GLASSELL PARK – Ribét Academy has seen enrollment plunge from more than 500 about nine years ago to about 300 currently. So why does the private, co-ed school want to add more dorm and classroom space? Headmaster Ronald Dauzat says that the new facilities may help draw more local and international students to the campus housed in a nearly century-old building near San Fernando Road and the 2 Freeway. “Maybe a more attractive building might attract more people,” he said.
Ribét, founded by French-born Jacques Ribét, had been operated in La Canada before moving to its 9-acre Glassell Park campus in the early 1990s. The school occupies a former hosiery factory that was later converted to an all-boys, Catholic school. While Ribét offers about a $1 million a year in scholarship and reduced tuition to qualified students, the recession took a toll on enrollment that the school has yet to fully recover from, Dauzat said.
School officials have indicated to the Planning Department that they are proposing to build new dormitory, classroom and administration buildings as part of a two-phase project on the existing campus.
The first phase would consist of housing an additional 35 to 40 students on campus. The current dormitory, a former rectory, with 28 beds is currently full, Dauzat said.
The second phase would consist of adding more classroom space outside of the main, multi-storied building. The new classrooms would be located in a low-rise building, Dauzat said. “Kids don’t like climbing up five flights of stairs.”
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