Phase 1  Complete | $2Million Investment, 35% Enrollment Growth

Ignited by a $2 million gift from the Brower family in 2019, the first phase of strategic growth at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot is now complete.

Phase 1 Completed Infrastructure, Facility & Technology Upgrades Include:

  • New state-of-the-art playground, entire exterior of the school repainted, new windows installed, aging sidewalks replaced, front entranceway renovated, and a host of minor carpentry repairs completed.
  • Technology infrastructure upgrade with enhanced servers and campus-wide wireless access points, new Chromebooks for over 200 students as part of a multi-year Chromebook acquisition process that puts students on the leading edge of digital learning, 15 new Smartboards for K-5 classrooms.
  • Comprehensive rebranding and marketing initiative included: new logo, website, campus signage, collateral materials, and ongoing marketing to support school awareness in the Greater Richmond Area.

In just 3 years, BSH enrollment has grown over 35% (from 265 to 367 students), with projections to pass 400 students in the ’22-23 year. In order to capitalize on this tremendous growth & momentum, the BSH Board and Administration at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot are excited to embark on the next phase of the Knight’s Charge which includes continued plans to strengthen school infrastructure and expand academic and elective offerings at all grade levels.  Learn more about our long-term plan below.

BSH Knight’s Charge | A First Look | $8,250,000 Investment

We’re excited to announce plans for the Knight’s Charge, supporting the next phase of significant growth at BSH.  An $8,250,000 endeavor, Phase 2 supports continued facility & curriculum improvements for all grade levels in the areas of Academics, Athletics and the Arts. Take a minute to learn how all  improvements will strategically support BSH growth in the areas of Academics, Athletics and the Arts.

A college preparatory school, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot places the highest priority on academic excellence. As such, a significant portion of our expansion & renovation investment is dedicated to the ongoing enhancement of our academic offerings. Here are some specific initiatives that will be taking place over the next few years at BSH.   

Addition of Dual Enrollment Courses for Biology, History, Math and English

BSH has partnered with Reynolds College to offer more valuable dual enrollment courses. Dual-enrollment courses offer students the chance to strengthen study habits and earn college credits while still in high school. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to explore college level subjects prior to high school graduation. 

By Fall of ‘24, BSH will offer 5 dual enrollment courses across the four core subjects: 

  • Beginning in Fall ’22 school year, addition of DE classes in both Biology and History to the existing offering of DE Chemistry.
  • Beginning in ’23-24 school year, addition of DE class in English
  • Beginning in ’24-25 school year, addition of DE class in Math

 

Ongoing Investment in Teacher Education, Development, Compensation & Support

BSH has budgeted for the ongoing investment in our teachers in several ways:

  • Payment for teacher certification as independent instructors of dual enrollment classes
  • Increase in teacher compensation to incent current staff, attract highly qualified individuals and ensure BSH as a competitive option when hiring/retaining teachers
  • Addition of teachers and support staff as needed to support our growing enrollment:
    • Lower School 
    • Learning Support 

Complete Curriculum Review 

In the summer of ’22 we will begin conducting curriculum reviews with current faculty to assess the progression of student learning, identify where enhancements can be made, and create a roadmap for all future instruction. Curriculum reviews will begin with the Math & Science departments. 

Renovation of 34 classrooms 

In summer ‘22, thirty-four BSH classrooms will receive a top to bottom renovation including new: 

  • LED lighting 
  • Flooring 
  • Paint
  • Doors

 

Additionally, our Library will receive a much-needed renovation which includes new: 

  • LED lighting 
  • Flooring 
  • Custom Bookcases 
  • Early Learner/Lower School reading nook  

 

New STEAM Classroom & Equipment

BSH is proud of our STEAM program that offers project-based, hand-on learning opportunities across all 5 disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture/Art and Math) and fosters an inclusive learning environment where all students are able to engage and contribute. Fun fact about our program: The “A” in our STEAM program stands for both Art & Agriculture. As a rural school with a large outdoor campus, we have many opportunities for planting and outdoor learning.  

A new STEAM classroom will be built within the Brower Student Center. This space will allow students the  opportunity to collaborate in both small groups and class groups and participate in cross-curricular activities in a  state-of-the-art new space. Highlights of the STEAM space include: 

  • New 3D printers 
  • Greenhouse windows 
  • Robotics equipment 
  • A variety of basic manipulative materials that invite creative thinking and problem-solving

 

Addition of Electives 

As enrollment grows and demand increases, BSH is committed to adding new electives & staff supporting student interests & development.

A Green Screen Studio will be built in the new Brower Student Center. This studio space will allow our  current journalism class to expand into producing live morning announcements and explore news production. The space will also be available for younger students to access through special studies within  their grade level curriculum.

Athletic excellence is a tradition at Blessed Sacrament and our athletics program is geared toward teamwork, personal growth and character building  both on and off the field. This next phase of BSH expansion includes  plans for new & enhanced athletic facilities & staff to serve more students, improve spectator experience and continue our program growth.

