To address concerns over schools in South Surrey and White Rock operating over-capacity, the school district is looking into changing the boundaries of the existing catchments – but only for new students.
While additions to existing schools and construction of new ones are long-term solutions the district is implementing to address overcrowding in Surrey schools, they are looking for feedback on their plan to change catchments as a short-term solution.
Catchment changes are meant to “balance enrolment at neighbouring schools in the rapidly growing Grandview Heights area, as well as better align boundaries in the southwest corner of the peninsula,” reads a release from Surrey Schools.
The schools affected by the proposed changes would be Edgewood, Pacific Heights, Sunnyside, Bayridge, Chantrell Creek, Ocean Cliff and Ray Shepherd elementary schools, with two sets of boundary moves. Only new students would be affected by the change, starting Jan. 1.
The first one would be the area of Edgewood Elementary north of 24 Avenue, from which students would go to Sunnyside Elementary, while those living in homes on the south side of 25 Avenue between 162 and 164 Streets would go to Pacific Heights Elementary. Those east of Highway 15 and north of 20 Avenue in the area of Edgewood Elementary would also go to Pacific Heights.
The second proposed boundary move would see students in the area of Bayridge Elementary north of 22 Avenue go to Chantrell Creek Elementary. Those in Bayridge Elementary’s area west of 140 Street/Nichol Road would go to Ray Shepherd Elementary and students in the area of Ray Shepherd west of 130 Street would to go to Ocean Cliff Elementary.
The changes that Surrey school district is proposing would not affect the students or their siblings who are already enrolled in these schools.
“Existing students and their siblings will be grandfathered into the current catchment areas,” the district states.
The public consultation is running until Saturday, Dec. 10 which community members can access online here.