Stella Maris Academy in Duluth announced to families Monday it would be adding high school grades by fall 2022.
The Catholic school currently has three campuses — Holy Rosary at 2802 E. Fourth St., John’s at 1 W. Chisholm St. and St. James at 715 N. 57th Ave. W. — and includes grades pre-K through eight.
According to an email sent to families Monday, Stella Maris doesn’t plan to buy new property or build a new school, but will instead fit the high school grades within its current buildings as a cost-saving measure.
Stella Maris will also hire a president, who will help to determine a specific opening date as well as the best location for the new grades.
A search will start immediately. A committee will interview candidates and the board of directors will hire the president no later than July 1. The president will be responsible for oversight of the entire academy.
Tuition structure for the high school has yet to be determined and the tuition for the lower grades, which has been set for the 2021-22 school year, will not be affected, according to information provided by Stella Maris.
There is no set plan to incorporate athletics into the high school, but the possibility is being explored.
“For our families and community, this expansion has been hoped for since the inception of Stella Maris Academy and was a key part of the strategic plan to grow the academy,” Board Chair Bob Lisi said in the email to parents. “This expansion fulfills our promise to offer an exemplary education through 12th grade, differentiated by a close link of academics and Catholic spiritual formation that forms graduates grounded in truth, who seek goodness, and are inspired by beauty.”