Parker Gym Renovation

Parker Gym is our primary space for basketball and volleyball games and practices; it is also where we hold convocation, drama and music performances, Mass, assemblies, parent meetings and graduations. This much loved, school community space will receive renovations including:

  • New LED lighting throughout
  • Paint
  • New Bleachers
  • Renovated concession area
  • Refreshed visitor locker room
  • Sand, refinish and re-stripe the court
  • New roof
  • Waterproofing of exterior structure

 

Addition of a Full-Time Athletics Director

BSH will add a Full-Time Athletic Director position to run the athletics program, assist in athletics fundraising, and spearhead the creation of a lower school athletics program.  

New Practice Court, Weight Room, Athletics Director & Coaches Suite & Football Concessions | To be Located in the new Brower Student Center 

  • Practice court: lined for basketball and volleyball. Lower school and Middle school games could potentially be played here. PE classes will be held in this location.
  • Weight room 
  • Athletic Director and Coaches suite – to include the athletic director’s office, coaches’ space, PE office,  and film review area 

Football concessions will be run out of the new cafeteria kitchen 

Visual Arts  

New Upper School Visual Arts Center

BSH has a strong arts program and an established art history curriculum. To best support and grow our visual arts offerings, we are designing/constructing a New Visual Arts Center serving students in Upper School (grades 7-12). 

This building will be the new hub for the art program (currently, we use a classroom space). A new space designed with art in mind will allow for the program to grow, giving us much needed space for additions to the curriculum and an open, artful environment to foster creativity. We envision this as a space for advanced students to drop in and work on their projects as inspired without having to repeatedly put works-in-progress away for an incoming class. The space will also be able to accommodate upper school student art shows and receptions.  

  • 2664 sq ft new building  
  • Large windows 
  • Polished concrete floors 
  • Kiln
  • Pottery wheel
  • Art History space 
  • Critique and inspiration boards 
  • Large open workspace

New Lower School Art Room | To Be Located in the new Brower Student Center

Renovation plans include a Lower School art room to be located in the new Brower Student Center. This creative space will be designed specifically for younger art students, considering the art exploration journey that begins in junior kindergarten and runs through grade 6. The space will include lots of natural light, individual workstations, open collaboration areas, and display space. 

Performing Arts 

It is the mission of the BSH performing arts program to train, empower, and support the next generation of theater artists, public speakers and individuals as they engage audiences, engineer imagination and build up our community. School growth plans include the addition of a new black box theater.   

New Black Box Theater | To Be Located in the new Brower Student Center

This space will be an experimental venue in which the drama  department can rehearse and perform for smaller audiences. With a focus on expanding BSH’s after-school club offerings, this will allow students interested in the theater their own space to meet and hold rehearsals, without the scheduling conflicts of sharing the gym with the numerous athletic teams. A dedicated space for the drama  department will also allow us to add acting & performance as a high school class elective.

 

Here’s a FIRST LOOK at our plans and drawings for the new Visual Art Center. Click on slider image for larger view.

 

 

Knight’s Charge Priorities | Summer ’22, Target Completion Before School Begins Fall ’22

All projects listed below have a target completion date of Fall ’22. The bulk of this phase has been funded through the Brower Family grant with additional support from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and the BSH operating reserves.

New Visual Arts Center | $650,000

  • Design & construction of a new Visual Arts Center serving students in Upper School (grades 7-12). 
  • Highlights: 2664 sq. ft new building, large windows, polished concrete floors, kiln, pottery wheel, art history space, critique and inspiration boards, large open workspaces
  • Replaces three existing “temporary cottage buildings” which will be demolished

 

Parker Gymnasium Renovation | $625,000

  • Major renovations of Parker Gymnasium (main gym) 
  • Highlights: New roof, LED lighting throughout, fresh paint, new bleachers, renovated concession area, refreshed visitor locker room, sand, refinish and re-stripe the court, repaired insulation, and major carpentry repairs to gym subfloor

 

Library  Upgrade and Upgrade of 34 Classrooms Throughout Campus | $864,000

  • Library renovation includes installation of new LED lighting, flooring, custom bookcases, shelving and countertops, painting and an Early Learner/Lower School reading space 
  • Renovation of 34 classrooms.
  • Highlights: The classrooms will now receive a top to bottom renovation including new: LED lighting, flooring, paint, new doors with exterior power-washing of all school buildings

 

Front Office Area/Façade Upgrades | $36,000

  • Main Office Building upgrades: the main office area will receive a mini exterior and interior facelift to provide a fresh, warm space to welcome visitors. 
  • Exterior Front-of-School upgrades: additional window moldings, planters, and front door upgrades will make the building stand out from the others on campus. 
  • BSH Road Signage: the BSH sign at the entrance to school will also be power-washed and completed with blue stone caps.

