Proposed School Boundary Revisions

The Richmond School District’s Board of Education gathered valuable information from the public during its consultation on the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) from February – June 2019. Subsequent to the approval of the LRFP, district staff reviewed all school catchments and identified opportunities to align boundaries, reduce the number of major road crossings, and develop options to reduce the number of split-feeder elementary schools.

The District is now beginning the next phase of facilities planning. It is important to note that families that have a child currently attending a school with a proposed school boundary revision will:

  • not be affected by the boundary revision,
  • have the choice to remain at the school in their current catchment or transfer to a school in their newly proposed catchment,
  • have the choice to enrol any siblings in their current catchment or their newly proposed catchment.

Who is affected?

As of September 2020, all new students living in an adjusted catchment area will be part of the newly formed catchment.

All school boundary revisions can be found in the “Proposed School Boundary Revisions” section on the right-hand side of this page. Only those schools impacted by a boundary revision will be listed.

If you have any feedback, please respond by November 15, 2019 by providing your comments online or by submitting written feedback to your school. The Board of Education is committed to a robust consultation process and will:

  • Authentically engage in an inclusive and meaningful way;
  • be accountable to maintain and grow our relationships in an honest, transparent, and responsible way;
  • and listen in order to make decisions that are best for our students.

All comments will be considered prior to the Board of Education making a decision on the proposed boundary revisions on December 11, 2019.


学区通告

2019年2月至6月期间关于长远设施规划(Long Range Facilities Plan, LRFP)的公众咨询为列治文学区的教育委员会提供了极为有价值的信息。在长远设施规划经批准之后,学区工作人员审阅了所有学校的校区分界,确认了有关校区边界划分、减少主要道路交通口数量,并发展方案用以减少多选生源小学的数量。

于2019年10月21日起,列治文学区将开始下一阶段的设施规划。如果您所在的校区分界将面临任何改动, 您所在的学校校长将会与您沟通。值得特别注意的是,如果您家中的孩子目前就读的学校将会面临校区分界改动,你的家庭将:

  • 不受校区边界改动的影响,
  • 可以选择按照目前的校区分界升学, 或按照新校区分界申请转学去新校区内的学校,
  • 可以选择按照目前的校区分界注册任何兄弟姐们入学,或按照新校区分界注册入学新的校区。


谁会受到影响?

2020年9月起,居住在新校区分界的所有 新生 入学申请, 将按照新校区分界分配入学。

如果您有任何回馈,请于2019年11月15日之前在Let’s Talk网站上留下您的评论,或向您的学校提交书面回馈意见,学务委员会致力于创建一个健全的咨询流程,并将:

  • 真正地以开放包容,积极有意义的方式进行意见征询;
  • 全力打造诚实、透明、负责的相互关系;
  • 倾听意见,为学生做出最佳决策。

学务委员会将在2019年12月11日作出决议以前, 考虑所有收获的建议。

The Richmond School District’s Board of Education gathered valuable information from the public during its consultation on the Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) from February – June 2019. Subsequent to the approval of the LRFP, district staff reviewed all school catchments and identified opportunities to align boundaries, reduce the number of major road crossings, and develop options to reduce the number of split-feeder elementary schools.

The District is now beginning the next phase of facilities planning. It is important to note that families that have a child currently attending a school with a proposed school boundary revision will:

  • not be affected by the boundary revision,
  • have the choice to remain at the school in their current catchment or transfer to a school in their newly proposed catchment,
  • have the choice to enrol any siblings in their current catchment or their newly proposed catchment.

Who is affected?

As of September 2020, all new students living in an adjusted catchment area will be part of the newly formed catchment.

All school boundary revisions can be found in the “Proposed School Boundary Revisions” section on the right-hand side of this page. Only those schools impacted by a boundary revision will be listed.

