WORK has begun on the transformation of the Murraylands Christian College into Murray Bridge's third high school.
The appointment of Bruce Hicks as principal this term - and the laying of foundations for an expanded early learning centre - signalled the start of the transition.
Students currently in year seven will continue into year eight at the college's Murray Bridge campus next year and onwards to year 12 by 2018.
Mr Hicks said the works would only enhance the school's status as one of the best-kept secrets in the city.
"There's a need for more secondary education in Murray Bridge," he said.
"At the Strathalbyn school there are 60 or 70 kids from Murray Bridge who come by bus.
"We'd much rather see those students educated in Murray Bridge, close to home, in a school that is truly a community school and in which parents can have direct involvement."
The college's Adelaide Road site has plenty of room to accommodate the expansion.
"The green area beyond the gym will be the secondary school," Mr Hicks said.
"We've got work in progress to increase scope for enrolments in the primary school.
"Eventually we'll have a new preschool facility."