaching chair to support teaching excellence, and enhanced staff salary and benefits to attract and maintain the finest professional staff. In addition, student diversity has increased, and we have launched a scholarship program designed to attract high-achieving, underrepresented students to our middle school. Just this past summer, we created a state-of-the-art Upper School science suite, which I hope you all have been able to visit.
The new Upper School science lab, a model for our renovated classrooms.
We have a great deal to show for our efforts. However, the final, and in many ways, the most complicated, component of our plan remains. This summer, we hope to begin construction on a two-story addition that will be built atop the terrace—the space between the School and Grace Cathedral. At the same time, we will undertake a complete renovation of the classrooms in the main school building. In order to go through with this extensive work, we have been quietly raising the funds needed to accomplish these objectives.
An aerial view of the School with a rendering of the new addition on the right.
To date, we have raised over $15 million—easily the largest fundraising effort in Cathedral School's history. Among these gifts are five commitments of seven figures or more. To say that we are extremely appreciative of these donors' generosity would be an understatement.
Now that construction is drawing near, we are launching the Public Phase of the Fulfilling the Strategic Vision Campaign. While we have accomplished so much to date, we still have to raise nearly $5 million in the next six months in order to begin construction responsibly.
A view of the new School entrance, with views out onto Grace Cathedral.
This project will transform our School. Our boys will benefit from classrooms that better support the modern instructional approaches that are used by our faculty. Our teachers will benefit from additional space to support group and project-based work. Furthermore, our community will benefit from a carefully-designed addition that will reflect the welcoming, open place we know Cathedral to be
We are beyond excited to enter into this final phase of this campaign, and I am confident that, together, we can reach our goal. I'm looking forward to sharing more about this project in the coming weeks and months. If you're interested in learning more, we will be hosting several information sessions open to everyone in the Community. Please contact Jim Schmidt, Director of Development, for more information or to make a pledge.
I continue to believe that our School is providing one of the most compelling and necessary educational experiences in the country. This campaign will help guarantee that this vital work continues.
With deepest appreciation,
|For questions and to learn more about making a pledge, contact Jim Schmidt, Development Director, at
Renovation by the Numbers
Total new and renovated square footage
Percentage of existing school building that will be renovated
New Lower School (K-4) open-plan space
New Upper School (5-8) learning commons
New outside play space on the roof
Modern science suite of 2 labs with shared storage
Renovated classrooms for lower and upper school
New and renovated bathrooms
1 for students, 1 for staff
New secure bike rack for teachers
Size of green wall facing Sacramento Street