View Full Version : All NYC Marymount getting new state-of-the-art science and technology labs

05-26-2011, 08:41 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20110525/upper-east-side/elite-private-school-expands-into-shuttered-ues-parochial-school-space) by Amy Zimmer
A long-shuttered parochial school on East 97th Street will reopen in September with new classrooms for a prestigious private school.

The St. Francis de Sales Academy, run by the Sisters of the Holy Union at 116 E. 97th St., was closed in 2007, one of many Catholic schools that the Archdiocese of New York shut in Manhattan over the last several years.

The school's building is now being transformed into gymnasium, science labs and arts classrooms for the Marymount School, an independent Catholic school for girls where tuition costs $35,000 a year.

Marymount whose main building is at East 84th Street and Fifth Avenue and has its middle school three blocks south of that began using the vacant St. Francis building for its gym classes last year.

Now the elite girls' schools is renovating the 42,000-square-foot building with state-of-the-art laboratories for its science, technology, engineering and math program that are slated to open in September, the school's headmistress Concepcion Alvar said.

"This will obviously help us expand the footprint of our school," Alvar said. "It will allow us to double up on our athletic facilities. It will also house our music and art, speech and drama groups."

She beamed about the technology uses the building will have, explaining that Marymount has been on the "cutting edge" of adopting new gadgets, like iPads, which students got in September and are being used for science, math and art.

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