Catchment Boundary Review

The Greater Victoria School District is reviewing catchment boundaries due to increasing student enrolment and limited space in some of its schools. In the Fall of 2018, the District started collecting input from the public to help inform the process of reconsidering school boundaries.

It has been approximately 20 years since the District last reviewed school catchments. The District’s student population continues to grow significantly and smaller class size legislation has impacted the availability of space in schools. In the past four years, the District has seen 1,000 additional students register in its schools. Some schools are full and long-term projections indicate a steady increase in the student population over the next 10 years.

The District is proposing school boundary changes to alleviate capacity constraints in its facilities and balance enrolment across the entire District to prepare for future enrolment pressures. As the District plans ahead for the future, it must reconsider school catchment boundaries to ensure there is adequate space in each school to provide the most optimal learning environments for all of its students.

As part of the review, the District is committed to engaging with the public to help inform the Board of Education’s decision-making. The catchment boundary review has included and continues to include opportunities for members of the public to provide input. In November, the District heard from more than 5,100 community members through the Catchment Boundary Review Survey. The feedback collected helped to inform the District’s guiding considerations, as well as, highlight important factors for families and specific neighbourhood considerations. As the District moves forward with the review, it is now looking for input on the new proposed catchment boundaries.

NEW PROPOSED CATCHMENT MAPS:

To review the proposed catchment boundaries please click here: NEW PROPOSED CATCHMENT MAPS

*This interactive map allows you to zoom in and see the proposed catchment boundary changes in detail. 

OVERVIEW OF PROPOSED CHANGES

Please review our Catchment Boundary Review Brochure for details about the proposed boundary changes. As well as, important and guiding considerations and the input provided through the survey. 

Next Steps:

The Greater Victoria School District will be hosting open houses in February to gather input on new proposed school boundaries. The Board of Education will review all input collected on the proposed boundaries and will make a decision on the proposed boundaries this Spring.

To provide feedback or ask any questions on the proposed changes, email: boundaryreviewteam@sd61.bc.ca

All input must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019, to be considered by the Board of Education.

UPDATES:

  • The deadline to submit feedback to the Board of Education has also been extended to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019.
  • The Board of Education passed a motion at the Monday, February 25th Board Meeting, directing administration to remove Victor School as a proposed catchment school from the boundary review process and to provide alternatives to address school capacity concerns. 

Open Houses:


Additional Resources:

Catchment Boundary Maps
Baragar Systems Methodology and Data Sources
Frequently Asked Questions (Phase One)
Frequently Asked Questions (Phase Two – updated regularly as we receive additional input)
Full Survey Results
Media Release (November 19, 2018)
Media Release (January 29, 2019)
School Locator Tool  (please use to determine French Immersion catchments)
Schools’ Capacities and Projected Enrolment (current year to 2033 – based on current boundaries)
School Enrolment by Catchment & Out-Of-Catchment
Student Enrolment Priorities

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