Building the Future
Building the Future Updates
Since 2015, support from donors like you has enabled us to purchase our current campus, remodel the front entrance, create a much-needed front parking lot and construct new classroom space. Donor giving also made it possible for us to renovate the gymnasium.
Our next step is to construct a $4.1 million, two-story, 10-classroom Upper School building in the campus courtyard. This new building allows us to strengthen campus security by reducing student movement outdoors, increase campus parking, optimize learning spaces, and finally, allow our facilities to start reflecting the quality of our community and curriculum.
Pictured above is Phase One of the proposed new Upper School building. The official groundbreaking ceremony was held June 26, 2023. We are grateful to all our generous donors who continue to help us reach our goal to be fully funded. Find out more about our SBS Cornerstone campaign, contact Director of Advancement Elexcia Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first floor interior framing is complete.
- The exterior framing and second floor framing is in progress.
- Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins have begun.
- Masonry is scheduled to begin by February.
The building foundation and concrete pad was finished in early November.
- The elevator shaft has been constructed and the teel structure framing is nearing completion, and the roof is being installed.
- The second floor concrete should be poured and finished by the end of December.
The building foundation and concrete pad will be poured at the end of the month.
- The sewer line tie-in across the parking lot from Goose Creek should be completed over the next few weeks.
- The erecting of the steel structures should begin during the first week of November.
Sitework is near completion; running the sewer lines across the parking lot is the last step.
Concrete pouring for foundation and footings should begin at the end of September.
Delivery of metal prefabricated building panels should arrive at the end of September.
- Started on the building foundation August 7.
- Started the utilities trenching on August 8 and will continue until the 2nd week of September.
- The retention pond was completed on August 8.
- Due to unforeseen underground utilities placement, summer activities were disrupted on campus and building plans had to be reengineered and permits resubmitted. As of July 21st sitework permits have been approved by the city.
- Due to manufacturer’s delay, the metal fabricated panels needed for the building project have been pushed back from their original July delivery date to an ETA of mid-September.
- StoneBridge School administrative leaders broke ground on a 13,000-square foot Upper School building, Monday June 26, surrounded by representatives from TowneBank, the Chesapeake City Council, Core 22 Design Build, and several members of the StoneBridge School community. Read more here.
PROGRESS IN PICTURES
It all started as a one-year adventure in education. A group of mothers was seeking a different kind of Christian education for their children that would place God’s Word at the center of each subject and would enable each child to attain the fullest expression of their value in Christ. Today, the journey continues as StoneBridge School celebrates its 40th anniversary.
In the summer of 1980, Dr. Carole Adams and several teachers, who were also praying mothers, began to form a vision of a school that would educate the heart of each child using the Principle Approach® educational philosophy and methodology. That fall, they began instruction with tutorials with four teachers and 31 children in grades 1st through 10th in the basement of Dr. Adams’ home in Chesapeake’s StoneBridge Landing. These students started their morning with prayer and devotions and ended the afternoons with art and tea. The teachers taught history, geography, literature, English, mathematics, science, reading, and art all through the lens of scripture and biblical principles. Their work became what is now called the Noah Plan Curriculum. Three months after its inception, Stonebridge School moved out of Dr. Adams basement into a church in Portsmouth.
As this one-year homeschooling experiment concluded, students and parents realized they wanted StoneBridge to continue. The next year, the school moved to a real estate office in Churchland. By year three, ground was broken for the school’s first building on Portsmouth Blvd.
By the end of the first decade, SBS entered its governance phase. Dr. Adams established a constitution, formed an advisory board and hired the first administrators. In 1991, the school had a board of directors and an entire Upper School at our current location on Jolliff Road.
The school continued to grow through the 1990s and 2000s as more Tidewater families sought to educate their children through the Principle Approach® method. In 2011, StoneBridge consolidated the Lower School to our present-day campus. And in 2015, the school purchased this property from the church they had been renting from for more than 25 years.
Today, Dr. Adam’s “one-year adventure in education” has morphed into an enrollment of close to 450 students with room still to grow.