If you have any feedback, please respond by November 15, 2019 by providing your comments online or by submitting written feedback to your school. The Board of Education is committed to a robust consultation process and will:

  • Authentically engage in an inclusive and meaningful way;
  • be accountable to maintain and grow our relationships in an honest, transparent, and responsible way;
  • and listen in order to make decisions that are best for our students.

All comments will be considered prior to the Board of Education making a decision on the proposed boundary revisions on December 11, 2019.


学区通告

2019年2月至6月期间关于长远设施规划(Long Range Facilities Plan, LRFP)的公众咨询为列治文学区的教育委员会提供了极为有价值的信息。在长远设施规划经批准之后,学区工作人员审阅了所有学校的校区分界,确认了有关校区边界划分、减少主要道路交通口数量,并发展方案用以减少多选生源小学的数量。

于2019年10月21日起,列治文学区将开始下一阶段的设施规划。如果您所在的校区分界将面临任何改动, 您所在的学校校长将会与您沟通。值得特别注意的是,如果您家中的孩子目前就读的学校将会面临校区分界改动,你的家庭将:

  • 不受校区边界改动的影响,
  • 可以选择按照目前的校区分界升学, 或按照新校区分界申请转学去新校区内的学校,
  • 可以选择按照目前的校区分界注册任何兄弟姐们入学,或按照新校区分界注册入学新的校区。


谁会受到影响?

2020年9月起,居住在新校区分界的所有 新生 入学申请, 将按照新校区分界分配入学。

如果您有任何回馈,请于2019年11月15日之前在Let’s Talk网站上留下您的评论,或向您的学校提交书面回馈意见,学务委员会致力于创建一个健全的咨询流程,并将:

  • 真正地以开放包容,积极有意义的方式进行意见征询;
  • 全力打造诚实、透明、负责的相互关系;
  • 倾听意见,为学生做出最佳决策。

学务委员会将在2019年12月11日作出决议以前, 考虑所有收获的建议。

Please feel free to provide any comments or feedback regarding the proposed school catchment revisions: 

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

We live in the McRoberts catchment and currently the school is less than a ten minute walk and probably 3 minute bike ride from our house. The proposed change of the school boundary now would turn the commute to almost half an hour by foot. My child would have to cross both Garden City and No4 Road to reach McNair. This does not make any sense at all since McRoberts is closer and he would only have to cross Williams street to reach McRoberts. The boundary change would only increase car traffic because many families would have to drive their kids to school instead of letting them walk or bike. It not only increases carbon footprint and discourages the kids to walk. As well it does completely the opposite of reducing major road crossings. We purposely moved to the area to attend McRoberts school, how can the school board decide to just change school boundaries without consulting or getting a vote from the families? This is unacceptable and my family 100% disagrees with the change

Alan about 2 months ago
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We currently live in the Duns area which is scheduled to remain in the Westwind catchment. McMath is less than a five minute walk from our front door. It is insanitary to think my child should walk 40 mins to and from school to home everyday. This is ridiculous. Our family is completely 100% not in favorite to this change. It would affect future salability of our home! Not cool.

Melh about 2 months ago
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It’s understandable that the district aims to eliminate the model where an elementary school feed into two different secondary schools. However, there is a much stronger case to send all of Westwind to McMath rather than to Steveston-London. If the district must choose one, it needs to be McMath. Perhaps more French Immersion elementary schools can feed into McRoberts as a solution.Trustees, you must find an answer to McMath’s overcrowding that doesn’t force out its neighbours.

SD about 2 months ago
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I live just next to the Mcmath Secondary, my backyard shares with same fence with the school. I feel it's ridiculous to revise the boundary like that, is it reasonable to take 10 minutes to drive my kid to another school instead of his one minute walk to Mcmath school. I purchase the property because of the convience to school. I know it won't affect his school now, however it 's unrational to make the revision like that. I sincerely suggest the staff of the school board should do more reserch before they make the revision proposal.

