San Juan Diego Catholic High School (SJDCHS), a school of the Diocese of Austin, will break ground on a new main facility at South 1st Street near Oltorf on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

SJDCHS launched this major building project to continue its mission of providing students a unique learning environment.

SJDCHS was established in 2002 and replicates the innovative Corporate Internship Program of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, offering a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum enhanced with a corporate internship program. One hundred percent of San Juan Diego students graduate with an acceptance to a four-year institution of higher learning and four years of corporate work experience, making them workforce ready.

The first phase of construction of the nearly 60,000-square-foot building will begin in January 2016. Anticipated to take one year to complete, the facility will house a math and science center, a gymnasium, library, computer lab, a fine arts facility and offices for the school administration. Second floor classrooms will be completed in a second phase.

SJDCHS currently serves 170 students in facilities that date to the early 1960s. The new facility will provide a modern environment that is more conducive for learning, but will be large enough to serve 400 students.

For more information about SJDCHS, visit the Diocese of Austin Catholic Schools.

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