York Country Day School building STEAM Center

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – You can hear the sounds of progress outside York Country Day School. While crews were busy building Wednesday, students were busy signing one of the final steel beams that will make up the new two-story expansion at the private school.

Christina Heine is the 13th person and first woman to hold the position of Head of School at York Country Day. She also signed the beam.

“I wrote the names of all the former head of school, and it was a really special moment for me because our work is passed on to the next and on to the next,” Heine said. “I feel as though we have done this together even though they are not here.”

The school opened in 1953 and is now located on Regents Boulevard.

000013“It started with a graduating class of 13,” Heine said.

Now, there are more than 250 students and they will be part of a new exciting program called STEAM.

“Science, technology, engineering, arts and math,” Heine said. “We wanted their education to be extraordinary and relevant.”

“We are unique because we are the first to have a STEAM center. We have dedicated labs for robotics, media, video production, sound design, bionics that all of our students – from little ones to big ones – will use,” said Michelle Odell, head of middle and upper school.

000009“They will be making videos, composing their own music, building robots,” Heine said.

The centerpiece of the renovated school will be a living room with a fireplace.

“We gather, we share ideas and we feel like family, and that was one of the driving ideas of the building,” Heine said.

A $14.7 million expansion that will give students a unique place to learn.

“This will set them up for success because in the real world we are not divided in to English, history, and science. Everything is integrated. Students need to be able to be creative, good communicators, to be able to be connected to the whole world and this type of program gives them the skills to do that,” said Odell.

The school will be finished and dedicated in August.

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