2021 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. This community is served by St. Joseph (A) CES.

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 community of Georgetown will also be undergoing additional significant growth as the Vision Georgetown Secondary Plan (CEH2) advances.

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

The total enrolment for the Town of Halton Hills for both the elementary and secondary school panels is 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 2020-2035 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 2,737 students to 4,126 students, representing a growth of approximately 51% overall. Utilization for the elementary panel will increase from 114% to 179% 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 1,641 students to 2,268 students, an increase of approximately 38% overall. Utilization for the secondary panel will increase from 122% to 168% over this period – thus requiring new pupil places.

Town of Halton Hills Overall Enrolment Projection

Upcoming Projects

Type of ProjectProject DescriptionYear RequiredCPFP Opportunity
Capital ProjectsGeorgetown West CES - CEH1/Holy Cross CES Replacement Facility2022-23Yes
Vision Georgetown #1 CES (Site shared with Vision Georgetown #1 CSS)2024-25Yes
Vision Georgetown #1 CSS (Site shared with Vision Georgetown #1 CES)2025-26Yes
Vision Georgetown #2 CES2028-29Yes
Pupil Accommodation ReviewsProvincial Moratorium in Effect.
School Boundary & Program ReviewsN/AN/AN/A
Renewal ProjectsSt. Joseph (A) CES Renewal2020-21No
Schools with Underutilized SpacesSt. Joseph (A) CES6-15 yearsTBD

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). Enrolment is forecasted to increase slightly over 100% utilization at Holy Cross CES over the long-term. It should be noted that Holy Cross CES also has one of the highest renewal needs in the Board and cannot accommodate portables on site.

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

  • Holy Cross CES
  • St. Francis of Assisi CES

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. Catherine of Alexandria CES is expected to host regional French Immersion programming from Grade 1-5 and Brigid CES is expected to host regional French Immersion programming for Grade 6-8 once the program is fully phased in. Enrolment pressures in the short term have been reduced at St. Brigid CES through FI and ExF programming changes from 2019. Site Capacity at St. Brigid CES will be exceeded starting in 2025 until additional elementary schools are built.

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

  • St. Brigid CES
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria CES

Projections

CEH2 Overview and Projection Details

CEH2 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Once development within Vision Georgetown is initiated, the first elementary school (Vision Georgetown #1 CES) will be required by 2024-25 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 2024-25, the second elementary school (Vision Georgetown #2 CES) will be required for 2028-29. 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

  • St. Joseph (A) CES

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 currently hosts regional Extended French programming. The school will also start to host regional French Immersion programming starting in 2021.

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

  • Christ the King CSS

Projections

CSH1 Overview and Projection Details

CSH1 Recommendations

Short-term (1-5 years)

  • Continue to monitor enrolment.

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.
Erica Emery2021 Town of Halton Hills Overview