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As part of our commitment to fostering extensive hands-on learning, we’ve invested in best-in-class labs and facilities, where our students can put education into action. More than a few of these spaces are unparalleled in the region, but every one is designed to support and enrich the Gilmour educational experience as they deeply engage student interest and inspire a lifelong passion for learning.

The following labs and facilities are utilized in core, elective and independent study and are staffed by faculty with advanced degrees and relevant industry experience:

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  • Thomas More (Upper School) Library

    • The Upper School library is a center for research and tutoring, with robust hard copy and electronic resources, including access to select ABC-CLIO databases, which, in total, contain more than a million online textbooks.

    • Features: one-on-one research assistance; Gale/Cengage topical resource guides; laptops available for a temporary loan; and more
  • Math/Science/Humanities Labs

    • Housed in the Thomas More Library, labs are staffed by faculty throughout study hall periods for tutoring and homework help. All Gilmour teachers also maintain office hours until 4 p.m. for after-school assistance.

    • Features: Expert faculty staffing; opportunities for collaboration with other students for deeper learning; assistance in all classes within math, science and humanities departments
  • Lower School Library

    • The Lower School library is a colorful, fun and engaging environment designed to immerse students in the joy of learning, with soft spaces for uninterrupted reading, visiting author events, student-selected book awards and an attached 20-unit computer lab with the latest iMacs.

    • Features: More than 10,000 books, after-school tutoring, open walls that encourage casual visits, library skills training, end-of-year book sales, mobile “pop-up” library.
  • DNA & Genetics Research Lab

    • The only facility of its kind in a secondary school statewide, Gilmour Academy’s DNA and Genetics Research Lab offers the opportunity for authentic, in-house research internships—in which students contribute to the field of study with original discoveries of new knowledge—and hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment.

    • Lab open to students enrolled in Forensic Science or Molecular Genetics Research courses, or by permission of the department.

    • Features: University-standard equipment including PCR machine; best-practice techniques in maintaining sterile workstations; faculty oversight from former research scientist Dr. Edward Turk, Ph.D.; and more

    • For more information, contact Edward Turk, instructor in science.
  • Fabrication “Fab” Lab

    • The Gilmour Academy Fab Lab offers a space for aspiring engineers to try out industry-standard machinery such as CDC routers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and more.

    • For more information, contact Matthew Vanek, instructional technologist.
  • Digital Music Studio

    • Among the best in the state in terms of facility design, equipment and availability, Gilmour Academy’s digital music studio is completely upgraded every four years, offering students a rare opportunity to learn the tools and software used by music producers and sound engineering professionals.

    • Studio open to students enrolled in Digital Music I/II or Audio Engineering, or by permission of the department.

    • Features: Adobe suite; ProTools and Reason software; recording stations equipped with MIDI mixers, microphones, electronic keyboards and an audio interface; acoustic facility design; and more
  • Broadcast Journalism Studio

    • Students interested in broadcast journalism, including radio and television reporting and film production, receive hands-on training on industry-standard equipment. 

    • Studio open to students enrolled in Digital Media: News Production, or by permission of the department.

    • Features: Standard audio/visual components required for multi-camera filming and editing; seamless green screen; live, public-facing recording and broadcasting projects; and more
  • Computer Science Lab

    • Gilmour Academy’s computer science lab is equipped with the latest generation desktop computers loaded with best-in-class development tools and accessories. Here, students learn not only programming and digital design skills, but also agile software development, video game design, version control, information security and robotics and engineering automation.
    • Lab open to students enrolled in Computer Science I/II, AP Computer Science A, Digital Art and more, or by permission of the department.
    • Features: Gigabit fiber internet connection; two virtual reality sets running on high-end gaming machines; robust software including but not limited to Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Visual Studio; Unity and GameMaker Studio; detached Cisco teleconferencing room; and more
    • For more information, contact Daniel Adiletta, coordinator of educational technology, instructor in computer science.
  • Cisco Teleconferencing Room

    • Our state-of-the-art teleconferencing room offers segmented space for virtual conferencing, interviews and more, outfitted with the latest communication technologies and supported for seamless, interruption-free productivity.

    • Facility available by reservation.

    • Features: 3 high-definition cameras, seamless 4K video exchange, microphone array with proximity sensors, 72-inch flat-screen TV, and more.
  • Sports Medicine Training Room

    • With one of the only full-time, in-house athletic trainers in the state, students interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine—or student-athletes requiring mild to moderate medical attention—don’t need to leave campus to experience the latest techniques for injury recovery and performance enhancement techniques.

