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South Surrey Elementary Boundary Changes 2022

This consultation is now complete. Thank you to all of our parents and community members for their feedback. For more information, please see the letter and boundary maps below.


Letter #3

January 9, 2023

Dear Edgewood Parents/Guardians,

This letter is a follow up on correspondence (see attached pdf below) sent out to parents from the Surrey School District #36, Assistant Superintendent, Lynda Reeve on December 14, 2022.

As previously shared, we have seen rapid population growth in South Surrey, in particular Edgewood Elementary. In September 2023-2024, we anticipate 940 students enrolled at Edgewood. Our current enrollment is 802 students. We would like to outline the processes being set for new Kindergarten registrations and for any new Grade 1-7 students going forward.

The district will close and cap catchment enrollment at 41 divisions with a maximum of 122 kindergarten spots for the 2023-2024 school year. This cap will ensure that students continue to have access to the library, technology, gymnasium, and outside play spaces. This will allow for some growth and prevent overcrowding, while we await the expected completion of Ta’talu Elementary in January 2025.

 

What Will it Look Like at Edgewood?

• While we wait for the completion of Ta’talu, we will see the arrival and installation of seven additional classroom portables, and one portable wash station (bathrooms). This will likely take place during the summer. These new portables will be located on the back gravel field, near the existing portables.

• As we move forward, we will continue our current practice of having separate recess & lunch breaks for primary and intermediate students to optimize access to play spaces for the children, and to maintain supervision. We are fortunate to have such a large playground space for students, and we are confident that the additional portables will not hinder the joyful exploration and adventure of playing outside with friends that our students experience. There is plenty of room to roam, play, and take in the fresh air.

 

What is the Kindergarten Registration Process for the 2023-24 School Year?

• Online registration for kindergarten opens on January 16, 2023 (Click here for Kindergarten registration) All families must register online (all supporting documents must be attached before registration is considered complete).

• Kindergarten students with siblings already attending Edgewood elementary will be given priority for a guaranteed spot if registered before February 16, 2023. Failure to do so before this date will mean that your spot is not guaranteed.

• The remaining kindergarten spots will be filled by a lottery draw (for in- catchment families), conducted by the office at Edgewood.

• An email will be sent to all families with results of the draw by March 10, 2023.

• A Kindergarten waitlist from the lottery list will be maintained for the 2023-24 school year. Spaces will be offered in order of the lottery list if they become available.

 

What Happens Once the 41 Divisions are Full?

• The enrollment cap for the 2023-24 school year will mean that once our classes are full, we will not be adding any more divisions. Once full, families will be supported by the office staff, in finding a space at a neighboring school.

 

As our school continues to grow, we want to ensure that families are well informed. As information comes to us at the office, we will communicate with our families. We are confident that the measures being taken will help reduce the pressures of potential growth at our school, as we await the opening of Ta’talu Elementary and the completion of additions at other South Surrey schools.

We deeply value parent feedback, and we are available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact me directly, either in person or call the office. I am here to support families and my door is always open. :-)

 

Ms. L. Paredes

Principal


Letter #2

December 14, 2022

Dear parents and guardians,

Last month, Surrey Schools began a monthlong consultation on several proposed boundary changes for the South Surrey/White Rock zone to address enrolment pressures from accelerated development and help balance enrolment at neighbouring elementary schools, many of which are operating above capacity.

The results of the consultation, by and large, echoed our concerns around overcrowding and the need for short-term solutions to more immediately address the growing pains of our schools while long-term solutions, such as Ta’talu Elementary and additions to other schools, are under construction. There is no perfect solution for boundary adjustments as rapid growth continues in South Surrey and White Rock.

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, catchment boundary changes will be implemented to Edgewood Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary and Pacific Heights Elementary in the Grandview Heights area, and to Bayridge Elementary, Chantrell Creek Elementary, Ocean Cliff Elementary and Ray Shepherd Elementary in the Ocean Cliff area.

These changes will not apply to students who already attend these schools and their siblings. Existing students and their siblings will be grandfathered into the catchment. As of Jan. 1, 2023, new students in the proposed move areas would attend their new catchment schools.

The district would like to thank all parents and community members for their feedback on the boundary changes. You valuable input continues to guide our process of reshaping our growing school communities.

In addition to the boundary changes, and as referenced in the Oct. 26 Edgewood community letter:

“We also recognize the urgent need for short-term solutions that can accommodate our growing community in the immediate future. Please be assured that we are working on identifying options that will work for families and will communicate further details as they are finalized.”

the district will be required to close and cap Edgewood Elementary at 41 divisions for the 2023-24 school year. Prior to registration opening in January, we will share the process to be used by in-catchment families for new registrations, K-7.

Our district will continue working with the Ministry of Education to increase capacity in our schools based on projected growth in each neighborhood, and to find ways to alleviate overcrowding.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Sincerely,


Lynda Reeve

Assistant Superintendent

Surrey Schools


Letter #1

November 10, 2022

We are facing enrolment pressures at a number of our South Surrey/White Rock schools primarily due to accelerated development in the area. As you are no doubt aware, many of our elementary schools in that area are operating above capacity.

While we are working hard on long-term solutions such as the additions to Sunnyside Elementary, White Rock Elementary and Morgan Elementary, as well as the brand new 26-classroom Ta’talu Elementary and upcoming additions at Semiahmoo Trail Elementary and South Meridian Elementary, the district is also in need of short-term solutions to more immediately address the growing pains of our schools.

The district is proposing several boundary changes to catchments to help balance enrolment at neighbouring schools. There are two distinct areas where there are proposed changes that would affect new students:

  1. Boundary changes to Edgewood Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, Pacific Heights Elementary;
  2. Boundary changes to Bayridge Elementary, Chantrell Creek Elementary, Ocean Cliff Elementary and Ray Shepherd Elementary.

These proposed changes would not apply to students who already attend these schools and their siblings. Existing students and their siblings will be grandfathered into the catchment. 

As of Jan. 1, 2023, new students in the proposed move areas would attend their new catchment schools.

The district is welcoming your feedback on the proposed boundary changes through an online public consultation, running until Dec. 10. You may fill out our consultation survey at this link: Online Survey

Our district will continue working with the Ministry of Education to increase capacity in our schools based on projected growth in each neighborhood, and to find ways to alleviate overcrowding.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Sincerely,

 

Lynda Reeve

Assistant Superintendent

Surrey Schools


Boundary Maps

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Proposed Boundary Move 1: Edgewood Elementary to Sunnyside Elementary and Pacific Heights Elementary

  • The area of Edgewood Elementary north of 24thAvenue is proposed to go to Sunnyside Elementary.
    1. The houses on the south side of 25th Avenue between 162nd and 164th Streets are proposed to go to Pacific Heights Elementary.

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  • The area of Edgewood Elementary east of Highway 15 and north of 20th Avenue is proposed to go to Pacific Heights Elementary.

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Proposed Boundary Move 2: Bayridge Elementary, Chantrell Creek Elementary, Ocean Cliff Elementary and Ray Shepherd Elementary

  • The area of Bayridge Elementary north of 22nd Avenue is proposed to go to Chantrell Creek Elementary.

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  • The area of Bayridge Elementary west of 140th Street / Nichol Road is proposed to go to Ray Shepherd Elementary.

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  • The area of Ray Shepherd Elementary west of 130th Street is proposed to go to Ocean Cliff Elementary.

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