The new location will be located on the first floor of building at 1001 West Loop South in Houston, near the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, according to the announcement. Xavier students previously attended classes at one of three campuses in the West University, Memorial and The Woodlands areas.
The 32,000-square-foot campus quadruples the amount of combined space at the other three campuses, which officials said will help accommodate an increased interest in enrollment. Roughly 150 students were enrolled across the three Houston-area campuses as of January. Students are sometimes brought from one campus to another to take advantage of unique features, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.
The school is being designed by Margaret Douglass of CDI Douglass Pye Inc., according to the release. John Furnace of RubiCrown Commercial Real Estate LLC will serve as the general contractor.
Design plans include 14-foot hallways and 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows in classrooms. A multipurpose room will be used for the school's dance studio, the yoga classroom, music space for concerts, and a therapy wing where students and families can access mental health resources.
Xavier Education Academy caters to students in fifth to 12 grades. Information on the school's website indicates the new campus will also include a full-scale gymnasium, and officials plan to take advantage of the proximity to the Arboretum by taking students on outdoor hikes.
The price of the lease was not disclosed. Officials said they expect to be operating out of the new campus this fall or winter.