AMSA held a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 14 for a new academic building being built on its campus at 201 Forest St., Marlborough. (See video of ceremony)
The 17,000-square-foot academic building will alleviate current classroom space restrictions and will contain state-of-the-art classroom technology and laboratory equipment to improve learning opportunities for students.
“This event marks a significant leap forward for AMSA students in the world of science and technology,” said Dr. Lisa C. Mobley, AMSA Executive Director. “We are celebrating the fusion of innovation, collaboration, and the ambition of all the stakeholders who continue to support us in imagining AMSA’s future today. We build with mortar and concrete, but tomorrow we build scientists, engineers, architects who will impact our world far and wide.”
“We're not only breaking ground, we're also breaking boundaries and things that we can do,” said Raul Porras, Chair of the AMSA Board of Trustees. “We're prioritizing the kids and we're prioritizing the learning. I look forward to seeing how our students thrive here.”
“It is such an honor to be a part of this historic moment for AMSA,” said Angelina DaSilva, AMSA 9th grade student. “I hope future students will appreciate the great opportunities this new building provides. As we continue to develop as a school and welcome each new class, we support one another in our mission to learn. This building brings growth and opportunity for myself and my peers. Thank you so much to all the people who made this building possible.”
AMSA’s campus currently consists of three former office buildings that have been converted into classrooms, cafeterias, and administrative offices. AMSA is funding the project through a combination of school equity ($4 million), a tax-exempt bond issued by Boston Private and guaranteed through MassDevelopment ($24 million) and philanthropy ($2 million). The school has launched a capital campaign to raise the philanthropy portion.
Founded in 2005, AMSA is a public middle and high school educating students in grades 6-12. Our mission is to create an atmosphere of celebration of knowledge where children of all backgrounds and abilities excel in all subjects, especially in math, science and technology, empowering them to succeed in the workplace in our modern, high-tech world. We bring high quality education, typically available only at private or exam schools, to an all-inclusive, public-school setting. AMSA does not charge tuition, and admittance is based solely on a space-availability lottery.