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Historic Enrolments by School Family
Enrolments by School Family – Percentage of Total
Historic Enrolments by School
Capacity compared to Enrolment by School Family
Capacity compared to Enrolment by School
Historic Enrolment, Capacity, and District Sustainability 2010 Projections
Table of Data used
Map of schools in district
Enrolment Projections from Ministry of Education
DPAC has been provided with projected enrolments for the individual schools in the district. We have not published this information for two reasons:
- we have sought clarification if this information is meant to be public, and not received this confirmation as yet.
- we are unclear as to the method of calculation used to make the projections, and without determining the assumptions on which this data is based, it is possible that some of the projections could be interpreted as a lack of support for a school or an area.
A “family of schools” as defined by each high school and the respective “feeder” elementary schools.
Data is from the Ministry of Education (thanks for the prompt response!). Some of that data can be accessed here: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/
The capacity numbers have been taken from the district closure report (and previous closure reports).
When considering the number of student spaces in a school building, the ministry has developed two standards of measurement that it uses in considering the replacement or renovation of a building through the ministry capital plan.
The principal standard is nominal capacity. Nominal capacity forms the base line and remains fixed. It is based upon 20 kindergarten students per classroom and 25 students per class, Grades 1 through 12. To recognize adjustments for class size, the ministry has introduced the concept of operating capacity, a modification of the nominal capacity that reduces kindergarten through Grade 3 capacity to 19 students and holds grades 4 through 7 to an average of 22 students. Middle and secondary operating capacities are similar to nominal capacity.
For the purposes of this report, we have introduced the concept of “working capacity.” Working capacity acknowledges that an intermediate or secondary classroom can accommodate up to 30 students. Kindergarten and primary classroom occupancy maximums range from 22 to 24 students per classroom.
Nominal and working capacities have not been modified for Lac de Bois or Heather Park Elementary schools – while they were formerly a junior secondary and a middle school, they are now both elementary schools. The real capacity numbers would therefore have decreased.
Working capacity is also affected by portables. Current portables have been shown, but the history of the portables is not known. If you know when a portable was added or removed from a school, please comment on this post – would love to add that information.
As the analysis has been based on elementary and secondary schools, Heather Park Middle school was divided up, with grades 6 and 7 shown as an elementary school, while grade 8 shows as a secondary school.
The geographical location of each school was done through BatchGeo, using address information from the Ministry of Education. Some schools that were closed in the past have had their location estimated.
The graphs were produced using Tableau Public.