Strategic Plan Gift Campaign
To make an even greater impact on students and faculty with two new community spaces, as well as strengthening our endowment to serve Convent & Stuart Hall students for generations to come, the school is in the midst of a major gift campaign. We thank those generous donors who have already pledged their support. Led by Trustees, we have already raised over $14 million in gifts toward a goal of $20 million. For more information, including naming opportunities, please contact Sarah Leffert at email@example.com or 415-345-5802.
Bold initiatives to transform spaces on the Broadway and Pine-Octavia campuses and build a robust, sustainable endowment to fund core needs and priorities, include:
Merlone Family Little Theater
Driven by a priority in the school’s strategic plan to match growth in the K–12 Performing Arts program with a reimagined space suitable for instrumental music and theatrical performances, the redesigned Merlone Family Little Theater, originally the ballroom of the Flood Mansion, provides a state-of-the-art creative learning environment for students and an entertainment venue for the community. Having a home in the renovated Merlone Family Little Theater affords students and faculty in the music and theater programs new and exciting performance opportunities and a smaller black box rehearsal space, complementing Syufy Theatre’s proscenium stage with a setting fit for hosting workshops, conferences and other non-traditional formats.
The Little Theater Launch Party
This event was livestreamed for the Convent & Stuart Hall community on April 23, 2021. You can watch a recording of the full program below or enjoy individual segments and performances.
Full Launch Party
Margaret Grace Hee
Bonnie Fraenza and Chauncey Aceret '06
The event also included musical and theatrical performances by students and faculty. To view a single performance, select it from the list below.
- "Mia and Sebastian's Theme" from La La Land by Bonnie Fraenza (faculty) and Chauncey Aceret (faculty)
- Monologue by Amelia Alton (Gr. 9)
- Monologue by AP Pang (Gr. 11)
- "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" by Áine (Gr. 5) and Chauncey Aceret (faculty)
- Monologue by Grace Stermer (Gr. 10)
- Monologue by Anya Hilpert (Gr. 12)
- "Rise Up" by Jennifer Surjadi (Gr. 11)
- Monologue by Sarah Rasic (Gr. 9)
- "On the Sunny Side of the Street" by Nyree (Gr. 7)
- "Blue Bossa" by the Jazz Quartet — Eon Kounalakis (Gr. 12), Konrad Lauterbach (Gr. 10), Reagan Calaguas (Gr. 9 ) and Matt Renzie (faculty)
- "City of Stars" from La La Land by Bonnie Fraenza (faculty) and Chauncey Aceret (faculty)
- Stuart Hall Grade 6 Bucket Band — Benjamin, Wyatt, Philip and Samuel
- "French Folk Song" by Áine (Gr. 5) and Chauncey Aceret
- "Homeword Bound" by Danny (Gr. 7), Alexander (Gr. 7), Sophia Wu (Gr. 10), Grace Renaud (faculty) and Amy Tan (faculty)
Morning Star First Floor
In spring 2020, the school expanded its community space on the Pine-Octavia campus by opening an innovative 3,500-square-foot full-service kitchen and dining area on the first floor of the historic Morning Star building. Capable of serving a large number of students, faculty and staff who enjoy the school’s all-inclusive lunch program, the expansive commercial kitchen allows SAGE, the school’s food service provider, to now deliver a high-quality dining experience on both campuses. The redesign also includes a complete makeover of the Columbus Assembly (the large open space adjacent to the kitchen) into a center for visual media, student collaboration and community events.
The school’s endowment — and the individual funds within it — provide a permanent revenue source for the operating budget and specific aspects of our facility enhancement, academic programming and other activities. From contributing to financial assistance and professional development budgets, to helping fund capital initiatives and honoring faculty and staff for their outstanding contributions, the endowment creates financial stability and essential support for the school’s mission and most pressing needs, now and in the future. As the second largest stream of non-tuition revenue, the endowment, which has grown to $33 million, plays an important role in keeping tuition increases low and helping us maintain our commitment to need-based financial assistance for our students.
For more information, including naming opportunities, please contact Sarah Leffert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-345-5802.