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MISSION—The Juan Diego Academy located at 5208 S. FM 494 celebrated the ground breaking for its new multi-purpose gymnasium on Nov. 8. The new gymnasium will accommodate a variety of activities for the academy that is continuously expanding.
Principal Bob Schmidt explained it is only the beginning of new additions for their growing campus.
Juan Diego Academy opened its campus on August 22, 2011 to a class of less than 25 freshmen.
“We have 41 students, 17 sophomores and 24 freshmen,” Schmidt said. “We more than doubled our size in the first year; we anticipate the numbers are going to continue to grow.”
The principal believes the addition of a new gymnasium will help facilitate the growth. He added not only will athletes be able to take advantage of the building, but also the dance team, drama department and extra curricular activities will put the gymnasium to use.
Currently, the academy holds classes in five structures; Schmidt said the gymnasium would be the sixth and largest addition. The gymnasium will include classroom space, lockers, and showers along with basketball courts.
As the school adds more grade levels, new structures and adjustments to standing buildings on the property will create more room for incoming freshmen.
“We have planned the growth in stages…We are in the first phase of development,” Schmidt said. “As we go step by step, we are going to expand more at our math and science and building.”
The principal added, the community has been very supportive of the changes made, and have shown excitement in the academy’s move.
“We feel really good about the direction we are going in, as the word continues to get out about the school and we continue build and build a quality program,” Schmidt said.
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