By Robert Frank
A private school that is in the process of building a new wing has opened its doors to the students of Dorval’s Queen of Angels Academy, which announced last week that it plans to close its doors after the current academic year.
“We want to welcome the whole school,” Northstar Academy principal Josée Pépin told The Suburban in an interview. “We want to help keep the entire student body together. It would really be their school within ours. They would be able to conserve what they have built and keep their mission, traditions and values, rather than be absorbed into another school.”
Pépin stressed that the Northstar, which is located beside the first Laval exit off Highway 13, is so close to most West Islanders that it takes only 12 minutes to drive there from the Fairview shopping centre.
“It’s really the tip of the West Island,” she said, stressing the school’s excellent highway connections. “We made the same offer to residents of Kahnawake. They can get here in 15 minutes. It’s the same distance as any of the alternatives.”
“Since the closure announcement, I have been receiving calls from many parents,” Pépin added. “Their main concern is that the students get to stick together.”
Pépin said that the school will hold an information night, Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
“Since we’re already building a new wing, so we would just tailor it to measure for them,” she said. “We will show the plans to them on Monday.”
“We are also prepared to meet the Queen of Angels Academy school committee on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, from now until September, to work out precisely what they want.
Information about the school is available at: www.northstaracademy.ca
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