The Shirley Quadrivium Center:  Where Engineering, Science, Math, and Technology meet.

The School broke ground on this transformational STEM facility in June 2019, and on August 24, 2020, Hill School students and faculty opened the doors to a new chapter of STEM education at The Hill as they entered the Shirley Quadrivium Center for the first time. This $19 million project is one of the largest capital projects undertaken in School history.
In 2013, a committee of 10 faculty members began a 12-month journey to research and design a new Quadrivium Curriculum and center for STEM education.  Their journey took them across the country and back.  Their culminating vision for the future of STEM education at The Hill called upon the School to elevate our students' educational experience; to create a new curricular tradition that would teach students to work collaboratively and independently; to take greater responsibility for their education; and to be adaptive to new skills, knowledge, and habits of mind. 
During the next five years, The Hill entered the critical phase of  exploring design possibilities for a state-of-the-art building as well as implementing key curriculum changes in math and science and adding a multi-level engineering program to support this new vision for the future of a Quadrivium Curriculum at The Hill. 

The resulting stunning 45,000 square-foot facility incorporates a much-needed overhaul of both the Widener Science and Arts & Crafts Buildings; these iconic buildings are now seamlessly interlocked by a uniquely designed, signature engineering space and lab - the hub of the new Center.

We are thankful for the leadership support of our alumni, parents, and friends for making this transformational project possible for The Hill.

Meet the New Dean of the Shirley Quadrivium Center

A graduate of Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Biological Basis of Behavior), Jared Courtney recently completed his Ed.M. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University. Prior to coming to The Hill, he served as the Director of Advanced Science Research at Belmont Hill from 2010-2020. Jared is a highly experienced boarding school professional with 15 years serving as a science teacher, dorm parent, coach, adviser, and administrator. He and his wife, Dr. Maureen Courtney (an instructor of science and social sciences), reside in Senter Dormitory in Dell Village with their sons, Fitz, Pierce, and Lloyd.


The groundbreaking ceremony was held during Reunion Weekend on June 8, 2019.

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The Shirley Quadrivium Center opened its doors on August 24! 

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The building links the Widener Science and Arts and Crafts Buildings.

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