Original announcement appeared in the Sienna community blog on September 24, 2020, written by Missy Bellinger.
Sienna parents will soon have more options for their high school students — Divine Savior Academy – Sienna is expanding!
Our academy, at 770 Waters Lake Boulevard, Missouri City, Texas, is adding a ninth-grade class in August 2021, and will add a new grade each year to become a full Pre-K through 12th grade school by 2024.
Pandemic concerns prompted a rush in applications for the 2020-2021 school year as parents sought smaller classrooms. The Sienna campus keeps a low teacher student ratio of 1:15.
“The academy experienced a 72 percent increase in applications,” said Jake Unke, DSA-Sienna High School Principal. “With no other private schools offering Pre-K through 12th grade in the area (between U.S. 69 (formerly U.S. 59) and State Highway 288), the need is tremendous.”
The current building on a 16-acre campus can accommodate two ninth grade classes. Plans are currently being made to expand the current footprint by an additional 20,000 square feet. The new space will include a College and Career Counseling Center focused on preparing DSA students for success within the college and vocation of their choice. Also planned is an expansion of the academy’s fine arts, leadership, STEM and second language immersion programs. Construction is expected to begin in 2022.
In addition to a rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, DSA enhances student learning through its Destination Discovery program, taking education outside of the walls of the academy where experiential learning is encouraged. At DSA, minds, bodies and souls are nurtured resulting in a well-rounded student experience.
“The academy is helping students to excel not just in school but also in life, and we want to see that continued through high school,” said DSA-Sienna parent, Missy Bellinger.
Another DSA parent, Kerry Hincks Walsh is excited about the expansion, as well. “As a family with children ranging in age from Pre-K to eighth grade, we made the decision to enroll all three of our girls at Divine Savior Academy this year,” she said. “We are thrilled to know that the school will continue to offer that same holistic educational experience for our daughters as they transition to high school, all right in our neighborhood.”