The builder behind Blue Sky School in Kanata has submitted a zoning change request to the city.
Developer Modern Niagara Group Inc., a mechanical design company, has teamed up with the school’s founders Shauna Pollock and Karen Hill to build “an experimental prototype school of tomorrow” — a first of its kind in Canada.
“We found a partner who is in Kanata and they were able to help us with the space,” said Pollock, who has been teaching since 2005. “They’re helping us develop the actual physical school itself.”
The not-for-profit independent school is based on the “experimental prototype community of tomorrow” concept created by Walt Disney. Disney envisioned a city where the inhabitants would continually test the latest in technologies for companies — a real-world research and development lab.
“The space we have is really, really carefully designed to maximize differentiated learning in every possible way,” said Pollock, adding students who have already registered will have a helping hand in creating the spaces within the school.
The school would be located in an existing two-storey office building at 95 Denzil Doyle Crt. in the Kanata South Business Park. The application requests a change in zoning to allow Blue Sky School to lease 265 square metres of space within an existing building “for use as a private education centre.”
The school would occupy nine per cent of the existing office space and would accommodate 24 to 36 students in grades 7 and 8 with a focus on project-based learning, according to the application.
No changes to the exterior of the building have been proposed.
The Trans Canada Trail and single homes in Glen Cairn are located to the northwest of the property, with offices to the south.
A Montessori school is already located within the business park at 355 Michael Cowpland Dr.
Founders Pollock and Hill will host a town-hall meeting for potential students and parents to learn more about their vision for Blue Sky School on Wednesday, March 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Modern Niagara Innovation Centre, located at 95 Denzil Doyle Crt.
Public comments on the zoning amendment can be submitted to city planner Mary Dickinson by phoning 613-580-2424, ext. 13923 or emailing email@example.com. The city’s on-time decision date is set for May 23.
For more information on the application and to see submitted plans, visit Ottawa.ca/devapps.