IMAGE SUBMITTED SCHOOL PLANS The building for the new Unisus International School in Summerland will undergo renovations and upgrades. The school, on Pierre Drive, is scheduled to open its doors in September.

Parents meet with private school officials

New school in Summerland expected to open in September

Interested parents have been meeting with officials at a new private school which is expected to open in Summerland in fall.

Cindy Leung, operations director at Unisus International School, said parents were at meetings with school officials on Sunday and Monday.

These include parents eager to enrol their children and families seeking more information before making a decision on whether to send their children to the private school.

She said the school, at the location of the former Glenfir School on Pierre Drive, expects to have 30 international students in its first school year and 150 students in the lower grades.

Leung added that 80 to 100 students from the area are expected to attend.

Teachers are also being hired for the new school, and a head of school will be announced soon.

“Some teachers from there area are interested in making this happen,” she said.

The school will follow the International Baccalaureate program when it opens.

Worldwide, there are 4,655 schools offering the International Baccalaureate program, including six in British Columbia. None of the B.C. schools offers boarding. Only three International Baccalaureate schools in North America, and only one in Canada, provide boarding.

A dormitory will be constructed on the seven-hectare property to house international students. The three-storey building will have 22 units per floor. Leung expects it will be completed before September.

In addition to building the dormitory, Leung said the new school will also make changes to the building, reconfiguring the administration offices, adding a dining area and making technological changes to the building.

The dining hall will be a multi-purpose space for project meetings and assemblies will be held.

Technological upgrades will include fibre optics throughout the new and existing facility, new servers and network and new labs.

The administration offices will be moved to the second level of the dining hall and the classroom area will be reconfigured.

The Glenfir School building was constructed in 1996 and expanded in 2006. Today, the building has an area of 3,700 square metres and can accommodate 275 to 300 students. It has been closed since the spring of 2011.

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