Our Future Home
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
This beautiful campus was built in 1914 as St. Joseph's Seminary, commissioned and operated by Vincetian Fathers. Around 2010, the campus was converted to become the home for several day schools. Wilberforce rented part of the property from the fall of 2011 till spring of 2014. We will occupy three floors within the main building campus to accommodate our current and growing student population.
- Why are we moving?
- When are we moving?
- What sports will we have at 75 Mapleton?
- How much work needs to be done to prepare the building for our school?
- Can we have a tour inside the new building?
- Will the school need to increase tuition more than usual because of this new property?
- What are Wilberforce’s growth plans?
- How are we going to pay for the renovation?
- Will drop-off and pick-up hours change?
- Is it possible to have a bus service?
- Will Lower, Middle, and Upper School be in the same building?
- What are the plans for the gym space?
- Where will the students play outside on the property?
- How can parents help in the transition?
- Are there any new, exciting spaces planned for the new school?
- What will happen with lunch? Any possibility of a cafeteria or vending machine?
- The capital needed for the base renovation has all been provided by the donations of parents, grandparents and friends!
- Please join us in giving thanks to God who has prompted so many to give so generously to help us secure a long-term home.
- We will have needs that are not yet covered: renovations to the gym basement, reconditioning the soccer field, moving costs, furniture, science lab equipment, and the like. We will be posting a “moving registry” so that people can help us purchase these items we need.
- It is likely that Princeton will provide a bus. (We had a bus at 75 Mapleton before, with fewer students.) Other townships may provide a bus as well. We will know more during the summer of our move.
- We would like to buy a Wilberforce Bus, both for athletics and for morning and afternoon transportation.
- We have arranged busing in the past - we need 12-15 students in the same area to make it work. Please let us know if you are interested and your town of residence.
We will have a 45,000 square foot building with four floors at the new campus (compared to 21,000 square feet at 99 Clarksville Road). The Lower School will be on the first floor, Middle School on the second floor and Upper School primarily on the third floor. The ground floor is for future expansion.
- Pray for the school in the planning and construction decisions.
- Continue to channel any questions to Dayle Edwards at the front desk.
- Support admissions and make referrals to grow the school.
- Remember the school with donations.
- Help transport children of parents who can’t get their kids to the school.
There will be two multi-purpose rooms. Both rooms are gorgeous with large bay windows and wood floors. We are planning for a beautiful art room and science lab rooms. The third floor has special spaces with dormer windows and gathering areas. Occupying more floors allows us to dedicate whole spaces for separate Middle and Upper School uses. Unlike 99 Clarksville, Middle-Upper School students will have their own lunch room.