Grace Church to add high school

Grace Church School has announced it will open a high school division in 2012. The school has leased space on the first and second floors of 38-50 Cooper Square, currently occupied by New York University, for the high school, which will have a capacity of 80 students per grade.

According to a press release, the program will be organized around seminar-style teaching, and all students will participate in an international exchange program modeled on the existing program in the present school; the high school will also take advantage of the colleges and universities in the neighborhood by providing students with the opportunity to enroll in selected courses.

“We have seen a strong and growing demand for more high school seats,” said George Davison, head of school. “We believe that the academic strength and the values embodied in the mission of Grace Church School will be a major addition to the secondary education market in New York City. Additionally, we now support 22 percent of our students with financial aid, and we plan to provide the same level of support in the high school.”

Grace Church School, at E. 11th St. and Fourth Ave., offers junior kindergarten through eighth grade, with an enrollment of 413.