Savory elementary kindergarten students Ariel Buchanan

Kindergarten crunch: West Shore baby boom hits elementary schools

Sooke School District planned for the sea of incoming kindergarten students, expect relief in two years

A sea of children five years old and younger is swamping the West Shore.

For September 706 students registered for kindergarten in the Sooke School District. It is very close to last years numbers, but in 2008-2009 school year the kindergarten enrolment was 574. The number keeps growing and superintendent Jim Cambridge anticipates its continuing rise.

“Every year we plan for the number of kindergarten students we are getting in,” Cambridge said. “This year we are losing 500 Grade 12s and increasing by 200 kindergarten students. We are trying to create room.”

Some elementary schools such as Happy Valley and Lakewood elementary schools are already at capacity for kindergarten students. Some students even living near these schools will have to travel to attend a school with room.

“We are telling new parents to these areas that there is no room at the school, but we can accommodate for older grades,” Cambridge said.

SD 62 planned for the growth, Cambridge said crediting it to to “changing trends.”

“In the Wishart area, a lot of families moved in 15 years ago and now their kids are grown up, but the families didn’t move,” he said explaining why some, including Wishart, David Cameron and Savory elementary schools, have room to accommodate new students.

“We don’t have a lot of room, but we will be a pickup school. No matter what school you get into every school in the district provides a very high calibre education, social responsibility, new initiates and literacy to its students,” said Jane Penn, principal of Savory elementary school. “The new k’s will be a part of all the vibrancy of this growing district.”

Since adding the French immersion program to Millstream elementary this year, that school is at capacity as well, Cambridge said.

In 2015 SD 62 plans to move Grade 6 students out of elementary school and into middle schools.

 

“That will give some relief in two years,” Cambridge said.

 

 

Just Posted

Oak Bay artist co-op highlights autobiographical Snapshots showcase

Snapshots runs from June 4 to 22 at Gage Gallery, 2031 Oak Bay Ave.

Federal government actions hurt Sooke hatchery fundraising efforts

Funding denial comes on the heels of fishing closures

SD62 student places third in province-wide French competition

12-year-old Sasha Zandieh won third with a speech on poet Pablo Neruda

Jesse Roper learns to create fire in the wild, in Sacred Knowledge web series

Ragnarock Studios production shares primitive skills with Islanders

Island athlete goes from hoop dreams to icy track

Cyrus Gray hopes to punch his ticket to Olympics in bobsleigh

Police release photos of suspect in daytime sex assault at Vancouver woman’s home

A young woman, in hers 20s, was followed home by the man, before he violently attacked her inside

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Most Read