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Prep School and Early Learning Center Thrive on RUSM Campus

March 28, 2014

It is a school that is unique in many ways. With more than 70 children, aged 10 months to 14 years, the preparatory school and early learning center on the Dominica campus of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) is a tremendous boon to the parents, who are RUSM students, faculty members and staff.

“I like the school,” said Jonathan Strickland, a third-semester RUSM student, as he dropped off his three-year-old son Lincoln. “It gives me more time to study and my wife gets a break. They have fun activities, good teachers, and I think the kids get a good social life.” As if to demonstrate his dad’s point, Lincoln waved cheerfully and went to engage in a game with his peers.

Recent renovations to the school expanded the space, created a gazebo, put in new, child-sized restrooms, added a fenced-in area, redecorated with fresh paint, new windows and floors, and more, said Interim Principal Kathryn Weaver. Mrs. Weaver is the wife of RUSM’s Senior Associate Dean Wm. Lynn Weaver, MD, FACS.

“The school is quite diverse,” said Principal Weaver. The children are originally from the U.S., Pakistan, India, Africa, Canada, Greece, Turkey, Finland, and other countries. “The beauty is, because the kids come from all over, they embrace what’s different,” she said. The culture of Dominica is also integrated into the curriculum, she said. A recent school newsletter features an article about the celebration of Dominica’s independence, and of Creole Day festivities two days earlier. Photos show the young students dressed in national Dominican colors and costumes, and performing a traditional dance.

Principal Weaver attended the University of New York at Buffalo, where she earned the credentials of Specialist in Educational Administration, School District Administrator, Master of Library Science, and Bachelor of Arts. Her career as an educator includes serving as a high school interim assistant principal.

“I have a vision,” she said, “Smart boards in every classroom, arts and music programs, a data-driven approach to student achievement. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

For more information about the prep school and early learning center contact: or call 767-255-6436.

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