WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - A new private high school will be opening its doors in Wicomico County when school starts in September of 2017. The Peninsula School will be for students from grades nine through 12.
The school will be located in the Philmore Commons complex on Phillip Morris Drive in Salisbury. While the school is still in the early planning stages, organizers tell WBOC they have already gotten plenty of positive feedback from the local community.
"For a number of years, people at the Wicomico Day School have been concerned that when their very good program completes at eighth grade, there is no high school of the same type that they could go too," said Todd Becker, a board member for The Peninsula School.
Becker said the school will not only be open to WDS grads after eighth grade but anyone in Wicomico County. Becker said tuition is aimed at being $10,000 or less and school officials want to reach out to the community to help establish scholarships to help students and their families with the cost.
"We want to have this be a school which is available to a wide variety of students from all parts of the community. We're looking for a school that is rather broad in its reach," Becker said.
There is still plenty of work to be done in the planning phase of the school. Officials are still filing paperwork and working with the state of Maryland to the accredited. Once The Peninsula School is up and running, Becker said the school will be evaluated by the Mid-States Accreditation Association so student's diplomas will be recognized around the county.
The Peninsula School will be having its second open house for interested students and parents on Dec. 4 at 4:30 pm at the school's future site; in the Philmore Commons on Phillip Morris Drive in Salisbury.