A school’s attendance boundaries are influenced by many factors. These can include the construction of a new school or the closure of a school. Geographic boundaries may also play a role, as in the case of natural features like waterways, major features such as rail lines and the irregular shape of land parcels.
A boundary change may be required, and is only undertaken when necessary.
Change may occur when enrolment is higher or lower than a school can accommodate. Enrolment can fluctuate due to changes in program offerings, demographics and home construction. Boundary change is often the solution when one school has high enrolment and a neighbouring school has low enrolment. This can be referred to as ‘balancing enrolments’.
The following are items to consider when contemplating a boundary change:
- What is the current and projected future enrolment?
- What is the condition of the school(s)?
- Have the schools been involved in another recent boundary change?
- What is the community support for a boundary change?
- Are there irregularities that require correction?
- Will a boundary change affect other schools or programs at the elementary/secondary level?
- What policies or procedures are in place to guide the boundary change?
Ancaster/Dundas/Flamborough French Immersion Boundary Review
At the September 25, 2017, Board meeting, Trustees approved a recommendation to start a French Immersion boundary review for the following schools Ancaster Senior (Grade 7-8), Dundana (Grade 1-5), Fessenden (Grade 1-6), Sir William Osler (Grade 6-8), Sherwood (Grade 9-11), and Westdale (Grade 9-12).
The purpose of the French Immersion boundary review is to align the elementary and secondary French Immersion boundaries with their approved English boundaries for the 2018/2019 school year.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Ancaster Senior Elementary School
295 Nakoma Road, Ancaster
East Hamilton/Lower Stoney Creek French Immersion Boundary Review
At the June 6, 2016, Board meeting, Trustees approved the final decision for both the East Hamilton City 2 and Lower Stoney Creek Accommodation Reviews. Part of this decision included relocating the French Immersion program at Glen Echo and Glen Brae and balancing enrolment between a new program to be located in East Hamilton upon consultation with stakeholders and a new program to be located in Lower Stoney Creek.
This approval requires new boundaries for the East Hamilton and lower Stoney Creek French Immersion schools. The schools involved in the boundary review include A.M. Cunningham, Eastdale, Glen Brae, Glen Echo, Hillcrest, Memorial (SC), and W.H. Ballard.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Glendale Secondary School
145 Rainbow Drive
Ancaster High/Dundas Valley Secondary School Boundary Review
At the October 30, 2017, Board meeting, Trustees approved a recommendation to start a boundary review for the following schools: Ancaster High School and Dundas Valley Secondary School.
The purpose of this boundary review is to align the secondary school boundaries with the already approved elementary boundaries for the 2018/2019 school year.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Dundas Valley Secondary School
310 Governor’s Road, Dundas
November 9, 2017
Boundary Review Advisory Panel Presentation
Green Acres/Lake Avenue Boundary Review
At the June 6, 2016, Board meeting, Trustees approved the final decision for both the East Hamilton City 2 and Lower Stoney Creek Accommodation Reviews. Part of this decision included that a boundary review be undertaken between Lake Avenue and Green Acres Schools upon Ministry of Education approval of the business cases submitted for both accommodation review areas.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Lake Avenue Elementary School
157 Lake Avenue North, Hamilton
Green Acres / Lake Avenue Boundary Review Public Meeting Flyer