The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy high school is expected to open on Camp Wisdom Road for the 2011 fall semester. DISD will break ground on the $21.5 million school this week.

When it opens, the 111,000-square-foot high school will accommodate about 500 students. It will include 24 classrooms, an observation deck, a tiered lecture pavilion, an amphitheater and indoor/outdoor common spaces.

The school will be DISD’s second early-college high school. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for college, and the school’s atmosphere mirrors that of a college.