• Let's Build This Together

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Let's Build This Together

This campaign aims to pave the path in PreK-20 education, particularly in STEM and Research, providing a blueprint on how to reengineer education by scaling our proven platform throughout our state and nation.



Let's Build This Together is the first campaign of its kind in the 50-year history of A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School. The school broke ground in the spring of 2021 to rebuild our outdated facilities and replace them with state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms embedded with 21st Century technology and resources. We can no longer build the education of tomorrow with the facilities of yesterday. We look forward to our grand opening in August 2022.

Welcome to an era of unprecedented expansion for A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School as we are leading the national charge in education re-design. Since 1968, we have cultivated a developmental research school model dedicated to innovation, technology, research, and discovery, making great strides for students in South Florida. However, today, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment in education, where the long-term success of our country depends on our public-school system and the quality of learning it can inspire. As an incubator for the STEM workforce and researchers of tomorrow, we are a driving force for social mobility and economic development. Our reimagined campus and tried and proven educational platforms will be the blueprint on how to reshape education in America.

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Phase i

Phase one includes building a two-story, cutting-edge K-8 school and a multi-use athletic complex. Home to The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies and our FAU High Research Program, activities within the STEM campus will be dedicated to solving some of our most complex societal challenges from cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, to alternative fuel vehicles and curing diseases. Equipped with the latest educational resources and technologies, this extraordinary STEM campus will be diverse in its impact, inspiring and developing students from preschool to Ph.D., providing discovery through high-tech and high-touch learning environments, housing our world-class curricula.

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Flexible-use, high-tech classrooms

Unleashing the unbridled ambition of our students starts with giving them spaces to be creative — and places to call theirs. Withthis state-of-the-art K-8 building, we can expand and modernize our campus to match our world-class curricula. Our classrooms will be embedded with the latest educational resources and 21st Century technologies and encourage discovery through high-tech, high-touch learning environments that give our children access to extraordinary opportunities – to learn, play, explore, and grow.

Wet and dry science laboratories

Few places can affirm our passion for inquiry and our imagination better than well prepared, fully-functional teaching laboratories. These facilities will be constructed to bring the school’s science facilities into the 21st century, as well as allow us to impact the future for the next 50 years. The new facility will include state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment for organic and synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, microbiology, immunology, bioinformatics, robotics, alternative fuel and unmanned vehicles.

A media and digital arts center

With a digital media production lab, this building will inspire the imagination as ideas come to life through conventional — and unconventional — media, including animatronics, spatial augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D printing labs.

Open flex-spaces for students to meet, collaborate, study, and relax


Specialty STEM and STEAM areas for robotics, aqua-science exploration, and artistic expression


Indoor and outdoor dining


Outdoor environmental learning and leisure areas

The Everglades and surrounding natural area are a national treasure. In order to protect this treasure, we must educate generations to come. The best way to do this is to create a lab space that provides multiple opportunities to discover this treasured environment and the lessons learned in the multiple fields of science and research such as plant ecology, population and conservation genetics, environmental geophysics, and biogeography.

A state-of-the art athletics facility with a multi-use gymnasium, Hall of Fame, fitness center, training center and locker rooms.

We are leveling up competition in both athletics and science, and this multi-use, community-focused facility willhasten our trajectory. This new arena will host a multitude of local, state and national STEM competitions, in additionto making space for our physical education, recreational and team sports activities.


Phase ii

Phase two will complete the build out of our innovative, PreK-20 STEM campus – the only of its kind in the world – helping our lab school district reach its goal of becoming the STEM Hub of The South. This second phase includes:

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State-of-the-art STEM Center

A state-of-the-art STEM Center to house The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies. This multipurpose STEM facility will include an auditorium, classrooms, laboratories, and maker spaces. The STEM Center will feature robotics, underwater robotics, alternative fuel vehicles, drones, and much more.

Biodesign Institute

A Biodesign Institute. Expanding our Owls Imaging Lab: This one-of-a-kind lab strengthens the basic science and bench-to-bedside knowledge that beget breakthroughs. Expanding its footprint will advance transformative science. A key feature will be the Institute for Biodesign, which will serve as a platform to increase science and mathematics scores and fill a void in middle and high school curriculum. The Institute will capitalize on our state’s thriving biotechnology industry and create a world-class research talent pipeline, right here in Florida.

Aqua Science Center

Building an Aqua Science Center: This new pool will be used for physical education and K-8 swimming programs, and the center will host international underwater robotics competitions for SeaPerch and MATE.

District Training

Advancing teacher development in STEM: Our retrofitted “district” facility will become a partnering branch of The Stiles-Nicholson STEM Teacher Academy. This facility and program will empower educators with the skills and resources they need to become our state and nation’s most effective STEM educators, engaging students in deep thinking and sparking their entrepreneurial spirit.

Outdoor Athletic Complex

An outdoor athletic complex. This will include a synthetic turf track built around a new synthetic turf soccer field. Plans include space for practice facilities for golf as well.


Phase iii

Phase three will complete the capital campaign. This phase will focus on the arts as we build an innovative Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

Humanity’s heart, soul, passion, and compassion is rooted in the arts. This new center will be the community’s crown jewel for performing arts, lectures, film, and special events. With a digital media production lab, this building will inspire the imagination as ideas come to life through conventional — and unconventional — media, including animatronics, spatial augmented reality, virtual reality, and 3D printing labs. With dedicated space for chorus, dance, and theatre, we can expand our artistic impact on our campus, and our community, while making room for new endeavors, including a television production workshop.


A.D. & Lucy Henderson tribute & School history

Alexander D. Henderson University School is a public elementary and middle school on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Founded over 50 years ago as a Development Research School, A.D. Henderson provided the foundation for research and discovery in the field of education in partnership with the University. Today, that foundation is consistently built upon and improved by teachers, parents, and students.

In 1966, Florida Atlantic University broke ground to construct the new development and research School with a gift of $750,000 by Lucy E. Henderson in memory of her late husband, Alexander D. Henderson. The original facility consisted of classrooms, a cafetorium, kitchen, and a library. In 2003, the school expanded the number of classes per grade to increase its capacity by 132 students. In 2004, Florida Atlantic University launched FAU High School with seven students to further connect students to the collegiate experience.

Today, FAU High School’s enrollment exceed 600 students, while A.D. Henderson University School is home to over 500 students annually.


Contact & how to support

FAU’s A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School have made great strides for our state, and we’re ready to take ambitious steps forward for our country. We start by building a state-of-the-art campus that matches our world-class educational model. We will show partner schools and school districts from across the globe how to build the school of the future and our programs will provide the drastic changes that public education in America demands.

YOU can converge philanthropy with possibility to unbridle this new era of excellence and help us reshape education in our country.




Director of External Affairs

A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School

tel: 310.704.0927

email: mzitzmann@fau.edu