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Cunae International School to add classrooms, newupper-school dining concept in 2021
BY VANESSA HOLT
In the 2020-21 school year, The Woodlands Christian Academy has brought its ne arts programs together under its rst director of ne arts, Phil Sweger, to coordinate creative programs. “We have had a solid program in band, theater, art and music for a long time, but we never actually had a devoted director of the arts,” Head of School Julie Ambler said. The school has held in-person classes this year with masks and social distancing, which allow teach- ers to work in person with students on projects, but performances have been virtual, she said. The ne arts department has also added a drum line program this year and will begin a dance program next year. “We will be oering all types of traditional dance as well as Broad- way-style choreography for [our] theater productions” Ambler said. Fine arts programs are oered to
BY BEN THOMPSON
The expansion will house three new classrooms for seventh to 12 grades in addition to a “tuck shop,” which Price said will be comparable to an indoor version of food truck dining serving healthy menu options. Price said cooking classes may also be oered. The expansion is part of the school’s plans for growth, which could include the construction of another building within the next ve years, housing new classrooms and a music room. While enrollment dipped slightly this year due to COVID-19, Price said she expects increases in the coming years.
Following its 15th year of business in The Woodlands area, Cunae Inter- national School plans to expand its Creekside Park facility with class- rooms and a new style of dining area for its upper-school students. The school, situated on a 6-acre campus at 5655 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands, began planning for the approximately 2,600-square-foot addition before the COVID-19 pandemic due to enrollment growth, and ocials now expect the expansion to be ready before the fall semester kicks o, Director Anji Price said.
Drama students perform “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
all students, with theater and band available to older grades and chorus, choir and traditional instruments available to all ages. Under the director’s guidance, students will work together on cooperative endeavors, she said. “[In a] theater production, art students might design sets, music students provide music, sound tech providing sound … integrating all the arts to work together … so that students are beginning to develop skills in early grades and carrying it through high school,” she said.
The addition to Cunae International School will be completed in 2021.
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