Calgary Herald

Modern education enhanced through Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School’s $24-million expansion


Calgary’s oldest independen­t school, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School (STS), recently opened its brand new $24-million, 100% donor-funded expansion for students to experience an innovative approach to learning.

“After much anticipati­on, our dream has become reality,” says Dr. William Jones, STS Head of School. “It’s not every day you open a new school – in fact, most students and teachers never have the chance to experience this precious moment. Our community will cherish it.”

“This is a unique and inspiring place to learn – it’s an amazing building,” says Dr. Jones, “In all of my travels to schools around the world I’ve never seen a school this beautiful and functional. I don’t think there is another school like it.”

– Dr. William Jones, STS Head of School

Inspired by concrete and wellrespec­ted research on how spaces and environmen­t can dramatical­ly impact student learning and overall well-being, STS’ new facilities offer an unparallel­ed educationa­l experience amongst Canadian schools. Careful planning has ensured that the new facility’s design supports STS’ unique and innovative teaching and learning model, where students can be hands-on and actively engaged in their learning.

STS’ new expansion has been made possible through the generosity of the STS community including parents, alumni, and faculty and staff, many of whom are business and community leaders in Calgary. The 65,000 square foot expansion complement­s STS’ existing 220acre campus, offering stimulus-rich spaces to encourage student-directed, collaborat­ive learning and strategic landscapin­g to enrich educationa­l nature opportunit­ies offered on STS’ campus.

STS students are the most excited about the new facilities as they are the long-term beneficiar­ies of this community effort.The new building offers an improved Elementary wing, expanded Fine and Performing Arts spaces, and a new Heart of the School to create a warm welcome to the STS campus.

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School develops well-balanced students for a life of purpose by inspiring excellence in scholarshi­p, leadership and character. Situated on a beautiful, 220-acre country campus just south of Calgary, STS offers academic excellence as Alberta’s only full, K - Grade12, Internatio­nal Baccalaure­ate (IB) independen­t school. With about 700 students, STS offers a rich learning environmen­t where students can expect more, including: small class sizes, integrated learning, 90 cocurricul­ar activities, city-wide busing and scholarshi­ps, in unique, rural surroundin­gs.

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