The door may be closing at Queen of Angels Academy, but another door may soon open at the Dorval school.
The semi-private secondary school for girls is working with Collège Ste-Anne in Lachine to open a bilingual, co-ed elementary school on the Queen of Angels campus in 2015.
Dominic Varvaro, chair of the board of directors at Queen of Angels Academy, told CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty on Thursday that it would be the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the two schools.
He said that, like Queen of Angels Academy, Collège Ste-Anne has a good academic track record and that the merger between the schools would respond to a need in the West Island for elementary schools.
Parents were informed by letter in January that the school would close at the end of the current academic year. Low enrolment was cited as the main reason for the closure — just 186 students are presently enrolled at the school, and the school had doubled fees to stay afloat.
“I think it’s positive that the legacy of the building and the legacy of the school will live on. It’s fantastic news that the building will be saved. It’s just a little bit sad that there’s no room for the QAA girls,” said Jennifer Frezza, president of the Queen of Angels Academy Foundation which raised funds for the school and students.
Varvaro said that, although some details still need to be ironed out, it looks as though the school will be private.
Earlier this week, the city approved the rezoning of the western part of the campus, greenlighting condos to be built on the soccer field.
Both Queen of Angels Academy and Collège Ste-Anne were founded by the Congregation of the Sisters of Sainte-Anne in the late 1800s.