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Private schools in campus switch

The move will allow both institutions room to grow for future applicants

Posted: May 13, 2009 8:17 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Two local private schools are planning to switch campuses during the summer to accommodate an increase in student population.

Monticello Preparatory School, which opened in 2006, will move from its location on Tournament Road in Valencia to Valley Street in Newhall, the current location of Trinity Classical Academy.

“We were just lucky enough to find this place,” Monticello chief of school Rebecca Cranert said.

Trinity Classical Academy, a Christian-based classical school founded in 2001, is getting ready for its move to NorthPark Community Church’s future campus on Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia.

“We’re moving at the end of June and we are excited,” Trinity head of school Liz Caddow said. “We’ll finally have everybody on one campus.”

At present, all the school’s activities are conducted on the two different campuses.

Monticello, a neoclassical academy that offers a comprehensive curriculum, previously sought a location in Hasley Canyon, but faced criticism from Hasley Canyon residents who felt a school could run in a residential neighborhood.

“It just wasn’t meant to be,” Cranert said.

Cranert is looking forward to a campus that will offer a playground and field for its students.

“It’s just a lovely neighborhood,” she said.

The campus onto which Montecello will move is owned, and is rented out, by the First Baptist Church, located on one of Trinity’s current campuses.

Monticello expects to grow next year.

“We’ve been in a very tiny little place here,” she said. “Because we have extra room, we are able to take applications and interview more students.”

Monticello, a K-8 school, currently has about 30 students. Cranert anticipates 45 to 60 students next year.

Trinity, a K-9 school which will add 10th grade for the 2009-10 school year, has 227 students. Next year’s student population should increase by about 30 percent to 300, Caddow said.

“We have room to grow there,” Caddow said.

“Our goal is to be a K-12 school. That’s been our mission the whole time,” Caddow said.



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