The Government of Alberta announced in early November 2019 that a new Catholic high school design would be funded for Heritage Valley.
This news couldn’t be more exciting for residents of the area. The Heritage Valley community will soon be home to 3 new schools, rounding out the already long list of amenities (including the future Southwest Hospital). How incredible is that?!
- The school will be located at 135 Street and 32 Avenue (i.e. right in Desrochers!)
- It will accommodate approximately 1,300 students once open, and
- The project has an estimated budget of $55 million.
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said that design for new high schools can take about a year and a half to three years, but that construction will follow.
“It would make no sense to allocate dollars for design if the intention was that we wouldn’t move forward on the build,” she said.
Design plans underway
According to the Edmonton Catholic Schools (ECSD) Educational Planning Department, they are in the process of hiring an architect who will begin the design work.
What does an architect bring to the (drafting) table, you ask? When you see another architect-designed school, it becomes clear. Whether it’s optimizing spaces to the location (hello, natural light and beautiful community focal points), or creating different spaces for a variety of learning styles, thoughtful design leads to beautiful, functional schools. As an example, just check out the the impressive layout for Dr. Anne Anderson High School, opening soon in the Heritage Valley!
Once the school is about 1 year from completion, attendance boundaries will be reviewed.
This gives residents of Desrochers Villages time to be involved and share their opinions. Families with school-aged children may wish to stay in the know and add to the conversation. Find the latest updates on the Heritage Valley Catholic High School via the following:
- ECSD website
- ECSD Facebook page
- Desrochers Villages Instagram
- This website (you’ve already found us, so be sure to visit again!)
Links About the Funding Announcement
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