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Image of main entrance of new Kingston Secondary SchoolThe initial design concept for Kingston Secondary School was drafted in 2015 by project architects ZAS Architects Inc. with input from the Kingston Intermediate & Secondary School Design Committee, a sub-committee of the Central Kingston Integration Committee.

Architectural rendering of main foyer/student forum in Kingston Secondary School.The Design Committee, which was made up of students, parents, school staff, Board staff and the architects, discussed various considerations such as program requirements, technology, accessibility, sustainability and 21st century design. Members of the committee also had an opportunity to visit several newly constructed schools in the Greater Toronto area to review their features.

TArchitectural rendering of one of two gyms in Kingston Secondary School.he design process included several visioning sessions with students, parents, school staff and community partners to clarify what features were most important in the new school; to identify important programs that must be accommodated by the layout and design; and to make effective community use of the new school. The initial draft design concept was shared with the Board of Trustees before additional consultation with students, school councils, school staff, community partners and the public in the fall of 2015. The design concept was amended in April 2017 following work with the architects and cost consultants to finalize construction estimates to allow the Board to obtain Ministry approval and proceed to tender.

Image of school that will exit onto Champlain ParkKingston Secondary School will feature 34 secondary classrooms and 9 intermediate classrooms. These rooms include:

  • 8 Science Labs (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General);
  • 2 Music Rooms (Instrumental/Vocal);
  • 3 Art Rooms (Graphic/Visual/Photography);
  • 1 Theatre Arts Room;
  • 4 Technology Shops (Construction, Manufacturing/Transportation, Integrated and Computer Engineering Lab);
  • Culinary Arts and Nutrition Rooms;
  • Communication Lab with Radio program;
  • Cosmetology Room;
  • 4 Special Education Rooms;
  • 2 Gymnasiums with Health Science and Weight Rooms; and  
  • Library with Community Room and Book Kiosk.    

Image of exterior parking lot at the rear of the buildingOther building features include:

  • State-of-the-art ventilation with air conditioning and heat recovery systems to reduce lost energy;
  • High levels of insulation and high performance glazing systems;
  • Improvement of natural daylight and reduce reliance on artificial lighting;
  • Lighting sensors and occupancy sensors throughout;
  • Building Automation Systems to optimize energy use;
  • Use of low VOC paints and adhesives to improve indoor air quality; and
  • High use of local and recyclable building materials.


The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.