FREDERICK, Md. — St. John's Catholic Prep will move to a new location, the property where St. Thomas More Academy sits on Buckeystown Pike in Buckeystown, Md.
St. John's and St. Thomas More Academy have agreed to move the location of both schools. St. John's has entered into a contract with St. Thomas More to purchase its building and property.
St. Thomas More will move its school to a to-be-determined location in Frederick County.
The sale of the academy's building and property to St. John's allows both schools to move to a building more suitable for their respective sizes.
The academy building will be modified and expanded to accommodate 400 high school students initially, and will eventually increase to 500 students.
St. John's will begin its 2012-13 school year at the new location.
In December 2005, St. John's purchased a 46-acre tract adjacent to St. Thomas More Academy to build its new campus. The new St. John's campus will be 67 acres and allow for more expanded athletic fields and a stadium.
St. John's can no longer meet the enrollment needs or escalating academic criteria for its students within the existing, aging facilities, according to a news release. Its Prospect Hall property will be sold to help support the funding for the new campus.
For the past few years, St. John's has experienced an increase in enrollment, as well as a substantial increase in its annual fundraising programs.