Northeast Calgary’s new high school is open and students, and reporters got a a sneak peek today.
Nelson Mandela High School will serve Calgary’s far northeast communities of Saddle Ridge, Martindale, Falconridge, Taradale, Castleridge and Coral Springs.
The school will open to grades 10 and 11 students for class next week. It will save them about a 45 to 50 minute bus ride and some will be able to walk to school.
The school is complete except for its gym. Construction on the gym will begin this fall and in the meantime students will use the Genesis Rec Centre.
The decision not to have grade 12 students here this year was to allow them to finish their education at their current high school.
Grade 12 students will come next year, and the school population will grow to 1800.
The high school is one of eight new public schools opening this fall in Calgary.