Attendance Boundaries & Transportation
On May 30, 2016, the Board of Trustees approved the grade configuration for SouthPointe School.
SouthPointe School currently serves students in kindergarten to Grade 6. Junior high grades are being introduced over the next years:
- 2018–2019 kindergarten to Grade 7
- 2019–2020 kindergarten to Grade 8
- 2020–2021 kindergarten to Grade 9
As grades are introduced at SouthPointe School, the new junior high attendance boundaries for the City of Fort Saskatchewan will also take effect. All elementary students designated to SouthPointe School will continue junior high at SouthePointe School. Students who are designated to Rudolph Hennig Junior High will remain at that school until the completion of Grade 9.
New Elementary Boundaries
In April, the Board approved SouthPointe School as the name of the new K-9 school in Fort Saskatchewan. It also approved the new elementary attendance boundaries for the City of Fort Saskatchewan, which take effect when SouthPointe School opened at the start of the 2017–2018 school year. The new attendance boundaries will help ease current utilization issues at elementary and junior high schools in Fort Saskatchewan; provide a more balanced long-term growth strategy between schools; and offer a healthy sense of community at each school.
Families affected by the new elementary attendance boundaries have received a letter in the mail notifying them of their new designated school as of the 2017–2018 school year and how these changes affect their family. In an effort to ensure the new attendance boundaries remain balanced and to mitigate enrolment pressures, grandfathering will not be available. A special exception has been made for a small group of individual students who were directly affected by the 2012–2013 boundary changes in Fort Saskatchewan and were not eligible for grandfathering at that time.
In an effort to ensure the new attendance boundaries remain balanced and to mitigate enrolment pressures, grandfathering will not be available to families affected by the new school boundaries. A special exception for grandfathering has been approved by the Board of Trustees for the individual students who were directly affected by the 2012–2013 boundary changes in Fort Saskatchewan and will be affected again by these new boundaries, as well as their siblings currently in school.
Students directly affected by both boundary changes will have the option of remaining at the current schools in 2017-2018 to complete Grade 6. The Board has also waived transportation fees for these 10 students for that year. Younger siblings currently in school also have the option of being grandfathering and staying at their current schools until they finish all elementary grades. However, a non-designated school transportation fee would apply for these younger siblings for as long as they are grandfathered. A Payride fee may also apply if they live less than 2.4 kilometres from their current school or their newly designated school.