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Serra Catholic School breaks ground on new chapel, student center

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA The master development plan for St. Junipero Serra School is nearing completion as school officials and The Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s incoming chapel and two-story student creation center, Monday morning.

The $9 million project will bring the two new buildings to complete the Antonio Parkway campus. The Master Development plan for the school was proposed for 15 years.

The chapel is completely funded by donations, while the Student Creation Center is funded through a combination of donations and municipal bonds, said Angeline Trudell, president of the institution.

“What I’m most excited about is this is the culmination of our beliefs and academic excellence,” Trudell said. “We’ll have them together in one place.”

The St. Serra Chapel will sit on the northwest side of the campus and the Student Creation Center will sit on the north side of the campus, backing up behind the chapel. The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2018.

It is the final phase of projects at the Catholic school, which hosts approximately 1,000 students from preschool through eighth grade. It takes students from four parishes: St. Kilian in Mission Viejo, San Francisco Solano in Rancho Santa Margarita, Santiago de Compostela in Lake Forest and Holy Trinity in Ladera Ranch.

The first project, completed in 2004, included the 48,000 square-foot Primary Education Building. A two-story, three-winged classroom building and Student Activity Center represented the second phase in 2009.

The Student Creation Center will be an educational space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics learning and will provide students with multiple features, including a space for building, a performance and production studio and a think room, among others.

The second floor of the two-story building will house administration services and a volunteer parent hub.


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