Sherwood Park Boundary Consultation - 2018

Note: At the March 21st EICS Board of Trustees meeting, the EICS Board voted unanimously in support of moving forward with Option 5 as the model for the Sherwood Park Boundaries Consultation. These changes will not take place until September of 2019 to allow the EICS Board of Trustees, administrators and staff to have sufficient time to make the necessary infrastructure and programming changes needed for a seamless transition for both students and staff. To read the news release, please click here. 

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During the first months of 2018, Elk Island Catholic Schools (EICS), we will be reaching out to our EICS family (parents, students, staff and community members) to look at future boundaries that will serve us for a number of years moving forward.  Essentially, Sherwood Park is a very fast-growing community and our population has climbed 24.2 % over the past 10 years and our student numbers have increased by over 700 students.  We need to look forward to how we can best serve our population within our existing schools while the population continues to increase in certain areas of our community. 

It is important to emphasize that the division will be opening this open and transparent consultation on January 9, 2018 and that no pre-conceived decisions have been made.  All the information that will be guiding the process, such as demographics and future growth models for each of the schools is available for context on the Sherwood Park Boundaries Consultation page. 

What are we asking for in this consultation?  

School populations throughout the Sherwood Park EICS schools are not balanced with some schools experiencing overcrowding while others are only minimally full. We want to hear from parents, staff and community members in the EICS family on how the EICS Board can better distribute the EICS school population for long-term sustainability by making a decision to either change the grade configurations at schools or review the boundaries for each of the Sherwood Park schools.

In order to assist with the discussion, we have created a listing of common questions that are being asked in the current consultation that may assist you.  Please click here to view it.  

 The Sherwood Park Boundary consultation will comprise the following steps:

  •  Early January: ThoughtExchange consultation will be emailed to all Sherwood Park EICS parents and a link available on our website 
  •  Early February: Results of the ThoughtExchange and possible options are shared with participants and in coffee house meetings
  •  Mid-February: Deadline for feedback on the options
  •  Early March: Preferred option is brought back to the community 
  • March 21st EICS Board of Trustees vote on the recommended option 


In order to assist the EICS community in wading through the complicated issue of boundaries, we have created an information package for each of the existing schools in the boundary area, including current and forecasted enrolment and also expansion plans (for possible portables) for each school on the following pages. This will create a realistic picture of what the needs are currently and where demographics are changing so as possible options can be created with the most information possible.  If you would like any questions answered or assistance with the consultation, please reach out to EICS Communications and (780) 449-7487 or eicstalks@eics.ab.ca and we would be pleased to assist.   

 Sherwood Park Quick Facts     

Please take a look at the following map which gives an overview of enrolment for the entire Sherwood Park area based on grade throughout the years 

Sherwood Park Enrolment Demographics 

Sherwood Park Current K-4 Boundaries 

Sherwood Park Current 5-8 Boundaries 

 Currently, the majority of school-aged and upcoming school-aged children are concentrated in 3 main areas:

  • Westboro in the south-west
  • Foxboro in the south-east
  • North of Baseline Road

Central Sherwood Park, east of Sherwood Drive, which includes Brentwood and Glen Allen, is currently experiencing a shift in demographics where younger families are moving into the area as the older population is moving out.  Based on current forecasts, EICS will not qualify for a new school until at least 2027 when total utilization for the community reaches 85%. 


Future Growth

Development in Sherwood Park is currently occurring in the following areas, which are being developed and serviced:

Aspen Trails

Hillshire 

Emerald Hills

Salisbury Village 

Cambrian Crossing, which will be north of HWY 16 has had its Area Structure Plan approved, however there is currently no timeline for servicing.

 

 

      

Archbishop Jordan Catholic School

ABJ is a 9-12 school for the Sherwood Park urban and rural areas. The school is at 94% utilization and can accommodate an additional 12 modular classrooms on its site. EICS is requesting 10 classrooms for the 2018-19 school year as its number 1 priority. Current enrolment projections indicate that ABJ can accommodate enrolments until 2030 should it receive 12 modulars during that time.

