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Secondary School Revitalization

Nora Frances Henderson

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Updated on November 30, 2015

This new high school will be located southwest of the intersection of Rymal and Upper Sherman. It boasts many design features that will create collaborative learning environments. Learning spaces at Nora Frances Henderson are designed so that students can work together and help each other learn. The Learning Commons (library) is located in the centre of the school. Classrooms share breakout areas where students can collaborate.

The school will also appeal to those seeking an environment that fosters health and wellness. Through its track and field facility, competition-level triple gym, outdoor basketball court and multi-purpose indoor fitness playground, Nora Frances Henderson will help students learn while staying healthy and well.

The school also supports the arts. Students will enjoy the central courtyard for outdoor eating, learning, art and presentations. The school also has a black box theatre for small group performances. Large labs for Transportation, Manufacturing, Construction and Integrated Technology courses will allow students to design and build full-scale projects. The school will also offer a Cosmetology program in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

See our Henderson Flyer to learn more.

Whatever your pleasure, the home of the Huskies will be your home too.

  • 166,000 square foot three-storey school
  • Capacity for 1,250 students
  • Houses students in grades 9 to 12
  • Black box theatre
  • Fitness room
  • Triple gym
  • Artificial turf main sports field
  • Six-lane running track
  • Natural turf practice field
  • 600-spectator bleachers
  • Outdoor basketball court
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Two-storey Learning Commons
  • Central courtyard
  • Technology labs
  • Artificial turf main sports field
  • Natural turf practice field
  • 600-spectator bleachers
  • Outdoor basketball court

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.

Learn more about our specialized programs on our school website.

Where is Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School going to be located?

The New South Secondary School will be located at Rymal Rd. E and Upper Sherman Ave.

The school’s boundary is Upper James St. to the west, the Lincoln Alexander Parkway to the north and Glover Rd. to the east

What elementary schools are associated with Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School?

The following elementary schools are associated with Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School:

  • Cecil B. Stirling
  • Helen Detwiller
  • Lincoln Alexander
  • Ray Lewis
  • Templemead

What will Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School enrolment be?

The projected enrolment for Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School is:















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, November 22, 2016.
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