"There has never been a better time in the history of our world for the positioning of women. Now is the time to draw strength from the example of our foundresses. As we prepare for our second century at Stone Ridge, we must invest in future generations of children of the Sacred Heart."
Our Centennial Campaign is the comprehensive fundraising effort to support the Campus Master Plan and carry Sacred Heart education well into the next century. As Stone Ridge evolves, we must simultaneously develop and protect our beautiful, 35-acre campus, melding existing space with the changing needs of our academic and extracurricular programs and Sacred Heart mission. We imagine a campus strategically updated to improve practical issues like drainage and parking, while also expanding playing fields, adding first-class learning and gathering spaces, and creating outdoor learning areas.
Gators Go Turf - COmpLeTED
In 2014, Stone Ridge embarked on the first part of this larger effort with the Gators Go Turf Campaign, which created a new turf field and athletic pavilion to support our growing athletics program. Completed in 2015, the addition of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Pavilion, Gator Field, and the adjacent loop road to Stone Ridge’s campus has been transformative.
Since these enhancements, Stone Ridge soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams have raised the bar in their achievements on the field. In addition, the athletics department can now offer a more varied physical education curriculum.
The new athletic field facility has also afforded the School the ability to bring young girls and families who don’t attend Stone Ridge to campus to learn about our school, and build partnerships with various leagues and local clubs.
Central to our Master Plan is creating a heart to the campus by building a Campus Quad and a Student Life Center, with space outfitted for dining, prayer, and visual and performing arts programming. This enhancement would require closing the roadway that runs through the center of our existing campus and adding a new loop road around the perimeter of campus. The building of new walkways and landscaped green space will create a heart of campus as a pedestrian zone, called Campus Quad, which will unify the outdoor areas between the academic buildings and the new Student Life Center and existing Athletic Center.
While Stone Ridge has always been a leading school in the evolution of pedagogy, curriculum, and program that best serves girls, it is now time to reinvent our physical space to align with that dynamic and forward movement. Teaching and learning in the 21st century requires more flexible space, allowing students to utilize technology, collaborate, and create.
Education, is no longer what it was a few years ago; the multiplication of institutions which follow the trends of the times make us seem behind. God forbid that we should wish to compromise with duty and sacrifice our principal end to these tendencies, but we must again examine what we can accord and review our Plan of Studies to modify and complete it.