FREDERICTON (GNB) – A new kindergarten-to-Grade 5 school in Fredericton will be built on McAdam Avenue School’s current site, replacing that school and Nashwaaksis Memorial School.

“We have seen student enrolment growing throughout the province,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Bill Hogan. “While we are happy to see more students in the school system, we need to be sure we are building the spaces needed to accommodate learning for everyone. This new facility will help ease enrolment pressures on these two aging schools and give teachers the spaces they need to provide children with a world-class education.”

The new school will feature 27 classrooms that can accommodate nearly 530 students. The facility will also feature space for music and performing arts, along with a gym, a library and a cafeteria. Its design will provide flexible learning environments, such as multi-use rooms.

“With more families choosing to call New Brunswick home, I am excited to help announce the site selection for a new school in northwest Fredericton,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jeff Carr. “Rehabilitating, replacing and increasing the capacity of essential building infrastructure is vital to ensure our children continue to learn in a safe, welcoming environment for years to come.”

Students from McAdam Avenue School will attend Nashwaaksis Memorial while the new school is being built. More information will be sent directly to families throughout the school year.

Construction is expected to begin next summer, with the school opening in September 2025.

“The addition of a new building to the school district and community is always a wonderful reason to celebrate,” said Anglophone West School District superintendent David McTimoney. “Students, families and staff will benefit, and learning will take place in a specially designed setting to accommodate student needs. This is an exciting day for Anglophone West School District and the city of Fredericton.”

Enrolment at these two schools has increased an average 2.9 per cent per year over the past five years. The project was identified as critical in the government’s 2022-23 capital budget, given the lack of space at both schools and projected population growth on the city’s north side.

Several factors are taken into consideration when choosing a site for a new school, including community amenities, community school use, catchment area, accessibility of the site, available utilities, transportation strategies, natural site conditions and site size.