    • Features: Equipment includes but is not limited to electro stimulation, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, and ice and compression units. Faculty trainers hold advanced degrees and certifications in sports medicine.

    • For more information, contact Kara Santana, athletic trainer.
  • Strength & Conditioning / Weight Room

    Strength and Conditioning Coach Lawrence Wynn became Gilmour's Head Coach in the summer of 2022, when he joined us from from Archbishop Hoban High School, where he spent six years. Coach Wynn earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Akron. He is passionate about developing the whole person and wants to give student- athletes the tools they need to become better athletes and even better people by the time they graduate.

    Coach Wynn believes in creating a welcoming environment, saying "The weight room is the one place where everyone is accepted and share a common goal and that is to get better.”
  • Visual Arts Studios

    Gilmour Academy has several spaces utilized for the study and display/performance of fine arts. 
    • Features: Large, light-filled art studio classroom; photo studio with two wet dark rooms for digital and film photo processing; multiple gallery and display spaces; three sound-proof digital music practice rooms; and more
  • Lorraine & Bill Dodero Center for the Performing Arts

Outdoor Learning Spaces

Gilmour Academy’s 144-acre campus provides ample opportunities to immerse in the natural world. Students at all grade levels will participate in a variety of activities that will expand their awareness, understanding and appreciation of the natural attributes of their surroundings at the school and beyond. The newest project underway will add a greenhouse, apiary and a variety of gardens that will serve academic, interdisciplinary and social responsibility purposes.

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  • The Cedar Hill Farm Project

    Before it was a school, Gilmour Academy’s 144-acre campus was originally part of the Drury family’s property called Cedar Hill Farm. View historical photos from the 1930s. Our 2,500-square-foot garden offers students the opportunity to get their hands dirty and get in touch with Gilmour’s ‘roots!’
    Lower School classroom gardeners will grow starter plants for the Giving Garden, manage the habitat for local pollinators, including bees and monarch butterflies, and create solutions for low-lying wet areas around campus with rain gardens. Upper School students will run the “Giving Garden,” which will grow fresh vegetables to be donated to local food pantries to help alleviate food deserts in Cleveland.
    Twelve raised beds and six elevated planters will engage students in out-of-the-box, hands-on learning through interdisciplinary-minded plantings (e.g. dyes for art and Three Sisters for history), scientific investigation opportunities and potential research collaborations with local institutions.
  • Greenhouse

    A new greenhouse and multipurpose building lies nestled near the Lower School, the home base for a variety of garden activities. Potting soil and seeds provide starters for the Giving Garden and greens for the chickens. Lower School students help plant the raised beds, which grow vegetables to be distributed to surrounding communities in need of fresh produce. The multipurpose building houses all things needed for beekeeping, such as protective gear and hive box necessities. It is also a field station full of science equipment for nature exploration, including microscopes, magnifiers, field guides and water and soil testing kits and tools.
  • Outdoor Classroom

    A mature beech maple forest laced with edge habitats, ponds and a variety of gardens will provide the palette for naturally interdisciplinary outdoor learning on Gilmour’s 144-acre campus. Blooming wildflowers, slippery salamanders, singing birds, burnished fall leaves and glittering snowflakes will march us through a year of wonder and discovery.
  • Chicken Coop, a.k.a. "Gilmour's Girls"

    Another Cedar Hill Farm Project, students at the Lower School will tend to “Gilmour’s Girls” (a coop of heritage breed hens), with the hope of gathering their colorful eggs (blue, brown and green) and perhaps learning a bit about animal husbandry and the value of retaining genetic diversity in domesticated animals.
  • Apiary Project (The Bee Project)

    Busy hives of Italian bees provide pollinators for the Giving Garden and beyond, as well as golden honey for everyone's enjoyment. The newly planted Pollinator Garden will support these and other important local native pollinators as well.
  • Trout Project

    The third and fourth graders raised rainbow trout in their classrooms this spring, after receiving the trout eggs in January. They were responsible for testing the water chemistry daily, cleaning the tank weekly and feeding the trout. With the ODH's Order to Stay Home, the classes were no longer able to care for the trout on campus and, thus, Mrs. Stefanski released them into the Chagrin River, their natural habitat late March. Enjoy these pictures and video from the release!
  • St. Mary’s Lake

    St. Mary’s acre of life-sustaining water and a smaller pond at the Lower School provide the opportunity to investigate the microscopic plant and animal life indigenous to lakes and ponds. Pond, stream and lake study rounds out the concept of watersheds as we extrapolate learning on campus to life on the edge of the Great Lakes.
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