2019 Town of Halton Hills Overview

Municipal Overview

The Town of Halton Hills is largely comprised of two (2) urban communities, namely Acton and Georgetown, and a rural community. The urban areas are those where the Board’s five (5) elementary schools and one (1) secondary school are located, along with the vast majority of the area’s student population.

The community of Acton is primarily characterized as an area with maturing neighbourhoods with fewer pockets of growth. As the neighbourhood matures, there is a resulting decrease student aged population and thus decreasing enrolment.

The community of Georgetown has a mix of both mature and new neighbourhoods. The mature neighbourhoods are located in the north (CEH1), and are served by Holy Cross CES and St. Francis of Assisi CES. The newer neighbourhoods are located in the south (CEH2), and are served by St. Catherine of Alexandria CES and St. Brigid CES. Residential growth continues to occur for these two schools due to continued developments in South Georgetown. In addition, the Town of Halton Hills has adopted the Vision Georgetown Secondary Plan, which is a large greenfield development planned for southwest Georgetown (CEH2).

It should be noted that the northern rural portion of the Town of Milton falls within ERA CEH3 and SRA CSH1.

Town of Halton Hills Projections

As demonstrated in the below figure, the total enrolment for the Town of Halton Hills for both the elementary and secondary school panels are projected to increase over time as Vision Georgetown develops and generates new students and demands for space. Existing communities (already built) are also expected to remain relatively stable overall, not showing significant declines overall. As time progresses, monitoring and re-balancing enrolment may be required.

The projection period for the Long-Term Capital Plan (LTCP) is over 15 years, between the 2018-2033 school years. During this time, the Board anticipates the following:

  • Within a 15-year period, the Town of Halton Hills’ elementary panel enrolment is projected to continue growing significantly, increasing from 2,731 students to 3,887 students, representing a growth of approximately 42% overall. Utilization for the elementary panel will increase from 114% to 162% over this period – thus requiring new pupil places.
  • Within a 15-year period, the Town of Halton Hills’ secondary panel enrolment is projected to continue growing significantly, increasing from 1,706 students to 2,129 students, an increase of approximately 25% overall. Utilization for the secondary panel will increase from 126% to 158% over this period – thus requiring new pupil places.

 

Upcoming Projects

Type of ProjectProject DescriptionYear RequiredCPFP Opportunity
Capital ProjectsGeorgetown West CES - CEH1/Holy Cross CES Replacement Facility2020-21Yes
Vision Georgetown #1 CES (Site shared with Vision Georgetown #1 CSS)2022-23Yes
Vision Georgetown #1 CSS (Site shared with Vision Georgetown #1 CES)2025-26Yes
Vision Georgetown #2 CES2027-28Yes
Pupil Accommodation ReviewsProvincial Moratorium in Effect.
School Boundary & Program ReviewsN/AN/AN/A
Renewal ProjectsN/AN/AN/A
Schools with Underutilized SpacesSt. Joseph (A) CES6-15 yearsYes

Projections by Elementary Review Area (ERA)

Description

Overall, enrolment has been stable within this review area and is expected to increase gradually over the long-term as a result of the introduction of a consolidated Extended French (ExF) program from Holy Cross CES and St. Catherine of Alexandria CES (CEH2).

To address accommodation challenges in Georgetown, optional French Immersion (FI) and Extended French (ExF) programming changes were made in 2018, which will take effect for 2019. Additional details regarding program changes are available in CEH1 Overview and Projection Details.

This review area includes mature communities of Georgetown as well as rural communities. Development will largely occur as infill and redevelopment of existing uses for residential uses within the Georgetown urban area.

Schools Involved

Projections

CEH1 Overview and Projection Details

CEH1 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Continue to apply for Ministry funding for a replacement facility to address high renewal needs and capacity constraints at Holy Cross CES (Georgetown West CES).

Long-term (6-15 years)

  • Continue to monitor enrolment.

Description

Enrolment has increased within this area over the past five years and is forecast to increase rapidly over the long term as development in Georgetown South gets completed and development in Vision Georgetown begins.

St. Brigid CES currently hosts regional French Immersion programming and St. Catherine of Alexandria hosts regional Extended French programming. To address accommodation challenges in Georgetown, optional French Immersion (FI) and Extended French (ExF) programming changes were made in 2018, which will take effect for 2019. Additional details regarding program changes are available in CEH2 Overview and Projection Details.

This review area has a mix of maturing neighbourhoods and new communities. Vision Georgetown will be a large greenfield development planned for this area. Students will be held at St. Brigid CES until new elementary schools open within that community.

Schools Involved

Projections

CEH2 Overview and Projection Details

CEH2 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Once development within Vision Georgetown is initiated, the first elementary school (VGE1) will be required by 2022-23 to accommodate students from new development. This elementary school may form part of a JK-Grade 12 school located along the eastern portions of the Secondary Plan. Timing will be further refined by staff once development applications in the Vision Georgetown Secondary Plan area are circulated.

Long-term (6-15 years)

  • Following the opening of the first elementary school in Vision Georgetown in 2022-23, the second elementary school (VGE2) will be required for 2027-28. Timing will be further refined by staff once development applications in the Vision Georgetown Secondary Plan area are circulated.

Description

Enrolment has declined over the last five years and is forecasted to stabilize over the long-term.

The area contains a mix of residential types in the community of Acton, along with rural housing in Halton Hills West. There is limited development potential within this area as lands are protected by the Ontario Greenbelt Plan.

Schools Involved

Projections

CEH3 Overview and Projection Details

CEH3 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Continue to monitor enrolment.

Long-term (6-15 years)

  • If enrolment continues to decline at St. Joseph (A) CES, explore facility partnership opportunities at the school.

Projections By Secondary Review Area (SRA)

Description

Enrolment has been increasing at Christ the King CSS over the past five years and is forecasted to continue increasing over the long-term.

Christ the King CSS hosts regional Extended French programming.

This area contains a mix of mature urban communities in parts of Georgetown, Acton; rural communities; new communities in South Georgetown and proposed developments in Vision Georgetown. The need for one (1) Catholic Secondary School of approximately 1000 pupil places was identified within the Vision Georgetown area.

Schools Involved

Projections

CSH1 Overview and Projection Details

CSH1 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Explore the potential to increase portable capacity at Christ the King CSS. This is dependent on the impact of increased class sizes on utilization.

Long-term (6-15 years)

  • Once development within Vision Georgetown is initiated, a new secondary school (VGS1) will be required by 2025-26 to accommodate students from new development and to alleviate enrolment pressures at Christ the King CSS. This secondary school will form part of a JK-Grade 12 school located along the eastern portions of the Secondary Plan. Timing will be further refined by staff once development applications in the Vision Georgetown Secondary Plan area are circulated.
  • Explore potential for program enhancements and facility partnerships at Christ the King CSS following the opening of Vision Georgetown #1 CSS.
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