Capital Campaign

Expanding Thought! Impacting Lives.

hs-opening-collageWhat a wonderful day for St. Francis! On Monday, October 24th our high schoolers walked in their new front door at 233 W. Broadway and began enjoying their new Commons Room right away. A HUGE thank you to our capital donors and Board for making this happen.

A few hours before graduation May 2016 we purchased the front of the 233 W. Broadway Building (some 17,000 additional square feet), which includes some of the most beautiful space in the building for our High School students. The new space opened in the fall of 2016.

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Main EntranceFront Door 233 W. Broadway

The main entrance of our building has returned to Broadway, which has had a major impact on the School’s visibility in downtown Louisville. It’s been a while, well, 13 years actually, since any major renovation at the High School. The High School enrollment has grown in that time, 22% in just the last 4 years, and while we do not intend to grow much larger, our students need more living space.

This expansion significantly improves the student experience with two student-centered areas: a cozy new Commons Room including a student kitchen and the new Wyvern Store which we will stock with healthier but still teen-approved items and more substantial lunch fare – frozen burritos and entrees, mac & cheese, etc.

L-F Commons Room-page-001Commons Room

This bright, airy, comfortable Commons Room is the SFS home for our high schoolers. With windows facing Broadway and 3rd Street, the Commons Room is the hub of student life. Complete with a student kitchen, game tables, lounge furniture, AV equipment, and, of course, charging stations, the Commons Room is large enough for the entire high school to gather together as a community.


The Space for ThoughtNew student commons room.

The “Space for Thought,” incorporates technology that can be used for lectures, classes, AP exams, parent discussion groups, Open House, Parents’ Night, Grandparents’ Day luncheon and more.


The Workshop

In addition, we have built “The Workshop,” our new MakerspaceMakerSpace for our Science Department. Future phases include a revamp of the existing science rooms on the 1st level and theater space and additional athletic space in the lower level.

“A MakerSpace is a general term for a place where people get together to make things. MakerSpaces might focus on electronics, robotics, woodworking, sewing, laser cutting, programming, or some combination of these skills.” MakerSpaces by S. Roslund & E.P. Rodgers


Creating an Abundant Future for St. Francis School.

This Campaign combines the dreams, the donors, and the goals from the two prior campaigns from the Goshen and Downtown Campuses.  To lead us in this landmark Campaign for St. Francis, we found three wonderful Co-Chairs in alumni parent Nina Bonnie, alumni parent and current grandparent Dace Brown Stubbs, and current parent Ginny Frazier.  We began in the summer of 2012 with a feasibility study, which demonstrated that a Campaign goal of $12-14 million was achievable over five years.  By the end of the feasibility study, the newly combined campaign had raised $3.4 million toward our goal.

To help us prioritize our goals, we completed a Master Campus Plan with Lake|Flato Architects.  Lake|Flato Architects, the AIA Firm of the Year in 2004, is a national leader in the design of Independent Schools as well as colleges; they also have extensive expertise in “green” architecture.  The Master Plan represents a shared vision of the future of St. Francis School, one in which the spirit of the school is “extroverted” through both the buildings and landscapes on each campus.

Our Case for Support can be seen by clicking on the cover below.

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Goshen Campus — Athletic Center, $3.4 million

Timeline: Opened!!

Here is a photo of our gym the evening before our grand opening on 8/9/14!

Gym at night

Click here for our Goshen Gym green design aspects.

Our 34-year-old gym was inadequate to accommodate our athletics programs and was in immediate need of a comprehensive renovation. In the timeline of all the planned projects, this was the longest planned, and the campaign for the gym had been underway the longest; therefore it became the first of all our major building projects. Existing architect Doug Pierson, managing partner of (fer)Studios, an award-winning architectural firm from Inglewood, California, brought this project to fruition.


Gym from 42 Gym night image

Click here for a fun video of Head of School, Alexandra Thurstone beginning the demolition for the gym!