AmyNie about 2 months ago
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The boundary changes for McMath Secondary will discourage students from walking to school. Currently, students living on Garry Street (close to Railway) would walk to McMath. With the proposed change, this would turn into parents driving kids to school. The school district is supporting climate change actions but at the same time forcing parents to drive their kids to school. I believe these changes are unfair to new residents in the Steveston neighborhood. Public schools are designed to by 'community-based' schools.

KG about 2 months ago
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I totally disagree with the proposed McMath to Steveston-London catchment change. Kids living on the west side of Railway can walk to McMath in <10 mins without any major road crossing. With the proposed change, students will need to walk >40 mins to attend Steveston-London and also have to cross major roads including Steveston hwy. This does not make any sense. Please reconsider and keep the west of Railway in the McMath catchment boundary.

jhwang about 2 months ago
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I live in the western part of the Walter Lee catchment. I do not agree with changing our highschool catchment from McRoberts because rather than crossing one major road (Williams) and have to travel less than a km, our two children would need to cross 2 major roads (Garden City & No. 3 Rd) and travel more than twice the distance to get to McNair. Instead there should be a rebalancing of elementary catchment areas, as we are considering applying for cross boundary for Kindergarten at Errington because it is much closer than Lee. It makes no sense to force families to travel twice as far to a catchment school when the goal is to minimize distance and increase safety. Thank you for your consideration.

Goodmurphy about 2 months ago
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For the McMath to Steveston-London proposed boundary change, we can't expect students to commute so far when 317 students are attending McMath cross-boundary in order to take French Immersion. These students cannot be allowed to take seats from students who live minutes away.Clearly, French Immersion must be moved to a school that is currently underused. Many such schools exist in Richmond.Parents who are currently driving their children to school can drive them elsewhere. Students who can walk metres to school must be allowed to do so.

RG about 2 months ago
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We live at Granville Ave and Gilbert Road. My son is in Richmond Secondary School now and he just need 3-5 minutes walk to school. My daughter is in Blundell Elementary now and according to the Proposed School Boundary Revisions, she will go to Steveston London in the future. However, the new catchment secondary school is much farther away than Richmond Secondary. Why should the home address in Granville Ave move to Steveston London?

GemHuang about 2 months ago
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I don't agree with the boundary revision between McRoberts and McNair Secondary. Instead of taking 5 mins walk from our home to McRoberts, it will take 15 mins drive to McNair. Why???

ashinshin about 2 months ago
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I do not agree with the change in Mitchel boundary. My husband and I bought a presale place within the Mitchell Elementary school area in the hopes that my son would be able to go to Mitchell in September 2020 and fall within priority 2: living within the catchment. With this new boundary, we will no longer reside within the Mitchell catchment. I really hope you will consider not putting the Mitchell - NcNeely proposal in place, postpone the effective date to 2021, or make sure the new boundary does not affect families that already reside or purchased a property within the catchment prior to September 2020. Please reconsider.

KiKi about 2 months ago
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We live in Hamilton, I already have a child currently attending McNair, it would not make sense to send a sibling to CambieAlso there has been comments showing that if there is no room in the school bus for McNair the sibling will have to take public transportation, which does not make sense, so please arrange enough school buses in the area to transport the kids to McNair as many siblings will still want to go to the same high school.

Gomez about 2 months ago
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I was a student at Steveston Secondary and a student at McMath Secondary during its opening years. The walk home from Steveston Secondary (which was closer then Steveston-London is) would take me a hour to walk each way to school everyday. It was a relief for all my neighbourhood once Mcmath opened as we would not have to walk along busy Steveston Hwy and would just walk out our backyards for a quick 3 minute walk to McMath. The decisions for this catchment to change makes absolutely no sense to me as McMath was built to accomodate the Steveston Neighbourhood and I feel that this would be a division of Steveston. What sense is it to have my daughter walk 3km each way everyday to school instead of the 500 meters to Mcmath?

