A New High School Science Center
ACS is embarking on building new and modern High School science labs to become the most exemplary and high-tech high school science center in Lebanon.
Three spacious and versatile new labs, three science classrooms, and a science office will each be able to accommodate Chemistry, Physics, and Biology classes and will be more conducive for in-lab teaching and demonstrating experiments in front of students.
The new science facilities will also support and provide the needed lab space for a new addition to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, in which students are each required to complete an ongoing personal lab investigation.
ACS is embarking on moving, redesigning, and modernizing the High School science labs into the most exemplary and high-tech high school science center in Lebanon. Currently, three labs are situated in the basement of the middle school building. They are small and space is very tight. Plus, each lab is only suitable for one discipline, either Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. Due to these limitations, classes are commonly taught in the classrooms on the third floor of the building; the labs are reserved and used only periodically.
The Science Department faculty members have been actively involved in the design of our new science center and have been working closely with a firm that specializes in lab design. We will end up with three spacious and versatile new labs, three science classrooms, and a science office. The new labs will each be designed to accommodate all three of the science disciplines and will be more conducive for teaching classes and demonstrating experiments in front of students. The science center will be constructed in the BD, where the fifth grade rooms used to reside; thereby connecting the High School science labs and classrooms to the rest of the Upper School classes in the BD.
Another important facet of our new science facilities will be to support a change in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program that began in the Fall semester of 2014, where IB students are now each required to complete a personal lab investigation. The IB lab program has been very successful for ACS, as alumni have consistently returned to ACS to tell their teachers that they were exceptionally prepared for university. Dania Maaliki, Science Department Head and IB chemistry teacher; sites a recent story in which a former IB student, Danny Haddad ’11, told her, “Your course was the one that prepared us best for university because you challenged us and at the same time you made us become more independent, but you also were there to support us.” As many ACS students go on to pursue sciences in their careers in Lebanon and abroad, our science program seems to be the breeding ground. Maaliki and her team are committed to ensure that the ground remains fertile, and with enhanced facilities that is sure to be the case.