New and improved St. Louise schoolhouse ready for students

September 2, 2010

By Laura Geggel

A new school year brings thrills and anticipation for children, as with it comes new teachers, supplies, uniforms and friends.

This year, students at St. Louise School and Faith Formation Center have another new thing to be excited for: a new school building.

For nearly 50 years, the private Catholic school, near Crossroads in Bellevue, has provided a learning place for students in kindergarten through eighth grade from Seattle and the greater Eastside, including Newcastle. This year, 454 students will attend St. Louise — 18 of them from Newcastle.

“Well, I’m excited about the new library,” Newcastle fourth-grader Julia Morgan said, and quickly added, “I’m really excited about everything!”

Construction for the new St. Louise building began in June 2009, thanks to a three-year capital campaign that collected $8 million in donations and pledges from alumni, parishioners, school parents and friends. When school begins Sept. 7, students will find a new, two-story school with:

  • a science lab
  • an art room
  • a library for school use during the day and parish meetings during evenings and weekends
  • a computer lab and server room
  • 12 new classrooms
  • lockers for junior high students
  • a new administration section, which will hold the main school office, administrative offices and a faculty room.

Seattle Archdiocese Archbishop Alex Brunett blessed the school at its dedication.

Principal Dan Fitzpatrick said the improvements brought the school up to speed with the 21st century.

“We have installed interactive whiteboards and computer projectors in the classrooms,” he said. “Wireless access has been created throughout the building to benefit students in their research and collaborative work. And for the first time in our 50-year history, we have a dedicated science lab.”

The construction is part of a multiphased building plan, which includes additional school classrooms and an expanded church gathering space and outdoor courtyard.

Learn more about St. Louise School, including admissions openings for this upcoming school year, at www.stlouiseschool.org.

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