LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - After a big announcement, Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach is celebrating plans for expansion.
In a sixth grade science class at the school, students sat in on a lesson about air pressure. Each of them toyed with syringes and water bottles to create tension, fully involved in a hands-on physics demonstration.
Coast Episcopal hopes to foster that upfront approach through a new Makerspace.
“There’s going to be 3D printers, and there’s going to be a lot of space, and we’re going to be doing a lot of cool activities in it," said 6th grader Reese Miller.
School leaders say the Makerspace will let students apply their knowledge and develop interests on their own.
“They have to actually build and construct, and that can be from duct tape and cardboard all the way up to robotics," said Head of School Daren Houck.
Coast Episcopal also announced plans to build a new middle school and serve students Kindergarten to 8th grade. It was finalized after the school’s board of trustees passed a proposal in December 2018.
Author and alumnus Jesmyn Ward was invited to deliver the school’s mission, “to inspire students to imagine."
Ward said, "That curriculum and that way of learning will really be instrumental in leading students to their passions.”
Sarah Taylor has attended Coast Episcopal since she was a toddler. She says she’s happy for the chance to grow with the school.
“I’m excited to try it out and see if it’s fun, and I know it will be, and to be with my friends another year instead of having to split up,” she said.
Houck stresses that interactive concepts will become more prominent in the school’s curriculum as the campus expands.
“Students already learn through thematic learning very project-based, hands on. We’re just going to continue that at a higher academic level," he said.
The first class of middle school students will start class at Coast Episcopal this fall.