Summerland Montessori School will expand as the private school will add Grade 6 this fall, with Grades 7 and 8 to be added in following years.
Cal Johnson, head of the private school, said the board had been considering the expansion for several years.
“We’ve been waiting for the right time to do it,” he said.
Adding the Grade 6 students will increase the school population by six to eight students in fall, although Johnson expects enrollment will increase in the future.
When Grade 7 and 8 are added, he expects the three grades will bring an additional 30 students to the school.
For the fall, Johnson said there is space in the facility on Prairie Valley Road to accommodate them, although an expansion to the facility or a new location will be needed when Grade 7 and 8 are added.
The board is looking for expansion options at present.
Johnson said the school’s program will help those parents who have been unable to bring their children into a French Immersion program, since French is taught daily at the school. Core courses at the school are taught in English.
While the expansion to middle school grades is now in the works, Johnson said the private school likely will not offer Grades 9 to 12 in the future.
He said students will phase into Summerland Secondary School for high school as the private school cannot compete with the programs there.
The Summerland Montessori School was formed in 1999 and has been at its location on Prairie Valley Road since 2003.
At present, there are 54 students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 at the school.