Why school boundaries?
School attendance areas or boundaries are necessary to create school communities that are appropriately sized for the capacity of each school facility and to accommodate sustainable student enrolment. York Region schools offer a variety of school programs and school boundaries are selected to accommodate a school’s long-term projected enrolment. Portable accommodation is used during a community’s peak enrolment period or to accommodate students awaiting new schools or additions.
Why do boundaries change?
Changes to school boundaries may be required for reasons that include:
- opening of new schools
- enrolment growth/decline
- closure of schools
- demographic shifts in the community
- additions to existing schools
- program changes
Board Policy 108, Student Accommodation - Attendance Areas and Student Transfers details the circumstances and the process under which boundaries may be changed. The Board’s Boundary Review Process ensures that attendance areas are reviewed annually.
Alexander Mackenzie HS - Presentation (PDF) (PDF)
November 16, 2020
Langstaff SS - Presentation (PDF)
November 18, 2020
Ross Doan PS, Roselawn PS, Sixteenth Avenue PS - Presentation (PDF)
November 25, 2020
Public Meeting - Presentation (PDF)
February 24, 2021
Poplar Bank PS, Clearmeadow PS, Maple Leaf PS - Presentation (PDF)
Primary Dual Track French Immersion Program
December 9, 2020
Archived School Boundary Information and Community Presentations are available.
How are boundaries changed?
The Boundary Review Process begins each year in September with the identification of areas that require reviewing by the Superintendents of Schools. Trustees, Principals, Planning and Transportation staff then determine the extent of the changes that are required and create options for review. These options are taken to the Property Management Committee of the Board for information and comment in October. After a public consultation period is completed, the Superintendent of Schools takes proposed boundary changes to the March Board meeting for trustee approval.
How is the community involved?
The Board recognizes the importance of a thorough Public Consultation process. This is accomplished through committees, presentations and open houses at local schools. School Councils are an important link in the process and are consulted prior to final boundary change decisions. Community members can participate in a variety of ways including attending meetings, reading newsletters, completing feedback forms and speaking with Board staff. The consultation period usually takes place between October and January. Longer consultation periods may occur as recommended by the Superintendent of Schools.
Public Information Sessions are advertised through local newspapers, school newsletters, School Councils and the Board website. Delegations may also be made to the Board of Trustees regarding proposed boundary changes by contacting the Director’s office prior to the Board meeting.
Prior to the implementation of new boundaries, the Superintendent of Schools develops a communication plan to ensure that all those who are affected receive information about the changes.