DULUTH, MN-- Change is in the air for Stella Maris Academy in Duluth.
"This has been a conversation that's been had for a long, long time," said Administrator of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Father Anthony Wroblewski.
The Catholic school announced it's adding high school grades to its program.
After combining three Catholic campuses into one academy a couple of years back, Father Wroblewski said Tuesday it was time to ramp up their education levels.
"We feel after three and a half years of being together as one school we are strong enough and we are ready."
There are no talks of building extra space just yet, the academy will use its current buildings to accommodate all students.
"We do have space in our current building that allows us to be able to start those grades."
Father Wroblewski adds the need for Stella Maris Academy is there, their mission makes them different from other Duluth schools.
"The Catholic faith is embedded in everything we do in these schools so our values, what we teach the kids, how we can teach them and why we say it's important to treat your neighbors this way."
Father Wroblewski said ever since Cathedral High School in Duluth stopped operating as a Catholic High School and became Duluth Marshal, which currently operates as a private school, parents have been expressing their needs and wants to the academy.
"We've had a lot of Catholic families that have longed for that opportunity to be able to have a Catholic education for their 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders."
Stella Maris will also be hiring a president to oversee the entire academy.
The academy plans to add the high school by the fall of 2022.