The sooner the new high school is announced, the sooner we can begin construction and take the pressure off our cramped public high schools. Do you agree? Sign the petition below:
The Edmonton Public School Board has been requesting new high school space for the last 5 years
We have requested a new grades 7-12 Windermere (SW: Glenridding Heights) (2400 student capacity)
Junior high and senior high school space in the Riverbend/Terwillegar area is becoming very limited as new areas continue to grow. With no junior high or senior high school space currently in the Windermere area, students will continue to be transported significant distances to go to school.
- Riverbend School, the current designated junior high school, is 89% utilized.
- Windermere Estates is almost double the size of a typical neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is 58% built out, with 1,758 remaining potential single family lots. There are 1,997 lots remaining in Glenridding Heights and Glenridding Ravine neighbourhoods.
- Windermere Estates neighbourhood is projected to have 16,771 residents.
- As of Census 2014, 5,336 people reside in Windermere Estates. There are 335 residing in Glenridding Area, with an anticipated population of 13,548.
- This high school would take significant pressure off of our other schools even as far north as Strathcona and Harry Ainlay.
A request for additional high school space has been made by the board in the previous last five capital plan submissions, not including this years’ draft submission. Focusing on attendance area high school enrolment and space, the High School Accommodation Framework 2016–2019 has concluded that additional capacity is needed now and in the near future to accommodate increasing high school student enrolment in the District. The District will need at least 8,000 additional spaces to accommodate these students, thus new high school requests require increased prioritization.
No new schools were built between 2002 and 2010
The opening of three new schools (two K–9s and one K–6) in the 2016–2017 school year and the scheduled opening of 11 new schools (seven K–9s, two K–7s, one K–6 and one 7–9) in the 2017–2018 school year have relieved some of the immediate enrolment pressures that resulted from no new school construction from 2002 to 2010, despite the rapid student population growth in new suburban areas that occurred during the same time.
Our metrics are comprehensive. We prioritize our school requests for new construction and major additions based on a review of all land development plans, policies and data for the City of Edmonton, and analysis of pre-school and student residency data in suburban areas, including but not limited to: number of current students residing in an area and projected students, the historical pace of development and the amount of development remaining in an area, utilization of the schoolsthat the majority of students residing in the area attend, average distance travelled by the students to their designated school, accommodation of alternative and special education programs, and partnerships, current state of development of the proposed site, new capacity represented by recently funded capital projects, and much more. You can read all about this by searching “Three Year Capital Plan”
More spaces means more program choices
School space and program placement (especially high-demand programs such as French immersion or Mandarin Bilingual), School community renewal projects, new construction opportunities in developing areas, growth of alternative and special education programs, and efficient management of our existing resources is extremely complex. To continue to provide high quality learning environments and supports for students and community members, the District works closely with our partner organizations, where possible. A strong working relationship with our partners at the City of Edmonton has contributed to the initiatives in mature and developing communities. EPSB continues to look for additional opportunities to work with agencies and organizations that support students, their families and the broader community.
Do you agree? Sign the petition!
MINISTER EGGEN: Please announce a new high school in Southwest Edmonton (the top priority of the 2017-2020 EPSB Capital Plan)