By Landan Kuhlmann
Citing a need to accommodate special circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, an area private school plans to expand its grade-level offerings to include high school.
Divine Savior Academy in the Sienna neighborhood of Missouri City announced Wednesday that it plans to add grades 9-12 in addition to its existing curriculum, which serves pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The transition will take place in phases beginning next year.
DSA principal Jake Unke said in a news release that the plan came in light of what the school viewed as a critical need in the area. As the pandemic has continued to impact the Houston region since March, Unke said the school’s application volume has increased by 72 percent as parents look for smaller class sizes to reduce potential exposure.
“Starting next school year, DSA will expand to offer ninth grade and then will add an additional grade every year until the academy is at full capacity,” he said.
The plan, according to the school, is to add 20,000 square feet to its existing campus. Included in the new facilities will be a career and counseling center as well as planned expansions of DSA’s fine arts, leadership, second language immersion and STEM programs.