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Divine Savior Academy completes $20 million expansion


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Reverend Carl Leyrer founded Divine Savior Academy in 2004.

Before development began changing the face of Doral surrounding the school, Leyrer described Northwest 58th Street as a “miserable looking street with a big valley in it that would flood.” That first year, the school only taught up to the third grade and housed about 25 students in a single one-story facility.“There was no development north of 58th Street when we bought the property in 2001,” Leyrer said. “We started with a staff of six and now we employ 95 people.”

Last week, Divine Savior Academy held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate an 88,000-square-foot expansion of its high school and athletic facilities. The additions include a new soccer field, tennis court, weight room, a ballet room, a media center complete with a recording studio and video production lab, and a new wing of classrooms aimed at building their STEM and AP Capstone programs. The event marked a resolution to a 13-month project and cost about $20 million to complete.

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Divine Savior Academy is the only private Christian school in the city. In the 11 years since the school was founded, the student population has grown from the original 25 to more than 700, and the school now teaches from pre-K 3 through 12th grade.

The cost of an education at Divine Savior ranges from about $8,000 a year for early childhood students to about $12,000 a year for high schoolers. This past year, the not-for-profit school awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships for students.

Ben Troge, the high school’s principal, believes that interest in Divine Savior will continue to rise. Troge joined the staff in 2007 and also teaches religion and history classes at the high school.



From left: Michael Cottle of Moss Construction, Michael Kadow of Somerville Architects, Superintendent Carlos Leyrer of Divine Savior Academy, Senior Pastor Carl Leyrer of DSA, Head of Schools Ben Troge of DSA, Elementary & Middle School Principal Tim Biesterfeld of DSA, and DSA Executive Board Member Luis Herrera inaugurate the school’s largest expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the entrance of its new high school facility. Stephanny Martinez Divine Savior Academy