Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller announced the establishment of a new middle school on Tuesday morning.

The announcement was made at Rolling Hills Academy, at 21340 Gathering Oak, in a gymnasium filled with parents, teachers and students.

Starting next school year, Rolling Hills Academy, which serves kindergarten through eighth grade, will have a separate middle school with a new name.

"Today we embark on another beginning at our school," said Rolling Hills Principal Hank Valdespino. "As we reviewed our school history, finances and demographics, we began to believe that the partnership with Antonian would secure a future for our children at Rolling Hills."

The new school will be named Antonian Middle School at Rolling Hills and will prepare sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders for the future.

"We are dealing with teens in the first teen years and families, they need support at this age," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.

While staff and teachers will remain the same, the class structure will be very different. Students will have nine class changes during the day, rather than eight.

The classes will also be based on a college preparatory curriculum.

The school will be among 1 percent of middle schools in the nation to be considered college preparatory. Classes will include advanced math, science, humanities, fine arts and the introduction of Latin along with Spanish in all three grade levels.

While it will be extra work, students here won't have to test for acceptance into Antonian College Preparatory School, which generally has about 100 students on a waiting list -- That's one less worry for some parents.

"We're very happy with this transition that is happening today. It is a really, really good thing for both schools, we believe," said parent Eduardo Ross.

Enrollment for Antonian Middle School at Rolling Hills will begin immediately.

The new partnership officially starts in August 2014.

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