A French public school in Kanata will welcome Grade 9 students in the 2013-14 school year.
Maurice-Lapointe French public school in Bridlewood announced on Jan. 31 it would add the new grade to its school community, as well as five new classrooms.
The school is “very happy to be able to offer francophone families in the Kanata region an exceptional French-language learning environment for their children,” said Édith Dumont, director of education and secretary-treasurer of the French public school board in eastern Ontario in a news release.
“This is excellent news for the school community in Kanata,” added Amine Aïdouni, principal of Maurice-Lapointe. “With dedicated, experienced staff and excellent results among our students … our school is ready to grow and to welcome new students and new teachers.”
Maurice-Lapointe opened its doors in 2011 and currently serves junior kindergarten to Grade 8 students.
When it opened, former principal Dale McLellan said the school had plans to build an addition onto the existing structure within the next few years to house grades 9 to 12 students.
“This expansion project is part of the (school board’s) capital plan and long-term vision for its facilities,” said Gilles Fournier, chairman of the French public board.
The last phase of construction, which will bring grades 10 to 12 students into the school, is set to be completed in time for the start of the 2014-15 school year.
The school’s facilities will include a double gymnasium with hardwood floors, classrooms with integrated technology – including interactive whiteboards and iPad tablets – and biology, chemistry and physics labs “on the cutting edge of technology.”
School bus transportation will be provided for Grade 9 students living in the attendance boundaries for Michaëlle-Jean (in Barrhaven), Kanata (in Morgan’s Grant), and Maurice-Lapointe elementary schools, except for those within walking distance of the Bridlewood school.
The French public board saw a 4.5 per cent increase in its number of students in the past year, added Fournier.
“We have seen a significant increase in the size of our student body in recent years,” he said. “And we are committed to keeping step with this trend and meeting the expectations and needs of the school communities we serve.”