Catholic Memorial School
Center for Integrated and Applied Learning
West Roxbury, MA
The Center for Integrated and Applied Learning (CIAL) will be Catholic Memorial School’s hub for hands-on, project based learning. Envisioned as a series of flexible, interdisciplinary studio spaces, the CIAL is a new type of learning environment that fosters exploration, team-based activities and the development of a range of STEAM skills.
The CIAL will occupy an existing 8,000 sf former residential wing of the school. It includes a Digital Studio that supports the development of digital content, coding and production of audio and visual content. A Wet Lab/Art Studio supports a wide range of STEAM activities and a Build and Create Studio is where students can test ideas, develop prototypes and understand the iterative nature of the design process. To encourage teacher/student interaction, faculty work areas and common meeting spaces will be distributed among the studio spaces. The renovation includes a redesign of the school’s Spring Street facade to create a contemporary image with a street presence that is reflective of the studio activities within. Currently in design, the CIAL will open in 2020.