Purcell International Education (PIE) is currently developing a world-class international boarding school in Kimberley, BC. The school, Purcell Collegiate, will be licensed as a Group 4 Independent School under the BC Ministry of Education classification scheme. The school will employ BC-certified teachers and deliver the BC curriculum to international and Canadian students in grades 7 -12. In addition to core academic courses, it will offer specialized elective classes including but not limited to the following: outdoor/environmental education; STEM-related courses (e.g. coding, robotics, Artificial Intelligence); business and entrepreneurship; and various Fine Arts classes. There will also be advanced coaching and training opportunities for student athletes in multiple sports academies beginning with hockey and expanding to soccer, golf, and other NCAA-scholarship qualifying sports. The campus master plan will include an academic building, gymnasium, and student dormitories as well as an artificial turf, multi-purpose playing field and various outdoor learning spaces.
How are we going to do it?
PIE is going to build the school in two phases: phase 1 on a five-acre parcel of shovel-ready land next to Marysville Falls and phase 2 on a 22-acre parcel of yet-to-be-subdivided land on the Kimberley golf course. The Purcell Collegiate campus masterplan for the 5-acre parcel will include an academic building, gymnasium, and student housing as well as an artificial turf, multi-purpose playing field and various outdoor learning spaces for an initial intake of 150 total students. The campus will be designed and equipped to offer the BC curriculum and therefore include state-of-the-art learning spaces including labs and maker spaces as well as a commercial kitchen and dining hall capable of serving up to 300 students per day (to accommodate planned growth in student enrollment).
Where are we at now?
On January 15, 2020 Purcell International Education (PIE) and the Kimberley Golf Club (KGC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and stakeholder event which took place at Trickle Creek Lodge to celebrate PIE’s purchase of the golf course from KGC. PIE assumed operational control of the golf course on January 13, 2020 following 18 months of cooperative negotiations between PIE and KGC to structure a deal that will secure the future of the club while providing PIE with land to build to eventually expand Purcell Collegiate in phase 2 of the development.
What comes next?
Stay tuned for architectural drawings including 3-D renderings coming later this spring. For now, keep current on developments relating to Purcell Collegiate by following PIE on social media.