Orangeville/South Dufferin French Immersion (FI) Boundary Review

Decision - April 26, 2017 

At the Board meeting on April 25, 2017, trustees approved the recommendations of the Orangeville/South Dufferin FI Boundary Review, including the creation of a new FI program beginning in September 2018. The new FI program will be offered at Parkinson Centennial PS (JK-3 FI) and Spencer Ave ES (4-8 FI). 

Parkinson Centennial PS will accommodate JK-3 FI effective September 2018 and Spencer Ave ES will begin accommodating grades 4-5 FI in September 2020, with the program growing to accommodate grades 4-8 FI by 2023/2024. The grade configuration at Princess Elizabeth PS and Mono-Amaranth PS will be altered so that by the 2019/20 school year, Princess Elizabeth PS will accommodate JK-5 FI and Mono-Amaranth PS will accommodate grades 6-8 FI.

The Final Report of the Orangeville/South Dufferin FI Boundary Review outlines the boundary changes in further detail. 

The following FI boundary maps are effective for the 2018/19 school year, with grandparenting exceptions:

Princess Elizabeth PS (JK-5 FI)
Mono-Amaranth PS (Gr 6-8 FI)
Parkinson Centennial PS (JK-3 FI)
Spencer Ave ES (Gr 4-8 FI)


Background

French Immersion (FI) was first accommodated in Orangeville/Dufferin at Princess Elizabeth PS (PEPS) starting in 2009. By 2011/12, growth of the program required that it be split into two locations. As a result, since 2011/12 FI students have attended Princess Elizabeth PS (PEPS) for JK-3 and Mono-Amaranth PS (MAPS) for Grades 4-8.

Since the start of FI in Orangeville/Dufferin, the JK FI cohort size has increased significantly. In the last two years, there have been more than 100 students entering JK FI at PEPS per year. This FI growth has resulted in overcrowding at both PEPS and MAPS. In November 2016, trustees approved the start of a new FI program for North Dufferin at Centennial Hylands ES. As a result of this decision, the immediate enrolment pressure at PEPS and MAPS will be relieved for 2017/18. However, by 2018/19, the projected increase in FI at MAPS means its total enrolment will exceed its maximum capacity.

The Board has initiated a boundary review process to resolve the longer term overcrowding concerns at Princess Elizabeth PS and Mono-Amaranth PS. The Initial Boundary Review Report was presented to trustees at the Business Operations Committee Meeting on February 21, 2017. The final report was presented to Trustees at the Business Operations Committee Meeting on April 11, 2017.

Please click here to view Policy 320 School Boundary Review.

Key Dates 

February 21, 2017 Business Operations Committee Meeting
Initial Boundary Review Report Presented 
       February 28, 2017      Board Meeting
Decision on Initial Boundary Review Report
Opportunity for Delegations
March 23, 2017 Public Information Session
Princess Elizabeth PS - Gym
51 Elizabeth Street, Orangeville
7:00-9:00 pm
Presentation Slides 
Display Boards  
Q & A
April 11, 2017
Meeting in Orangeville 
Business Operations Committee Meeting
Alder Recreation Centre
TD Canada Trust Room (A and B)
275 Alder Street
Orangeville

Final Boundary Review Report Presented
Opportunity for Delegations 
    April 25, 2017    Board Meeting
Decision on Final Boundary Review Report
Opportunity for Delegations

Public Information Session

A public information session was held on Thursday, March 23 at Princess Elizabeth PS - 51 Elizabeth Street, Orangeville. This meeting provided parents and the public an opportunity to learn about Staff's preferred option and ask questions or provide feedback on the review. 

Feedback

The deadline to provide feedback for consideration in the final report was Thursday, March 30. Feedback received after March 30 is not included in the final report, but will be provided to trustees for consideration.

Documents

Delegations

Individuals are welcome to speak to the Board as a delegation at any Regular Board or Standing Committee meeting.

To appear as a delegation you must apply in writing to the Board Chair no later that noon on the Wednesday before the scheduled Tuesday meeting date. 

For more information on delegating the Board, please visit the Board Meetings webpage.