Dana Friedsam about 2 months ago
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One of the reasons you list for the proposed changes, is a reduction of the number of road crossings, yet you ignore Hamilton. The school bus from Hamilton to McNair takes from 30 to 45 minutes. It would be much easier for these students to attend Cambie. They would get to and from school much quicker. Students from Hamilton wake up at 6:45am to catch the morning bus at 7:25 to go to McNair and arrive back home around 4:00pm. That is too long of a commute for kids and keeps them away from home for too long! Also if students are dismissed early or they miss the bus they are hooped. Public transit would take them an hour to get home. Whereas if they attended Cambie, they could easily take public transit if need be. Please consider changing the Hamilton catchment to Cambie.

Hamiltonisalwaysignored about 2 months ago
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Good day,We are leaving at westside of Railway & our current catchment secondary school is McMath which is approx. 12 min walk from our home. my daughter is studying at Westwind elementary school at the moment & it doesn’t make sense at all she will go potentially to Steveston-London for approx. 45 min walk instead. My wife & myself are working full time & our working hours is not match with our kid start & finish school time, so she has to go to school with her own risk which we do not want at all. in addition, we don’t want any risk for our kid’s safety by much more longer walk due to increase chance of any accident or unsafety matter unless having free school bus service Please consider to cancel this plan.Thanks for your co-operation in advance.

ASLCI about 2 months ago
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I am completely disagree with McMath changing boundaries. It is not safe for our kids to go to Stveston- London which they have to cross roads and intersections. I think this changes will impact our kinds safety and we as a parent won't have peace of mind while we are at work. We reside in an area that is 10 min walk away from McMath (our current catchment) and 45 min walk from Steveston-London. With the new proposed boundary revisions, my daughter would have to go for 45 min walk to Steveston-London. Both my husband and myself work full time and she has to walk to school. Please note our kids should walk on Rainy and dark Winter mornings! Please think about our kids safety and our community.

sherry_h about 2 months ago
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I respectfully disagree with the plans to change the boundaries for the McRoberts area. A lot of these kids have attended Whiteside for a number of years, and form connections with kids from McRoberts through their leadership program. They look forward to going to McRoberts afterwards. We cross one intersection that is a tiny bit safer than at the No. 4 and Williams intersection. I think you are getting a lot of complaints about the McMath boundaries changing, as many of those developments were done with the McMath being the catchment school for those communities. Perhaps instead of looking at numbers person propose these changes, you should have a geographer do a location analysis, and look at the demographics, communities and traffic patterns to determine what would be a more sensible for any proposed changes.

Wing0125 about 2 months ago
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not thought out properly.I do not understand how moving the physical community of McMath & moving it to Steveston/London makes any sense. Mc Math field is bordered by 3 complexes. 1 BC housing & 1 co-op. Why, knowing the socio economic demographic of children (including my own) who live less than 20ft from Mc Maths field (not even a road to cross!!!!) would you force these kids to commute 3 kilometers to and from school everyday. You say these boundaries are being revised to “reduce the number of road crossings” this is not the case for the many many children surrounding McMaths field. In fact you are doing exactly the opposite, taking a commute of zero road crossings & increasing it to a commute with 9 (9!!!) road crossings! I strongly encourage you to revise this proposed revision & leave the current catchment boundaries in place.

Amykoop about 2 months ago
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Please reconsider!! This doesn't make sense at all. It would take about 5 minutes for our kids to walk to McMath on the path behind our home without having to cross any streets at all. Keeping the McMath catchment at least to Railway makes sense so all the kids who live in the green belt corridor can walk to school (as they have every morning for years!!).

JMPoon about 2 months ago
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If I stood at my front door and threw a rock I would hit McRoberts . But that ain't my catchment ? I gotta get in my car and fight the school traffic in front of my house just to get to my catchment school traffic? While I'm at it I might as well sit in the tunnel traffic just for fun!

South arm Blues about 2 months ago
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