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Secondary School Revitalization

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HWDSB’s new North Secondary School will be located at 1055 King Street East (former Scott Park Secondary School site). This beautifully designed secondary school will be constructed to meet the needs of students, while complementing in the adjacent Tim Hortons Field, Jimmy Thompson pool and the new City of Hamilton Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre.

The downtown location allows for a flexible design. It will accommodate 1,250 pupils in approximately 160,000 square foot secondary school with surrounding amenities. The preliminary site design includes a three-storey secondary school, green space and a unique partnership with the City of Hamilton that provides state-of-the-art physical education opportunities for our students.

Please see our New North School Flyer to learn more.

The future secondary school of those living in the Sir John A. Macdonald and Delta catchment areas will be a state of the art facility to meet every student’s needs.

New North Transitions Advisory Committee

  • Approximately 160,000 square foot three-storey school
  • Capacity for 1,250 students
  • Houses students in grades 9 to 12
  • Two-storey cafeteria and drama room
  • Shared open space with community centre

Our Secondary Program Strategy is giving us an opportunity to update our schools with the technologies, tools and environments that students will need for learning, working and living in the 21st century. Our program strategy is making all schools great schools, giving students choice in their local schools, expanding access to specialized programs, and ensuring students achieve and graduate in HWDSB.

We want all students to find what they need in every one of our schools – and we value and support each post-graduation pathway: apprenticeship, college, community, university and work. Some programs are of interest to few students at a limited number of school sites. These require specialized facilities, equipment or funding, and are located based on existing infrastructure, the goal of balancing school enrolments, and evenly distributing specialized programs across the system.

Where is the new school going to be located?

The New North Secondary School will be located  in the area bounded by Cannon Street East, Balsam Avenue North, King Street East and Melrose Avenue North.  The site will also be shared with the new Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre and outdoor green space.  Parking for the new north school will be located on the former Parkview Secondary School site.  The playfield will be an artificial turf field, constructed in partnership with the City of Hamilton, and located just north of Barton Street East.

What elementary schools are associated with the New North Secondary School?

The following elementary schools are associated with the New North Secondary School:

  • A.M. Cunningham
  • Memorial (City)
  • Adelaide Hoodless
  • Prince of Wales
  • Cathy Wever
  • Queen Victoria

How is the Board paying for the New North Secondary School?

The Ministry of Education has provided $31.8 million in funding for the construction of a new, 1,250 pupil place secondary school.

What are the transition plans to bring the two schools together?

The North Transition Advisory Committee will begin closer to the anticipated opening date, with representation from Delta and Sir John A. Macdonald, as well as associated elementary schools. The committee will play a key role as we move from two secondary schools to one. A number of subcommittees will be created, such as school recognition, mascot/logo development, community partnerships , communications, student events and staff collaboration. Meetings will be open to the public and the meeting minutes will be posted online.

What is the role of the Transition Advisory Committee?

The role of the Transition Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the Superintendent of Student Achievement. The committee plays a key role as the school transitions from two school communities to one. Meetings are open to the public. All minutes and agendas are posted online.

Where are the proposed transportation boundaries for the New North Secondary School?

Current board policy states students living farther than 3.2 kilometres are eligible for transportation. Transportation also extends to students living outside of developed urban areas when the walking distance exceeds .8 kilometres. Please click on the map for the walking boundary for students attending the New North Secondary School. Walking Distances New North Secondary School

What will the New North Secondary School enrolment be?

The projected enrolment for the New North Secondary School is:















Please see below for how enrolment projections are calculated.

How does HWDSB staff determine enrolment numbers?

The enrolment projections are made up of two separate components that include the existing school community and students generated by new development. The existing community projections are developed by advancing students through the grades based on historical, by-grade retention rates. The retention rates are grade specific and capture any gains or losses in enrolment that a school may experience as students move from one grade to another. Retention rate methodology is a common practice in Ontario School Boards.

By applying historical student enrolment (by unit type) to municipally approved development forecasts, planning staff have the ability to project the number of students generated by new development. These two components combined make up the enrolment projections. Enrolment projections can be done for a variety of time frames. One year, five year or 10 year projections are typical time frames used by the Accommodation and Planning Division.

There are a number of school specific assumptions that are also captured in the projections. These assumptions can be related to specific programs, board policies that may affect enrolment numbers like out of catchment or new Ministry initiatives such as full-day kindergarten.

Projections are then cross-referenced against historical enrolment trends, population forecasts, Census data and live birth data in order to judge alignment of enrolment numbers against these sources.


Updated on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
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