The last major renovation on Southfield’s campus was the addition of the Margaret Shaffer Dickson Theater in 2005 and the new Middle School Building in 2003. Since that time, the Board of Trustees has worked hard to grow endowment and keep up the 80 year old facility. Except for a renovation of the lobby in the main building in 2007, the school has spent all funds raised annually by the Parents Association on educational needs and facility upkeep.
In the last 2 years, the Administrative Team, Faculty, and the Board of Trustees have worked to formulate a strategic plan to meet the most pressing needs of the campus in preparing for the future of education. Besides some clear infrastructure needs related to parking and traffic concerns, the driving theme behind this exhaustive research and planning that has been done is to renovate and replace our oldest facilities to bring our learning environments up to the higher standards which our program already achieves while also creating spaces which will support enhancements to the program for all students.
The mission of this capital campaign is to CREATE new spaces to SUPPORT our high standards in program and faculty, to ENHANCE the learning environment for every student, and to ADVANCE the program to embrace the newest opportunities in the future of education.
The details of the plan have been designed to make these achievements within a financial fundraising goal of $6,000,000, which the Board of Trustees and the school have raised $3.7M thus far.
New construction and renovations featuring a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music) building and a safe and beautiful preschool building with playground areas are complete. The STEAM building features a lower school performing arts theater, indoor and outdoor science labs as well as Suzuki satellite strings and piano studios. The preschool will benefit our youngest children ages 2, 3, and 4 providing them with uniquely designed preschool spaces including a gross motor room and kitchen learning center. A new library is at the heart of the campus where every student is encouraged to develop a love for books and reading. Additionally, technology upgrades are complete with every student from 3rd through 8th grade working on personal iPads.