At St. Agnes, we understand the importance of gathering as one. Whether it's celebrating Mass together, watching an Academy tradition like Madonna Day, or cheering on our performers during a great show—we want to offer this experience to all of our community. Together.

Our campus opened with a student body of 400. Today, our student community numbers more than 900. Our auditorium has a limited capacity to serve current and future needs for Mass, assemblies, and performing arts. Space and code issues present us with limitations on school-wide gatherings. 

The construction of our new Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. Hall, named for an alum, by an alum, will benefit each student on our campus. With this 1,300 seat multi-purpose venue, all can comfortably participate in the rich traditions of becoming Academy women, along with their family and friends. Our approximately 300-seat Maureen O'Gara Hackett Balcony will double as a critical meeting space for students, faculty/staff, and parents. 

Though we've outgrown our existing auditorium for its current purpose, we understand the value of preservation by utilizing existing space and materials in line with our mission. Transforming the current auditorium into our Student Commons is an exciting step in our big plan. 


Overview

Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. Hall

Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P.

St. Agnes is delighted to have our new assembly and performance hall named for our Head of School, Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. A graduate of St. Agnes Academy, Sr. Jane returned to her alma mater as principal in 1981 and has served as Head of School since 1997. Sr. Jane has paved the way for our current science program. Today, our Academy women can fulfill all of their science credits on our campus. She instituted our campus ministry program, created an annual retreat program, and instilled the Dominican ideal of service through our Servant Leadership program for all students. And of course, she brought the uniform policy, allowing our students to focus on education and not status. These are just a few highlights. Through her leadership, our campus has seen incredible growth through a thriving philanthropy program and a strong leadership team. Sr. Jane continues to inspire the mission and vision of the Academy while ensuring faith development and academic excellence for more than 900 Academy women each year.
    • Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. Assembly and Performance Hall

      Sr. Jane Meyer, O.P. Assembly and Performance Hall

The size of our current stage not only limits our theatrical performances but those of our dance teams as well. Our new Veritas Stage will provide a larger canvas for our artists to get creative. 

With your support, this new venue will make a significant impact on our performing arts curriculum, allowing for expanded and improved programs in high-demand areas such as set design, light design, sound design, and summer theater.

The plan calls for three additional voice studios, allowing for more participation in private lessons. This will give our choirs a space to prepare for All-State, practice a solo piece, or rehearse for an audition. With more Academy women qualifying for All-State than any other school in Texas, year after year, this will be a welcome change for a powerful program.


I believe access to and ownership of a space such as this will
offer the students a sense of confidence and pride that they will carry
with them into their professional lives.
—Jewell Handy '88, Theater Arts Director