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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?

Learn more about the Boundary Review Process through the Boundary Review Policy and Procedure, or email us at planning@hwdsb.on.ca.


Current Boundary Reviews:

Waterdown Accommodation Strategy (Flamborough Centre, Mary Hopkins, Allan A. Greenleaf, Balaclava and Guy B. Brown)

Purpose

December 21 Update:

During the public boundary review meeting on Monday, January 22, 2024, you are invited to participate and provide feedback on the potential Waterdown Temporary Accommodation Strategy. The meeting will take place at Waterdown District High School (15 Parkside Drive, Waterdown) at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. If you require interpretation or child-minding services to participate in the public meeting, please reach out to your school’s principal. Click here to read the letter.

HWDSB staff will provide an overview of the proposed boundary change, answer questions and gather input from community members. You can also visit the Engage HWDSB project to provide feedback online. 

For your awareness, an advisory panel with representatives from school councils will meet on January 11, 2024. The advisory panel will review the potential Waterdown Temporary Accommodation Strategy and provide feedback to HWDSB staff prior to the public boundary review meeting. 

December 7 update:

At the December 4, 2023, Board meeting, three additional HWDSB schools were added to the short-term accommodation strategy discussions to potentially help relieve accommodation pressure at Flamborough Centre and Mary Hopkins. The additional schools are Guy B. Brown, Allan A. Greenleaf, and Balaclava elementary schools.

HWDSB will stop the review and initiate a new temporary accommodation review including the new schools mentioned above. HWDSB staff will be reaching out to the affected school communities to discuss the process and next steps. The advisory panel will be meeting in January 2024 before another public meeting on January 22, 2024. Click here to read the letter.

Background:

At the May 8, 2023, Board meeting, Trustees approved a temporary short-term accommodation solution, via the Boundary Review process (Policy and Procedure), to help relieve enrolment pressure at Mary Hopkins Elementary School.  The approval was through the Facilities Master Plan Accommodation Strategy Schedule.  The objective of the proposed short-term accommodation strategy is to address the pressure and impact the Mountainview Heights development has on both Mary Hopkins and Flamborough Centre. Click here to read the letter.

Advisory Panel Meetings

Public Meetings

January 22, 2024:

During the public boundary review meeting on Monday, January 22, 2024, attendees provided feedback on the potential Waterdown Temporary Accommodation Strategy. The meeting will took place at Waterdown District High School (15 Parkside Drive, Waterdown) at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

HWDSB staff provided an overview of the proposed boundary change, answered questions and gather input from community members. You can also visit the Engage HWDSB project to provide feedback online. Click here to read the letter.

November 30, 2023:

An in-person meeting regarding the boundary review changes took place at Mary Hopkins Elementary School on Thursday, November 30.

Community voice is important at HWDSB. We encourage families to consider participating by offering feedback for Board consideration. For more information on the Boundary Accommodation process, please refer to the letter sent on October 26, 2023.

Gatestone/Shannen Koostachin Boundary Review

Purpose

In the fall of 2023, East Glanbrook and Upper Stoney Creek boundaries will be reviewed in accordance with an order by the Board of Trustees. This review will consider Gatestone Elementary School and  Shannen Koostachin Elementary School boundaries.

The review was announced at the April 13 Finance and Facilities Meeting, and is scheduled to be approved at the May 8 Board Meeting. 

Click here to read the letter.

Advisory Panel Meeting

Public Meeting

An in-person meeting regarding the boundary review changes took place at Gatestone Elementary School on Tuesday, December 5.

Community voice is important at HWDSB. We encourage families to consider participating by offering feedback for Board consideration. For more information on the Boundary Review process, please refer to the letter sent on October 20, 2023.

If you require translation services and/or child-minding services so you can participate in the public meeting, please reach out to your school’s principal.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact [email protected].


Previous Boundary Reviews:

West Hamilton Secondary French Immersion Boundary Review

Purpose

On September 30, 2019, the Board of Trustees approved the following motion:

That the initiation of a secondary French Immersion (FI) boundary review between Westdale and Sherwood to align secondary boundaries with elementary FI boundaries for the 2020/2021 school year be approved. 

