05/01/2014 06:53 EDT | Updated 07/01/2014 05:59 EDT

Queen of Angels Academy to become co-ed elementary school

The door may be closing at Queen of Angels Academy, but another door may soon open at the Dorval school.

The semi-private secondary school for girls is working with Collège Ste-Anne in Lachine to open a bilingual, co-ed elementary school on the Queen of Angels campus in 2015.

Parents were informed by letter in January that the school would close at the end of the current academic year. Low enrolment was cited as the main reason for the closure — just 186 students are presently enrolled at the school, and the school had doubled fees to stay afloat.

“I think it’s positive that the legacy of the building and the legacy of the school will live on. It’s fantastic news that the building will be saved. It’s just a little bit sad that there’s no room for the QAA girls,” said Jennifer Frezza, president of the Queen of Angels Academy Foundation which raised funds for the school and students.

Earlier this week, the city approved the rezoning of the western part of the campus, greenlighting condos to be built on the soccer field.

Both Queen of Angels Academy and Collège Ste-Anne were founded by the Congregation of the Sisters of Sainte-Anne in the late 1800s.