Last month, the Board of Trustees visited Cate for the first Board Meeting of the year. Among the various exciting updates from all aspects of Cate life, I was able to tour the site of the ongoing construction project on campus, the Inquiry Collaborative.
This new facility is a testament to our dual commitment to preservation and innovation. The building has been designed to seamlessly blend with our campus’s natural beauty while housing a diverse array of academic and student support services that will boldly move our educational program forward. This summer, we received a $100,000 grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation thanks to a generous Cate family who provided the requisite $100,000 match to support our computational thinking initiative which will be housed in this new space. Like our nationally recognized Inquiry approach to teaching, this program will be integrated throughout our curriculum ensuring that students have the skills to embrace ambiguity and complexity in their lives beyond Cate.
In my first few months here, I have sat through countless exciting conversations about this building, and I’m excited to share highlights with you.t. The Inquiry Collaborative will house cutting-edge classrooms and collaborative spaces that will empower our faculty and students to use inquiry as way to integrate ideas across disciplines. Through exploring, questioning, and reflecting, students will forge their own path to discovery. It is a place where tradition and progress coexist harmoniously both in the physical space and in our pedagogy. Learn more about it from our faculty and students here:
Here are a few key features of the building that I hope you will find just as interesting as I do:
During Fall Family Weekend later this month, families will have an exclusive opportunity to tour the construction site and see the progress of the building. If you are a current parent of a Cate student and are interested in seeing the site while you are here in October, please contact the Advancement office.
Cate has a rich history embracing tradition and innovation and this new building is a physical manifestation of that enduring commitment. What I love most about Cate is that we believe meaningful connections between people and ideas are foundational to all we do and those values are on full display in this new space. Thanks to the stewardship of leaders and donors over the past decade, we are the beneficiaries of their vision. I feel honored to be stewarding the school at this dynamic time and I invite you to join me in delighting in the promise of this new space and chapter in Cate’s extraordinary history.