Bowmanville getting new Catholic elementary school in 2026


Published May 22, 2024 at 3:45 pm

Bowmanville school announcement

Bowmanville will get a new Catholic elementary school in the next two years, one of three school announcements for Durham Region over the past month.

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board will be building the new school on a five-acre site at Northglen Boulevard and Middle Road.

“We are determined to build schools and expansions faster, part of our commitment to modernize schools in fast growing communities,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce, who was in Durham for the announcement. “We are proud to deliver a new, state-of-the-art Catholic elementary school for Bowmanville families, along with increasing funding, staffing and a back-to-basics focus on reading, writing and math skills to help ensure students graduate with confidence that they can succeed in good-paying careers.”

The Province is investing nearly $27 million to help the new school, which will serve as a feeder school for St. Stephen Catholic Secondary School in Bowmanville, get off the ground. The school will house 493 students from kindergarten to Grade 8 and will include four kindergarten classrooms, 16 regular classrooms, a special education room, a resource room, a three-room childcare centre and regular school facilities such as a gymnasium and learning commons.

Durham MPP Todd McCarthy called it “great news” for the community, with the new 43,237 sq. ft. school ensuring children can “learn and play in safe spaces that will help them to reach their full potential both now and into the future.”

The school is expected to open in September 2026 and will help alleviate local accommodation pressures and meet a growing demand for Catholic education in Clarington.

The announcement comes on the heels of two new public elementary schools coming to Whitby, also in the fall of 2026, as well as an invitation to the public from the Durham District School Board to name a long-delayed school in north Oshawa which is scheduled to open this fall.

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