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:
Dr. Sherman Jen, Maple Leaf’s Founder, Board Chair and CEO, stated:
James Beeke, Executive Director and Superintendent of Global Education, added: