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West End Schools – What’s Happening and What YOU Need to Know

Dozens of changes were approved by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board this past week and the Citizen reported them. The board has voted to close six west-end schools including D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School, Century Public School, Grant Alternative School, J.H. Putnam, Greenbank Middle School and Leslie Park Public School.

Others will experience programming changes with regards to French Immersion and Special Needs Classes. Many schools will have grades added or removed. Some will also have additions put on to accomodate for larger student numbers. Many schools’ boundaries will be changing. The changes are expected to all take place effective September 2017 in time for the new school year.

Courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen, the below is a list of the complete changes:

Bell High School

Grades: Expands to include Grades 7 to 12

Building: $3.91 in renovations, including a new basketball court, learning commons, renovated science lab, weight room/spin room. Trustees also agreed to pay, if needed, for busing to another gym until the basketball court is finished to make sure teams have time to practise.

D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School

Closing

Where students will go: Bell High School

Bayshore Public School

Grades: Expands to JK to Grade 6

Programs: Retains English program, expands to include EFI in Grade 1 in September 2017, adding one grade a year.

Lakeview PS

Grades: Expands to JK to Grade 6

Boundaries: JK and SK students in the new Bayshore EFI boundary area will be redirected to Bayshore PS. The Bayshore area will be phased out of the Lakeview EFI attendance boundary as EFI is introduced to Bayshore PS.

Bells Corners PS

Grades: Expands to become JK to Grade 6

Merivale High School

Grades: Expands to include Grades 7 to 12

Programs: International Baccalaureate program will be be phased in, beginning with Grade 9, as soon as the board receives IB certification, which could take two years.

Boundaries: Some students now in the Brookfield High School and Glebe Collegiate attendance boundaries will be redirected to Merivale, although students now at Brookfield or Glebe can chose to remain there until they graduate.

Building: $3.21 million in upgrades, including gym, classroom and science lab renovations and classroom/music/computer lab renovations for Grade 7-8 students.

Carleton Heights PS

Grades: Becomes JK to Grade 6. Grade 7 and 8 students go to Merivale High School.

Sir Winston Churchill PS

Grades: Becomes JK to Grade 6. Grade 7 and 8 students go to Merivale High School.

Programs: The dual support program class relocates to D. Roy Kennedy

Century PS

Closing

Where students will go: Carleton Heights PS

Regina Street PS

Programming: Will switch to an alternative school specializing in outdoor education. Students who want to remain in the English program will go to D. Roy Kennedy.

Grant Alternative School

Closing

Where students will go: Regina Street PS

D. Roy Kennedy

Boundaries: English program boundary will expand to include current catchment area for Regina St. PS. Students in the former Greenbank Middle School MFI boundary — bounded by Baseline Road, Woodroffe Avenue, Hwy. 417 and both sides of Morrison Drive — are redirected to D. Roy Kennedy, but they and their siblings will be permitted to continue at the designated schools.

SevernAvenue PS

Programming: Converts to EFI, beginning with Grades 1 to 3 in September 2017 and adding one grade a year. Grade 7 and 8 may be added later.

Where English program students go: Students living north of Carling Avenue will be redirected to D. Roy Kennedy PS, with a onetime option for them and siblings to attend Pinecrest PS. Students living south of Carling Avenue will be redirected to Pinecrest PS.

Boundaries: A new EFI catchment area is created that includes that part of the current Woodroffe Avenue EFI area bounded by Hwy. 417 to the south, the Transitway to the east, and the Lakeview PS EFI boundary to the west.

Woodroffe Avenue PS

Grades: Becomes JK to Grade 8

Programming: Grade 7 EFI starting in September 2018 and expanding to Grade 8 EFI in 2019

Boundaries: Some JK to Grade 2 students in the catchment area for Severn will be transferred to that school, but those with a sibling at Woodroffe will be given a one-time option to continue at Woodroffe. J.H. Putman EFI students in Grade 7 and 8 who live north of Hwy. 417 transfer to Woodroffe starting with Grade 7 in September 2018.

J. H. Putman

Closing: As soon as an addition is built at Agincourt Road PS. Staff estimate that will be in September 2019.

Where students go: Grade 7 and 8 EFI students who live north of Hwy. 417 will be redirected to Woodroffe Avenue PS, beginning with Grade 7 in September 2018. Grade 6, 7 and 8 EFI students who live south of Hwy. 417 will be redirected to Agincourt Road PS. English students will be redirected to Pinecrest PS.

The autism class will be relocated to Sir Robert Borden High School and the behaviour intervention class will be relocated to D. Roy Kennedy PS, in both cases after the addition to Agincourt is built.

Agincourt Road PS

Grades: Becomes JK to Grade 8 once addition is built

Building: An addition will be built, pending funding from the province, to house intermediate students.

Programs: Becomes EFI only JK to Grade 5 English program will move to Pinecrest PS when the addition is open.

Sir Robert Borden High School

Grades: Expands to include Grades 7 to 12

Building: $2.59 million in upgrades, including 300 more bike racks, new lockers, learning commons, keyboard lab and music room, and relocating math office to create space for Grade 7 and 8 students

Greenbank Middle School

Closing

Where students will go: Sir Robert Borden High School, except for Gifted EFI class, which relocates to Bell High School.

Leslie Park PS

Closing

Where students will go: Briargreen PS, except for the autism classes, which move to Woodroffe Avenue PS.

Knoxdale PS

Boundaries: Students in the MFI boundary for Grades 4 to 6 bounded by Baseline Road, Woodroffe Avenue, Hwy. 417 and both sides of Morrison Drive will be redirected to D. Roy Kennedy, but students and their siblings will  be permitted to continue at designated schools.

 

2017-04-11T21:43:47+00:00

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