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.

Just Posted

TRUE explores Penticton tourism offerings

Event showcases local experiences for tourism week

A good day for a grind

Summerland’s Giant’s Head Grind now in fifth year

Olympic gold medallist returns to Summerland

Justin Kripps brought his gold medal to Summerland Secondary Thursday

Families honoured by Penticton Speedway Memorial race

Young Guns Memorial Weekend is held at the Penticton Speedway this weekend

Reel Reviews: Atypical college life

We say, “Life of the Party is pleasant and harmless.”

Fun and games, medieval style

more fun than watching the royal wedding

Las Vegas Golden Knights move on to Stanley Cup final

Improbable run continues for NHL’s newest expansion team

Oregon’s flooded recreational pot market a cautionary tale to B.C.

‘In a broader sense, we are adding legal production to an already robust illegal production’

Chilliwack Chiefs make history with first RBC Cup win

In front of a huge and noisy crowd, the Chiefs claimed their first-ever national junior A title.

UPDATED: Majority of flood evacuees in Kootenay-Boundary allowed to return home

Officials hope to have all 3,000 people back in their homes by Monday night

The Okanagan shines in foodie finalist list

Western Living has released their 2018 list of finalists

B.C. Lions bring back 6-time all-star offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye

He was acquired by the Montreal Alouettes last year.

Whitecaps rally for 2-2 draw with FC Dallas

Vancouver climbed out of a two-nil hole to tie FC Dallas 2-2

B.C. VIEWS: Making sense of climate policy

Flood and fire predictions have poor track record so far

Most Read