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Barrett Science Center

The 2020-21 academic year kicked off with a brand new space on the fourth floor of Xavier Hall.

Thanks to a generous $2.5 million gift from Dr. M. James '60 and April P. Barrett, Prep proceeded to renovate the former science rooms into a  create the new Dr. M. James '60 and April P. Barrett Science Center.

This new wing of Fairfield Prep includes state-of-the-art science suites combining classroom teaching with laboratory experiments in the subjects of biology and chemistry.

“Fairfield Prep provided an exceptional foundation for my early education. My wife, April, and myself are delighted to give back to a community that we strongly believe in."

Dr. M. James ’Barrett '60

The new space allows for greater hands-on experiences and opportunities for our students. Learning will extend beyond the classroom, as the corridors will be active places with common/breakout areas for collaboration.

The renovated space will have a similar appearance as the McLeod Innovation Center, which is coming to the ground floor of Xavier in Spring 2021.

“The impact of this project positions Fairfield Prep to build science suites that will allow our students with ready access to materials, space, and opportunities to learn through hands-on experience and discovery. We are incredibly grateful for the Barrett’s support,” said former Prep President Rev. Thomas Simisky, S.J.

“All great schools thrive thanks to support from people like the Barretts and McLeods. Prep’s alumni are a dedicated and philanthropic group, which is a reflection of the outstanding work we do every day. This investment in Prep’s future advances our mission for generations to come.”- Robert Cottle, VP of Advancement at Fairfield Prep

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