URBANA — A new all-boys middle school will open next fall on the third floor of an Urbana church.
Campus Middle School for Boys, founded by the organizers of the existing Campus Middle School for Girls, will set up shop at First United Methodist Church of Urbana, 304 S. Race St..
The location — less than a mile from the Wesley Foundation building that houses the all-girls school — was "a natural," said spokeswoman Leanne Cunningham.
"We're very pleased to have them so close to campus," she said. "So like the girls school, the boys school can easily do field trips to theaters and labs and other facilities on campus."
Terry Scroggins, president of United Methodist's board of trustees, said it was "a blessing" when the church was approached about using the space.
"It was kind of a godsend for us because it's not going to be wasted space up there," she said.
Champaign-Urbana's only all-boys middle school will rent classroom and office space from First United, and can turn a fellowship hall into gymnasium space when it's not being used as a daycare center, Scroggins said.
Like Campus Middle School for Girls, the start-up won't be affiliated with any religion.
Class sizes will be kept small and the curriculum will include the same core courses being taught at the sister school, Cunningham said.
"The objectives and standards for students will be the same," she said.
Applications are due in March, but the school plans to have a rolling admissions policy.
Application materials for Campus Middle School for Boys can be requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call (217) 344-8279 before Dec. 22 or after Jan. 6.