APU Middle, High School Campus Expanding
The APU International School has completed the first phase of its middle and high school expansion project.
In phase 1, a new building was constructed next to the current middle and high school (Building B), located at 286 Lanh Binh Thang St. in District 11.
The new building, now known as Building A, took one year and in excess of 3 million U.S. dollars to construct. It will also more than double APU’s student capacity rate from 450 to 1000.
“We (APU’s managing board) felt like this was the right time and right place to do this project. There are a lot of middle to higher income families moving into District 11, who are looking for a higher level of quality education for their children. APU wants to be the place those families turn to for their educational needs,” said Tri Tran, APU’s director of business development.
Some of the ways in which APU students’ lives will be improved is by the addition of science and computer labs in the new building as well as a freshly stocked library.
“We are even exploring the possibility of adding rooftop volleyball and basketball courts,” Tran added.
However, there will be many positive changes for the teachers as well.
“Teachers won’t have to share rooms anymore. Each teacher will have his/her own room to decorate in accordance with the subject they teach. Additionally, every classroom has a home computer already installed,” said Paul Oisboid, middle and high school vice-principal.
During phase 2 of APU’s expansion, students and staff will transition to Building A and a major renovation will begin on Building B.
“Luckily Building B already has a solid foundation so we won’t have to do as much work to improve its aesthetics. This renovation should be complete in months,” said Tran.
As part of the renovation, Building B will add a bookstore to its ground floor. Additionally, skyways will be added to every floor connecting the two buildings.
Kevin Moll, another middle and high school vice-principal said, “We are all very happy to see phase 1 complete and look forward to the completion of phase 2.”