Catchment Review

Catchment Review

What is a catchment boundary?

Every school in the Sooke School District has a catchment boundary. A catchment boundary determines which students in a geographical area are eligible to attend a specific school. Each residential address in the District is linked to a school catchment.

To determine your school catchment by address or postal code please use our school locator.

On this page you will find:

- Why
- Process
- Timeline
- Guiding Principles
- Proposed Changes
- Complete presentation, including maps
- Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Please send us an email.

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Feedback Received as of November, 2020

The "Why"

Sooke School District is engaging in a catchment boundary review consultation process. Why? Simply put, we need to create two new school catchment areas for Pexisen Elementary and Centre Mountain Lellum Middle schools (opening September, 2022). This means that we need to redraw the lines for some of our school catchment boundaries. We asked ourselves "How can we maximize space in our growing district so that we don't have overcrowding in one school and underutilization in another?"

As you likely know, SD62 is the fastest growing school district per capita in BC. The District will continue to work with the Ministry of Education advocating for future schools, but recognizes that the growth will continue while the process unfolds.

Process

The Catchment Consultation Group set out to explore draft options to address all of our school populations. Proposed plans for looking at catchment changes will maintain the current configurations of Elementary K-5, Middle 6-8 and Secondary 9-12. In Spring 2020, the Catchment Working Group studied areas of potential changes, gathered enrolment projections for existing catchments and the identified study areas and developed potential catchment options for the Board to consider.

During its public meeting on April 28, 2020, the Board of Education granted the district permission to explore the proposed changes and engage in a consultation process with families and stakeholders. Consultations will take place in Fall/Winter 2020 and feedback will be presented to the Board of Education for approval/consideration at its monthly Public Board Meeting in December, 2020. Some changes would be slated to begin September 2021, with the majority of changes taking place for September 2022. 

Timeline

Spring 2020: Catchment working group created. Group examined all catchment boundaries, collected enrolment information and identified areas of focus.

Fall 2020: Consultations begins in October, 2020. The working group will meet with and present to:

  • Staff at each school.
  • Parent Advisory Councils at each school.
  • Sooke Parents' Advisory Council.
  • French Advisory Committee.
  • All parents/guardians in a virtual Town Hall meeting.

*Additional meetings and presentations will also take place as needed.

October 28 - November 13: ThoughtExchange opens online to gather feedback

December 2020: Feedback presented to the Board of Education at their monthly Public Board Meeting.

Guiding Principles

  • Follow Board Policy F-502: School Catchment Areas and Student Placement.
  • Proximity to feeder schools.
  • Maximize existing space in all schools.
  • Long-term sustainability.
  • Minimize crossing of major roadways and maximize on current and future safe and active routes to schools.
  • Ensure equity of opportunity and clear K-12 pathways when reviewing programs of choice.
  • Minimize disruptions to students.
  • Grandparent students in their current schools.
  • Provide stability and a transparent process with opportunities for robust public engagement.
  • Use natural boundaries as much as possible.

Proposed Changes

See full presentation for complete information, including catchment maps and details.

Creation of Pexsisen Elementary School catchment boundary

Changes would take place September 2022

  • David Cameron's school population would decrease as many students live in West Langford near Pexsisen. To balance population at David Cameron, boundary line would expand into Ruth King and Colwood.
  • Colwood Elementary population would decrease, creating space. This would allow for English program students residing in Belmont Park to attend a school closer to their home. Currently, the catchment school for English program students from Belmont Park is Crystal View Elementary.

Creation of Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School catchment boundary

Changes would take place September 2022

Elementary school pathways to middle schools as follows:

Spencer Dunsmuir Centre Mountain Lellum

- Lakewood
- Millstream (English)
- Ruth King
- Savory

- Crystal View
- Colwood
- Hans Helgesen
- Sangster
- Wishart
- David Cameron
- Happy Valley
- Pexsisen
- Willway

French Immersion program relocation

Changes would take place September 2022

Elementary

  • Move French Immersion program from Millstream Elementary to Crystal View Elementary. Outside of the Ecole John Stubbs French Immersion catchment, the new French Immersion catchment would consist of Millstream, Lakewood, Crystal View and Savory boundaries.

Middle to Secondary

Changes would begin to take place September 2021

  • Move the French Immersion program to Royal Bay by gradually transitioning students from Belmont.
  • Grade 8 students from Ecole John Stubbs Middle School would begin attending Royal Bay in September 2021.
  • French Immersion students currently at Belmont will complete their dual dogwood at Belmont.

Please note: These are all proposals

Questions? Please send us an email.