The following documents show the enrolment projections for ABJ and the expandability analysis.

To visit the school website, please click here.

 

École Père Kenneth Kearns Catholic School

École Père Kenneth Kearns Catholic School is a K-4 school that serves as the French Immersion school for the Sherwood Park urban and rural areas. The school is at 57% utilization and is anticipated to grow at the rate of the overall Sherwood Park region. The site of the school cannot accommodate any additional modular classrooms.

The following documents show the enrolment projections and expandability analysis for EPK. 

To visit the school website, please click here.

 

 

Holy Spirit Catholic School

Holy Spirit is a K-8 school that serves a portion of Northern Sherwood Park (excludes Emerald Hills, Aspen Trails and Cameron Ridge. Holy Spirit is at 96% utilization and lacks classroom space to accommodate the projected enrolments in 2018-19. Holy Spirit’s site cannot have any additional modular classrooms and has converted all available space possible for classroom instruction.

Population is anticipated to continue to grow due to large 0-4 children in its catchment as well as the substantial population that will come from the Summerwood North development.

The following documents show the enrolment projections and expandability analysis for Holy Spirit.  

To visit the school website, please click here.

 

Jean Vanier Catholic School

Jean Vanier is a K-4 school that serves as the English program for the south-east urban and eastern rural areas around Sherwood Park as well as the Ukrainian bilingual program. Jean Vanier is at 59% utilization and its site cannot accommodate any further modular classrooms.

The population is anticipated to grow as more young families move into the Glen Allen and Brentwood neighborhoods, strong numbers from Foxhaven continue and as the population grows from the new Hillshire subdivision. It is anticipated that once Hillshire is fully developed that Jean Vanier will lack space to accommodate the population in its boundary.

The following documents show the enrolment projections and expandability analysis for Jean Vanier.   

To visit the school website, please click here.

 

Madonna Catholic School

Madonna is a K-4 school that serves as the English program for the south-west urban and south-western rural areas around Sherwood Park as well as the Brighter Beginnings program. Madonna is at 47% utilization and its site cannot accommodate any further modular classrooms.

Population is anticipated to grow as population grows from the Aspen Trails, Emerald Hills, Salisbury Village and Cambrian subdivisions. Based on current enrolment numbers, just as many students in MCS boundaries north of Baseline attend Holy Spirit, which is closer, as attend Madonna. Current population forecasts assume a closed boundary at Holy Spirit in future years and see significant growth in a few years as numbers come in from Aspen Trails, Emerald Hills and Salisbury Village. Growth continues into the medium term as Cambrian begins to develop.

The following documents show the enrolment projections and expandability analysis for Madonna Catholic School. To visit the school website, please click here.

To visit the school website, please click here.

 

 

 

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School is a 5-8 school that serves as the French Immersion school for the Sherwood Park urban and rural areas. The school is at 51% utilization and is anticipated to grow at the rate of the overall Sherwood Park region. The site of the school requires additional washroom space before it can expand but after could accommodate an additional 7 modular classrooms. 

The following documents show the enrolment projections and expandability analysis for École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School. 

To visit the school website, please click here.

 

St. Theresa Catholic School

St. Theresa is a 5-8 school that serves as the English program for the south urban and rural areas around Sherwood Park as well as the Ukrainian program. St. Theresa is at 66% utilization and its site can accommodate 10 additional modular classrooms.

The population is anticipated to grow as the population grows from the Aspen Trails, Emerald Hills, Salisbury Village, and Cambrian subdivisions. Current population forecasts assume a closed boundary at Holy Spirit in future years and see significant growth in a few years as numbers come in from Aspen Trails, Emerald Hills, Hillshire and Salisbury Village. Growth continues into the medium term as Cambrian begins to develop.


The following documents show the enrolment projections and expandability analysis for St. Theresa Catholic School. 

To visit the school website, please click here.