Record enrollment at Independent School
The Kimberley Independent School Society is pleased to announce that the 2013/2014 school year at Kimberley Independent School (K.I.S.) has begun with a record number of students and a brand new look after major renovations were completed this past summer.
The building, formerly the Chapman Camp Public Elementary School, was recently purchased by the Society and now houses additional classrooms and upgraded teaching facilities. As of September 2013, enrolment topped 100 for the first time since the school was founded in 2008 when it began renting space in the building.
The school’s steady growth since its inception in 2008 made it clear to supporters that purchasing the building was necessary in order to ensure a permanent home for the school. “This is an educational alternative that more and more parents, faculty and students from throughout the region are taking an interest in, and we needed to establish more permanent roots from which we can plan for our future in this community”, said Society chair Megan Purcell, adding that growth in a facility like K.I.S. means the school can introduce expanded educational opportunities and experiences while keeping tuition fees very affordable.
Jennifer Roberts, who is starting her third year as principal, says that the school offers programming and an atmosphere that really helps develop the talents and individual interests of the students. “We maximize class size at 16 students, which allows for greater one-on-one interaction between students and their teachers, and I definitely find there is a heightened level of enthusiasm from faculty in a school that offers that kind of student/teacher ratio.”
Representatives of the school describe it as extremely family and community oriented and while they look forward to growth, they believe it is imperative that those core qualities remain. Society member Marc Raymond, whose son graduated from the school last year, says that keeping the Kimberley Dance Academy on the premises is a good example of that community connection. “They were here during the years this building functioned as a multi-purpose centre and they’ve been co-tenants throughout the years that the school rented space in the building, so it was extremely important to us to work out an arrangement where they could continue to have access to the gymnasium during after-school hours.”
Roberts said the purchase and upgrades could not have happened without the tremendous efforts of parents, teachers and friends, particularly Pete Campbell and Brent Aikens, the previous owners who also made sure the renovations were completed in time for the new school year. “We are very grateful for the support and extremely enthusiastic about the future, and now that we have secured the building we are beginning a campaign to create a natural playground on the property so that our beautiful surroundings can be an integral part of each child’s school day.”
Kimberley Independent School currently offers classes from Kindergarten to grade 9 as well as two pre-Kindergarten programs.