The Greater Victoria School District is reviewing catchment boundaries due to increasing student enrolment and limited space in some of its schools. 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.
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.
As part of the review, the District has and continues to be 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.
The Catchment Boundary Review started in Spring 2018. The District engaged its community in the Thetis Vale area of the District to help address capacity issues. While this consultation showed strong preferences in this specific community, it was clear that due to class size and composition requirements as well as increased enrolment, that the process needed to be broader.
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. All the information gathered help to inform the boundary proposals shared in phase two of the review.
In January, the District proposed changes to school boundaries for the public to review and launched phase two of the consultation process. The District hosted three open houses and gathered input online to ensure parents, guardians, staff and members of the public had the opportunity to participate and provide input, including at the school level. During the phase two consultation, more than 400 community members attended the open houses and over 1,000 people submitted input online about the proposed changes. For the full survey results, input collected at the open houses, and the Phase Two Summary Report visit: www.sd61.bc.ca/news-events/community/catchment-boundary-review/
The Greater Victoria School District is now sharing new proposed catchment boundaries after collecting input from the community and is inviting final input, particularly on specific issues related to individual school changes, in a third phase of community consultation.
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
Review the Phase Three Catchment Boundary Review Brochure for an overview of the new proposed boundary changes.
The District will be hosting meetings to consult with the schools directly impacted by the proposals. The proposed recommendations will come back to the Board of Education in June for final deliberations.
Catchment Boundary Review School Meetings
Cloverdale May 7, 2019 from 7:00—8:00 p.m.
South Park May 7, 2019 from 7:00—8:00 p.m.
Margaret Jenkins May 8, 2019 from 7:00—8:00 p.m.
Richmond May 8, 2019 from 7:00—8:00 p.m.
Quadra May 9, 2019 from 7:00—8:00 p.m.
McKenzie May 9, 2019 from 7:00—8:00 p.m.
Macaulay May 14, 2019 from 7:00—8:00 p.m.
Doncaster May 14, 2019 from 7:00—8:00 p.m.
*Each meeting will be tailored to the school communities involved. Invitations will be sent out from the schools that could be affected.
Phase Two of Boundary Review – “What We Heard”
Baragar Systems Methodology and Data Sources
Catchment Boundary Review – Phase Two Proposals – Brochure
Catchment Boundary Maps
Frequently Asked Questions (from Phase One)
Frequently Asked Questions (Updated regularly as we receive additional input)
Full Survey Results (from Phase One)
Media Release – November 19, 2018
Media Release – January 29, 2019
Media Release – May 1, 2019
Presentation – Boundary Meeting – Cloverdale
Presentation – Boundary Meeting – McKenzie
Presentation – Boundary Meeting – Margaret Jenkins
Presentation – Boundary Review – Quadra
Presentation – Boundary Meeting – Richmond
Presentation – Boundary Meeting – South Park
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