 

Academic & Curriculum Enhancements | Upper School | $150,000

  • Dual Enrollment: college credit program for high school students for the subjects of Chemistry, English, History and Biology
    • Beginning in Fall ’22 school year, addition of DE classes in both Biology and History to the existing offering of DE Chemistry.
  • Complete Curriculum Review: In the summer of ’22 we will begin conducting curriculum reviews with current faculty to assess the progression of student learning, identify where enhancements can be made, and create a roadmap for all future instruction. Curriculum reviews will begin with the Math & Science departments. 
    •  Curriculum review for Math & Science departments complete by Fall ’22
  • Investment in BSH Faculty: Immediate increase to current teacher & staff compensation, ongoing efforts to attract highly qualified individuals and to hire additional teachers to support our growing enrollment

 

FIRST LOOK at plans and drawings for the new Student Center.  Click on slider image for larger view.

 

 

Knight’s Charge Priorities | Scheduled to Break Ground Fall ’22, Target Completion in 2023

Design & construction of a new 2-story Student Center is scheduled to break ground in late fall ’22. The building will be located at the site of the current Sullivan Gym which is scheduled for demolition in Fall ’22.  All projects have a target completion date of late 2023. This endeavor will be funded with a combination of moneys from the Brower Family, the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and through the Knight’s Charge Capital Campaign in partnership with Bishop Knestout’s “Learn to Lead” campaign.

New Student Center | Brower Student Center | $4 Million

  • Design & construction of a new Student Center to service all grades with additional needed Lower School classroom space, athletic practice space & coaches office suite, state-of-the art kitchen & cafeteria, football concessions service area/window, STEAM classroom, Lower School art classroom, black box theater and green screen studio and more.
  • Highlights:
    • Practice court: lined for basketball and volleyball. Lower school and Middle school games could potentially be played here. PE classes will be held in this location.
    • Weight room
    • Athletic Director and Coaches suite: to include the athletic director’s office, coaches’ and PE space, and film review area
    • 3 Lower School classroom spaces
    • Kitchen & Cafeteria: The new cafeteria will serve food over four lunches during the school day. The brand-new kitchen will not only serve our students but will be able to accommodate concessions and special events.
    • Football concessions will be run out of the new cafeteria kitchen
    • Bookstore: Our bookstore has had many homes over the years, and it will move one more time to a permanent space within the new Brower Student Center. In its new location it will be accessible during the school day and during sporting and after school events.
    • STEAM classroom: A new STEAM classroom will be built within the Brower Student Center. This space will allow students the opportunity to collaborate in both small groups and class groups and participate in cross-curricular activities in a state-of-the-art new space. Highlights of the STEAM space include: new 3D printers, greenhouse windows, robotics equipment, a variety of basic manipulative materials that invite creative thinking and problem-solving
    • Lower School art room: this creative space will be designed specifically for younger art students, considering the art exploration journey that begins in junior kindergarten and runs through grade 6. The space will include lots of natural light, individual workstations, open collaboration areas, and display space.
    • Black Box Theatre: this space will be an experimental venue in which the drama department can rehearse and perform for smaller audiences. With a focus on expanding BSH’s after school club offerings, this will allow students interested in the theater their own space to meet and hold rehearsals, without the scheduling conflicts of sharing the gym with the numerous athletic teams. A dedicated space for the drama department will also allow us to expand acting/performance as a high school class elective.
    • A Green Screen Studio: this studio space will allow our current journalism class to expand into producing live morning announcements and explore news production. The space will also be available for younger students to access through special studies within their grade level curriculum.

 

 

Academic & Curriculum Enhancements | Upper School | $100,000

  • Dual Enrollment Phase 2: college credit program for high school students (cont.)
    • Beginning in ’23-24 school year, addition of DE class in English
    • Beginning in ’24-25 school year, addition of DE class in Math
  • Add electives as enrollment grows and demand increases:
    • A Green Screen Studio will be added to the new Brower Student Center. This studio space will allow our current journalism class to expand into producing live morning announcements and explore news production. The space will also be available for younger students to access through special studies within their grade level curriculum.
    • Hire additional staff to support elective classes (as needed).

 

New Parking Lot Throughout Campus | $168,000 (in addition to a generous donation from the Claud Family)

Once Phase 2 construction is complete, new parking lots and pavement will be installed throughout campus. The bulk of the expense for this project is made possible by a generous donation from the Claud Family and Colony Construction.

Other Budgeted Initiatives |  $1,621,000

  • Equipment to support science, new art center, STEAM and more
  • Sidewalks, some new/some repairs
  • IT
  • Bus for athletics
  • A/C units for 9 Lower School Classrooms
  • Marketing & Project Management
  • Architect Fees
  • Miscellaneous

 

Knight’s Charge Priorities | 2024 and Beyond

Here’s a look at additional strategic initiatives & school improvements on our wishlist beyond the currently scheduled expansion and renovations.

  • Upper School Science Lab Upgrades
  • Upgrades & repairs to performing arts stage area in Parker Gym
  • Club 59 renovation, to include visitor locker room, laundry facilities, viewing box
  • Baseball & Softball field renovations
  • Tennis Court renovations

 

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