Advisory Panel Meeting

January 29, 2020
Presentation| Minutes

Public Meeting

February 6, 2020
Presentation | Minutes

Central Mountain Secondary Boundary Review

Purpose

As part of the 2019 Long Term Facilities Master Plan Schedule, a Secondary boundary review including Nora Frances Henderson, Sherwood and Sir Allan MacNab was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 15, 2019. This approval requires that staff initiate a Boundary Review to realign the elementary and secondary Central Mountain boundaries.

The schools involved in the boundary review include Pauline Johnson, Ridgemount, G.L. Armstrong, Franklin Road, and the three secondary schools.

Boundary Review Parent Letter

Advisory Panel Meeting

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Boundary Review Advisory Panel Presentation | Activity | Minutes

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Presentation

Public Meeting

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Presentation | Minutes

Ancaster/Dundas/Flamborough French Immersion Boundary Review

Purpose

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.

Public Meeting

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Ancaster Senior Elementary School
295 Nakoma Road, Ancaster
6 p.m.

Public Meeting Presentation

Advisory Panel

Final Decision

At the December 18, 2017, Board of Trustee meeting, Trustees approved that the elementary and secondary French Immersion boundaries be approved for the 2018/2019 school year.


Ancaster High/Dundas Valley Secondary School Boundary Review

Purpose

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.

Public Meeting

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Dundas Valley Secondary School
310 Governor’s Road, Dundas
6 p.m.

Public Meeting Presentation | Minutes

Advisory Panel

Final Decision

At the January 29, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting, Trustees approved that the secondary English boundary between Ancaster High and Dundas Valley Secondary Schools be approved for the 2018/2019 school year, and that all Ancaster Senior Grade 8 students living within the boundary for Beverly Central community, may choose to attend either secondary school (Dundas Valley or Ancaster High), with transportation being provided. This shall apply to all Ancaster Senior Grade 8 students graduating in 2018, 2019 and 2020.


East Hamilton/Lower Stoney Creek French Immersion Boundary Review

Purpose

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.

Public Meeting

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Glendale Secondary School
145 Rainbow Drive
6 p.m.

Public Meeting Presentation | Minutes

Advisory Panel

Student Transitions

Final Decision

At the February 26, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting, Trustees approved that existing French Immersion students living within the new East Hamilton and Lower Stoney Creek French Immersion catchments, continue attending Glen Echo and Glen Brae and relocate to the new area French Immersion schools as identified through the East Hamilton – Lower Stoney Creek French Immersion Boundary Review for September 2020.

Trustees also approved that students currently attending A.M. Cunningham will continue to move to Glen Brae for Grade 6 until June 2020.


Green Acres/Lake Avenue Boundary Review

Purpose

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.

Green Acres and Lake Ave. Boundary Review Parent Letter

Final Decision Letter

Public Meeting

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Lake Avenue Elementary School
157 Lake Avenue North, Hamilton
6 p.m.

Green Acres / Lake Avenue Boundary Review Public Meeting Flyer

Public Meeting Presentation | Minutes

Advisory Panel

Final Decision

At the January 29, 2018, Board of Trustees meeting, Trustees approved ammending the English JK-8 boundary for Green Acres (JK-8) and Lake Ave. (JK-8).


Summit Park Boundary Review

Purpose

At the June 12, 2017, Board meeting, Trustees approved the Accommodation Strategy Schedule. The Accommodation Strategy Schedule includes a boundary review to create a JK-8 boundary for the new school on the Summit Park site, located on the corner of Keystone Crescent and Bellagio Avenue south of Rymal Road East. The schools involved in the boundary review include Billy Green, Janet Lee, Tapleytown and the new school on the Summit Park site.

The goals of the boundary review are to:

  • Create a new K-8 boundary for the school on Summit Park site by modifying Billy Green, Janet Lee and Tapleytown boundaries.
  • Balance enrolment, reduce accommodation pressure, reduce reliance on temporary accommodation and improve walk-ability.

Parent Letter – March 6, 2018

Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Billy Green Elementary School
1105 Paramount Drive, Stoney Creek
6 p.m.

Public Meeting Presentation | Minutes

Advisory Panel

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Advisory Panel Presentation | Minutes

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Advisory Panel Presentation | Minutes

Final Decision

At the May 28, 2018, Board of Trustee meeting, Trustees approved that that the JK-8 boundary for the new school in the Summit Park Neighbourhood be approved for the 2019/2020 school year.

Updated on Friday, February 16, 2024.
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