Future engineers, biologists, researchers, environmentalists, computer scientists, astronomers, and innovators sit in our classrooms every day at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy. Witnessing their creativity and curiosity energizes us in moving Ancillae forward and compels the Board of Trustees and Administration to plan for their future with commitment and resolve.

It is with passion and pride for our students that we launch Engineering Our Future: The Campaign for Ancillae-Assumpta Academy for a comprehensive renovation of our current Handmaid Center. Engineering Our Future is a $5.0 million campaign that concentrates on our strategic priorities - advancement in engineering, the sciences, and our Resource Learning Center. At Ancillae, we are committed to innovative and transformative teaching and learning to ignite the spark of ingenuity in our students. This campaign will provide the resources to fuel that spark and propel Ancillae into the future in learning spaces and educational programs.

We come to you at this critical juncture to make a difference in the lives of our students. The momentum of the campaign makes us proud. Help us to build that momentum and take up the challenge to further the mission and strategic vision of Ancillae by joining us in Engineering Our Future. By engaging in this campaign, you are cementing the pillars of innovation at AAA so that our students will meet their future with confidence.

Architect: John J. Di Benedetto and Associates 

Join the Engineering Our Future Campaign!

For more information about making a gift, pledging a gift, or getting involved in the campaign efforts, contact Debbie Sauter Giordano '72 in the Advacement Office at 215.885.1636 ext. 202.

Campaign Committee

Susan & Mike Holt
Cathy & Mike Cassidy

Kelly & Mason Avrigian
Megan & Steve Brennan
Matt Clark
Shannon & Chris ’89 Dominello
Natalie ’02 & Tom Elliott
Kathy & Peter Grim
Keyia & Brian Kersey
Heather & Danny Kovatich
Terry & Barbara McAuliffe
Megan & Bill McDonough
Maureen & John Mirabella
Lori & Adam Stefanowicz
Renae & Adam Stennett
Mary Cate ’02 & Todd Wampler
Lisa & Rich ’77 Vanni

Questions About the Campaign

What does the renovation include?

The planned renovation will include:

  • an Innovation Lab
  • three science laboratories and adjacent prep spaces
  • a digital production studio
  • six new Resource Learning instructional areas
  • patio space to further enhance the Academy’s existing Outdoor Classroom facilities

When will the renovation begin? When will the building open?

The Handmaid Center will begin renovation immediately following the end of school in June, 2019.  The project will take one year, and it is projected to welcome students in the 2020-2021 school year.

How much should I give?

All members of the Ancillae community are invited to support this campaign. We encourage those supporting the campaign to consider making a stretch gift by pledging their support over a multi-year period. We hope that every family will consider making a gift at a level meaningful to them.  Every gift is a valuable contribution to our $5 million campaign goal.

Is this in addition to our annual sustaining fund gift?

Yes, this initiative seeks gifts in addition to your yearly support of the Annual Sustaining Fund. The essential everyday needs of the operating budget, as supported by annual fund, do not disappear during a Capital Campaign. It's critical for the school to maintain a healthy Annual Sustaining Fund during the campaign.

What about commemorative and memorial opportunities?

We invite those interested in learning about available naming opportunities to contact Debbie Sauter Giordano '72, Director of Advancement, at dgiordano@ancillae.org or 215.885.1636 ext. 202.

Who is designing and constructing the building?

John J. Di Benedetto and Associates have designed the new Handmaid Innovation Center.  John is a faithful alumni parent and has worked with Ancillae on several other renovation projects.  He has earned several architectural awards for his design of our Stepping Stones Lobby.

McDonald Building Company, located in Norristown, PA, has been selected to complete the construction of the renovation.

Construction In Progress


Alumna Nance Dicciani Helps Launch Campaign for New Innovation Center

WYNCOTE, Pa., April 2, 2019 – Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, based in Wyncote, Pa. and sponsored by the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, has received a $1 million gift from Nance K. Dicciani, PhD, retired president and chief executive officer of the Specialty Materials Division, Honeywell International, Inc.  The gift – the largest in Ancillae-Assumpta Academy’s history – provides a foundation for the $5 million capital campaign, “Engineering Our Future”, including a complete renovation of the current Handmaid Center.  Ms. Dicciani is a 1965 graduate of Ancilla Domini Academy (ADA), the former girls’ high school also sponsored by The Handmaids.


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