Keeping our Community in the Loop
As our communities grow so do we. The Pembina Trails School Division is dedicated to addressing enrolment and school capacity challenges. We are working hard to find the best possible solution for our students.
What we plan to do:
It is important to note, these decisions were guided by our Divisional Policy JC which aims to have students attend a school close to their home whenever possible. Some exceptions may arise with students in French Immersion and High School.
If your child is in French Immersion:
- École Bonnycastle School moves forward as a Kindergarten to Grade 4 dual track school.
- Students living south of Bison Drive will attend École St.Avila for Grades 5-6 and École Viscount Alexander for Grades 7-8
- Students living north of Bison Drive will attend École Viscount Alexander for Grades 5-8
- Students in Grade 9-12 will attend Vincent Massey
If your child attends English programming:
- Kindergarten to Grade 4 will go to Bonnycastle
- Students in Grade 5-9 will attend Arthur A. Leach
- Grades 10-12 will have a choice to attend Fort Richmond or Vincent Massey (status quo)
What does this mean for Arthur A. Leach School?
- Grade 5 is added
- Arthur A. Leach School Administration will request portables for September 2015. A contingency plan is already underway in case the portables are delayed.
- Once the school in South Pointe opens, Schools of Choice will be reopened at Arthur A. Leach as space permits.
What happens when the K-8 dual track school in South Pointe opens?
- All students attending Bonnycastle who live in the South Pointe catchment move to the new school.
What makes this the best solution?
- It keeps student populations together. Those who will eventually attend school in South Pointe will be placed in the same classrooms. Students get to stay with their friends and when the school in South Pointe is open they will make the transition together.
- It minimizes disruptions of families in multiple communities. This plan does not require changing boundaries of numerous schools.
- English program students can attend schools close to home.
- It creates stability in the community as catchment lines aren’t changing from year to year.