Maple Leaf is pleased to announce its purchase of a beautifully landscaped 27.4-acre campus overlooking the St. Lawrence River in the historic Brockville area of Ontario, Canada. The freehold property was purchased for C$13 million (US$9.84 million). Originally the school campus was developed as St. Mary’s College, a preparatory school run by the Roman Catholic church. In the late 1960’s the property changed hands and housed a private Christian boarding school until 2007. Since then it has served as a mixed-use site with the main buildings leased for commercial operations and its residential facilities leased to a nearby boarding school. Maple Leaf intends to reintegrate the entire site for its own use as a Maple Leaf boarding school.
The campus includes a recently renovated, four-storey heritage academic building, two gymnasiums, newly installed soccer field, dining hall with recently renovated commercial kitchen, large banquet facility and café. In addition, the site also includes student residences for 150+ students, nineteen villas/townhouse apartments (for teachers and staff or another 100 + students) and a 450-person chapel/auditorium. In total, the new school location encompasses twelve buildings with more than 140,000 square feet (13,000 square metres) of interior space.
The location is just a few minutes from Brockville, which is an attractive, historic city located on the St. Lawrence River and is known as the “City of 1,000 Islands.” It is one of the first cities to be established in Upper Canada (Ontario). In this area, the St. Lawrence River forms the boundary between Canada and the United States. Brockville is located within one hour driving from the Ottawa International Airport and the following approximate driving times from prominent cities in Canada: 1 hour from Ottawa, 2 hours from Montreal, 3 hours from Toronto, 4 hours from Quebec City. In addition, the site is within reach of large cities in the USA: 4 hours driving from Buffalo, 5 ½ hours from Hartford, 6 hours from New York City and 6 ½ hours from Boston. Together, these cities comprise a total population of close to 50 million people.
This campus is ideally suited, allowing Maple Leaf to continue expanding its internationally-focused, university-prep academic programming. Maple Leaf’s plans are to offer a unique educational offering that includes the following highlights:
The future delivery of Ontario’s Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) requirements which leads to graduation with an Ontario Secondary School DiplomaDelivery of Maple Leaf’s own high school diploma which is certified by the United States’ Cognia (formerly AdvancED and Measured Growth) accreditation organization (which includes accreditation by 3 of the 6 regional accrediting agencies in the USA recognized by the national government: NWAC, NCA and SACS)Offering of AP (Advance Placement) courses in multiple subject areasDirect university connections via Maple Leaf’s established University Partner NetworkOpportunity to deliver music, performing and creative arts courses and related extra-curricular options
Dr. Sherman Jen, Maple Leaf’s Founder, Board Chair and CEO, stated:
“The Brockville school location and campus are just what Maple Leaf was looking for to advance its World School Program. We plan to open this school next year, in September 2020. It is the ideal setting for Canadian and international students to study together and benefit from Maple Leaf’s rich, bilingual, academic, university-prep program.
Our current programming is accredited by Maple Leaf Educational Systems and Cognia (formerly AdvancED and Measured Growth), the largest school accrediting agency in the world, recognized by the United States government. In addition, the process for accreditation of Maple Leaf high school courses by the Province of Ontario has already been initiated via the opening next month of Maple Leaf’s first Ontario school location on the Thunder Bay campus of Lakehead University.
The dormitory, cafeteria and overall school facilities will also service our Maple Leaf China student summer tour groups that regularly visit Eastern Canada and the United States. As Maple Leaf expands its schools in China and internationally, we witness the building of Maple Leaf’s World School Program and the reality of Maple Leaf’s growth in reaching its goal of blending the best of East and West in education to provide rich opportunities for its students and alumni.”
James Beeke, Executive Director and Superintendent of Global Education, added:
“The timing of the purchase is perfect to match the intensified efforts Maple Leaf is putting into expanding its program into a World School model, including enhancing international student recruitment, opening quality schools around the world, and forming linkages with internationally-recognized, high-quality educational institutions. The aesthetics of this beautiful campus will ideally suit the high-standard, academic-focused, bi-lingual, university-prep and internationally-based type program designed to prepare students well for the global world of tomorrow.”