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Updated on November 30, 2016

HWDSB has received the feasibility studies for our secondary schools. Over the next five years, HWDSB will be investing $11 million annually in our secondary schools. Renovations will focus on the following areas:

  • Science Labs
  • Playing Fields
  • Learning Commons
  • Gymnasium Floors

What has been done:

  • Building Addition and extensive interior renovations – completed 2011
  • Science Labs
  • Learning Commons
  • Gymnasium Floors
  • New school boulevard sign

Work in progress or to be completed in 2016/2017:

  • Skylight replacement


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.

How much did the renovations and addition cost?

The final project cost, once completed, was just over $20 million.

What will enrolment be at Waterdown District High School?

The projected enrolment for Waterdown District High School is:

Capacity 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
1,701 1,166 1,205 1,152 1,049 1,091 1,087

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 years 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 Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
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