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FAU Breaks Ground for FAU High Classroom Building

BOCA RATON, FL (November 23, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University broke ground today for its new FAU High School classroom building that will be used to house middle and high school students in an innovative, diverse set of learning spaces. The ceremony took place at the building’s future site at the A.D. Henderson University School, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“The new building represents an innovative model to construct learning spaces which foster more effective ways for students to learn,” said Glenn Thomas, assistant dean of pre-K through 12 th grade schools and educational programs. “The students will greatly benefit from this new facility.” 

The 16,000-square-foot building will be used for project work and lectures, with specific subject areas focusing on science, art, music and movement. The structure of the building is designed to complement the existing campus, and will consist of seven studios, project space designated for co-op learning, two lecture rooms, a music lab and a multimedia study area. There also will be a patio designed for science and art, as well as an outdoor theater space.  The building, designed by Zyscovich Architects and to be built by Pirtle Construction, is scheduled for completion in July 2010.

Dr. John Pritchett, interim president of FAU; Patricia C. Hodge, principal and director of FAU’s A.D. Henderson University School; Dr. Valerie J. Bristor, dean of the College of Education; and Glenn Thomas, assistant dean of the College of Education, were in attendance.

            FAU High School is an innovative public school governed by FAU. Founded in August 2004, FAUHS offers students in grades 9-12 a highly intensive university-based dual enrollment program, in which high school students completing university courses receive both high school and university credit. The school sponsors a number of academic clubs, including the National Honor Society, competes in state and national academic games, encourages the arts and provides a broad athletic program offering 16 varsity sports teams.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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