Seaside Neighborhood School expanding into Alys Beach

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 03:58 PM.

Comer has donated a parcel of land on which to build the school, which is set to open its doors to the first students within two years.

“We’re hoping to open fall of 2014,” said Brubaker. “They’re just now beginning a capital campaign to raise money for the building.”

The new campus of Seaside Neighborhood School will offer students the same curriculum that has made SNS a world-class educational center. The main difference will be the age of the students.

“We will be including a lot of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program; that’s going to be a major focus,” said Brubaker. She then added that students will be able to take part in a notable part of the SNS STEM program: “They’ll have a robotics program beginning in elementary.”

Brubaker said the program will be adapted for the younger set with the use of Legos for robot construction.

Enrichment will extend past science and technology, however, with a foreign language curriculum that will begin in kindergarten. The hope, said Brubaker, is that the students will leave the school with the ability to travel and speak another language.

Each grade level will be composed of a single class, much like the original campus, to ensure each student receives personal attention.

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