Westminster Christian School (WCS) in Palmetto Bay has begun construction of a new science facility that will house two physics labs, three science labs, and one classroom, providing a total of six learning spaces for its middle school and high school science programs.
“We are so excited that Westminster has demonstrated its commitment to science education by bringing us the best possible facilities and classroom technology to equip our students to be leaders and innovators,” said Dr. Lynell Martinez, WCS High School Science Department head. “More classroom lab space means that more students will have access to hands-on lab activities.
“New and better lab computers mean that students will be able to analyze their data, rather than just learn from a textbook,: he added. “These improved facilities will help our highly trained faculty address the needs of every student to foster in them a love and excitement for science and to achieve their fullest potential.”
Expected to open in the fall, the new building will provide updated science facilities for the physics, biology, chemistry and environmental science courses offered as part of the middle school and high school science curriculum. Located just east of the current high school building, the two buildings will be adjoined via exterior hallways.
The current Lewis A. Fraser Science Building, which has served the science curriculum well for the past 30 years, will be converted into art classrooms/studios, nearly doubling the Art Department’s classroom and storage space. These remodeled spaces will open up new possibilities in the art curriculum and ensure that Westminster’s nationally renowned fine arts program has the facilities it needs to foster the creativity and talents of its students.
Founded in 1961, Westminster Christian School serves 1,024 students in grades Pre-K3 through grade 12.