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South Surrey Elementary Catchment Boundary Consultation 2019

Please review the catchment boundary options below and provide your feedback in our ONLINE SURVEY.


February 13, 2020: Important Boundary Consultation Update

Dear Parents or Guardians,

The South Surrey-White Rock area of the school district continues to experience rapid growth predominantly due to new building developments and Neighbourhood Concept Plan (NCP) approvals.

As such, the district has worked with the Ministry of Education to secure two new elementary schools that are under construction (Site 180, 17325 2nd Ave., and Site 206, 16666 23rd Ave.), and an additional elementary school (Site 207, 1960 164A St.) is expected to have Ministry approval soon.

To prepare for the opening of the new schools, new catchment boundaries need to be established for the region and include the existing catchments of East Kensington, Hall’s Prairie, Morgan, Pacific Heights, Rosemary Heights and Sunnyside Elementary schools.

The district’s Programming and Facilities Planning Committee (PFP) reviewed and refined five boundary and program location options and presented the options during a community engagement process in the fall of 2019. More than 150 parents, students and staff participated in this consultation. Thank you to all those who came out to the public forums, completed the survey, sent emails to the District and shared their opinions. We appreciate your feedback which has helped shape our direction.

To manage anticipated growth across the region, consideration must be given to capitalizing on the existing and projected space to balance enrolment primarily on the east side of Highway 99. The options considered the magnitude of the growth and overcrowding in the region. During the consultation process, there were many opposing community desires that were identified in the community forums, online surveys and emails. Staff considered community feedback, and, will be implementing the following changes:

Effective January 2021 (or upon inception of instruction of Site 180):

  • Existing Hall’s Prairie students will move to Site 180 in January 2021 or earlier, if construction timelines are advanced. Students that currently attend Hall’s Prairie that are out of catchment will have the option of continuing to Site 180 or returning to their neighbourhood catchment schools.
  • The Montessori Program, currently at Sunnyside Elementary will move to Site 180 in January 2021 or earlier, if construction timelines are advanced. Students in the Montessori program that are out of catchment will have the option of continuing to Site 180 or returning to their neighbourhood catchment schools. Only students in the Montessori program that are also residents in the newly defined Sunnyside catchment area will have the option of remaining at Sunnyside.
  • East Kensington will continue to host the environmental theme-based EKOLogy program and will expand, starting with grade 5 next year.
  • Students who reside in the current East Kensington catchment will be redistributed to Pacific Heights, Site 206 or Site 180 dependent on address. The catchment for the EKOLogy program will be district-wide.
  • Hall’s Prairie will continue to host education programing, and staff will work with the Board to determine optimal programming supporting the district and community.

Effective September 2021 (or upon inception of instruction of Site 206):

  • A phased transition will occur for boundary realignments for Rosemary Heights, Morgan and the northern portion of Sunnyside and will impact all new students residing in these areas, effective September 2021.
  • All students currently in the Pacific Heights and Sunnyside catchment that are captured in the new Site 206 catchment will report to their new school. This will be an immediate move for all students K – 7 (if September 2021) or K – 6 (if Spring 2021).

The Surrey Board of Education received staff’s report at the Public Board Meeting on Feb 12th and have had many opportunities for input and guidance as we have proceeded consistent with the Board’s direction for the district.

We wish to extend our thanks to the community and stakeholders for your input and participation in these consultations and we look forward to opening new schools and to supporting our programs in South Surrey/White Rock. We also look forward to continuing to plan for further expansion in Dart’s Hill and Redwood Heights in our long range planning.


November 26, 2019: The South Surrey Consultation 2019 FAQ is now online, including questions from the three community forums at Morgan Elementary, Hall's Prairie Elementary and Sunnyside Elementary. The FAQ will be updated as more information becomes available.


November 6, 2019

As the walls are coming up at new elementary schools in South Surrey, the process of establishing new catchment boundaries has begun – and we want students and parents to have a say.

Site 180 (17325 2nd Avenue) and Site 206 (16666 23rd Avenue) are scheduled to open in 2021 and will have space for 1,177 students, easing overcrowding at nearby elementary schools.

The goal in developing new catchment boundaries is to ensure student numbers are balanced between nearby elementary schools. In South Surrey, these include East Kensington, Hall’s Prairie, Morgan, Pacific Heights, Rosemary Heights and Sunnyside elementary schools.

The district has created five options for the South Surrey consultation. All options aim to finding that balance, while also taking into consideration future residential growth and Choice Program locations.

This consultation will be an opportunity to define the culture and character of new school communities. Parent and student input are an important part of this process.

The catchment boundary options for South Surrey can be reviewed here online and in a downloadable Information Package. There are maps illustrating the proposals, with accompanying charts that provide further details about each option.

Input is being sought via an online survey. The survey is also available in written form at the individual schools, or can be printed here and returned to your school. Feedback can also be submitted by email to consultations@surreyschools.ca.

A series of community forums is scheduled to share information with the South Surrey communities about the potential boundary changes. Each forum runs from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.:

November 18 – Morgan Elementary, 3366 156A Street
November 19 – Hall’s Prairie Elementary, 18035 8th Avenue
November 20 – Sunnyside Elementary, 2828 158th Street

The information presented will be the same at each forum. Feedback is being accepted until the consultation period ends December 18.


South Surrey Boundary Options

For more detailed information, please read the Information Package.

South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Current Boundaries South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option ASouth Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option B

South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option CSouth Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option DSouth Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option E


October 10, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Surrey Schools is excited about the opening of two brand new elementary schools in the South Surrey community.

Site 180, located at 17325 2nd Avenue, and Site 206, located at 16666 23rd Avenue, are scheduled to open in September 2021.

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These beautiful new facilities will provide inviting and engaging learning environments for students and serve as hubs for the evolving South Surrey community. These two new elementary schools will also relieve the enrolment pressures at Sunnyside, Pacific Heights and Hall’s Prairie elementary schools.

As part of the process for opening new schools, the School District establishes catchment boundaries. Boundary reviews will include the East Kensington, Hall’s Prairie, Morgan, Pacific Heights, Rosemary Heights and Sunnyside communities.

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As parents and guardians living in the South Surrey community, the School District is inviting your input and feedback on catchment boundary options. The School District is coordinating a consultation process in early November so you can easily contribute your views and suggestions.

In early November, please watch for further information being sent home. A dedicated website will be available for information and comments at this time.

In addition, evening forums will be held in mid-November for South Surrey-area school communities to share their feedback and ideas about the potential boundary changes. Times and locations of the consultation forums will be included in the early November information package that will be sent home.

The consultation concludes December 18th. Community contributions and comments will be summarized by staff in a report to the superintendent, which will be presented to the Board of Education in the spring. Please feel free to share your input and suggestions during the consultation process.

Surrey Schools look forward to hearing from you.


For more information about Site 180 and Site 206, visit our School Construction Progress chart and Project Details page.


  
  
Board Report - South Surrey Catchment Boundary Consultation.pdf
  
Public Board Meeting Consultation Presentation - February 2020.pdf
  
South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Communtiy Forums PowerPoint.pdf
  
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South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Feedback Form.pdf
  
South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Information Package.pdf
  
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South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option B.png
  
South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option C.png
  
South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option D.png
  
South Surrey Consultation 2019 - Option E.png
  
South Surrey Consultation 2019 FAQ.pdf
  
South Surrey Elementary Boundary Review Decisions - Parent Letter.pdf
  
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