As plans progress for the new centrally located school, Princess Alexandra School will be closing at the end of June.
The site of Princess Alexandra School in Riversdale was previously chosen by the board as the location for the division’s next school. Referred to as the City Centre Project until it is officially named, the new school will bring together the school communities of King George, Pleasant Hill, and Princess Alexandra. To prepare for construction, the Princess Alexandra building must be demolished, which is expected to begin in the fall. At its meeting May 10, the Board of Education passed a motion to close the school.
In September, Princess Alexandra students will attend other neighbourhood schools and busing will be offered to King George. The Spadina Early Learning Centre located in Princess Alexandra will be relocated to W.P. Bate School.
Princess Alexandra School has a long history. Alexandra School opened as a four-classroom school in 1907. Princess School followed five years later and was built on land adjacent to Alexandra School. In 1961, the original Princess School was replaced with the current building and in 1984, the Alexandra School building was demolished, and the two schools merged to become Princess Alexandra School.
“For 115 years, this school community in Riversdale has existed on the Princess Alexandra site,” said Board Chair Colleen MacPherson. “We treasure the rich history of this location and understand how meaningful it is to former students, families, staff and the surrounding community. The new school will be another transformation, but we know it will grow deep roots on this historic site.”
Design work for the City Centre Project is progressing as the school division continues to meet with potential partners for the facility. The new school is expected to welcome students and staff in September 2025.