In 2011, Jhamtse Gatsal initiated a comprehensive future planning study. The result was a Master Plan. This plan proposes an aggressive 10-year building program that will be necessary for the school to develop a full high school component (grades 9-12).
Several key issues shaped the Master Plan:
- The school is strongly motivated to keep all current students within the Jhamtse Gatsal community through the 12th grade so current students would not have to be relocated to alternate, less satisfactory, high schools.
- Student residences will continue to be structured as “families,” each containing ages K-12. The average size of these families will be kept at 20 students or less.
- Adequate staff housing is seriously deficient. Due to the remoteness of the campus, there is no alternative community housing available and the lack of adequate on-campus housing has proven to be an obstacle to attracting and retaining skilled staff.
The planned building program consists of four major building types:
- New Family Houses that will allow student families to live in home-like settings with study/dining areas, a small kitchen, indoor plumbing, and individual privacy. New student residences will free up classrooms currently utilized for student housing.
- Adequate Staff Residences, providing welcoming living accommodations for staff (and their families). This will help in recruiting and retaining key staff.
- Additional Classrooms will be required for two reasons. First, as additional grades are added, more classroom space will be needed. Second, specialized classrooms will be required at the high school level, particularly science labs, and an art room.
- The Campus Center will be a larger building containing an auditorium/dining hall, a kitchen, and administrative offices. The current dining hall will be outgrown as additional grades are added and there is no facility on campus that can accommodate the campus population during inclement weather.
By necessity, new construction must be phased over the ten-year planning period. By the end of the ten-year period there will be sufficient infrastructure in place to allow for the continued expansion of the student body to a stable total population of approximately 200 students, with 15 new students entering each year and 15 graduating.