Construction of extra classroom space at Surrey’s T.E. Scott Elementary won’t be ready until later this fall.

School’s in! Here we grow again

School expansions, portables and flex schedules all part of the mix in Surrey.

The number of students in Surrey has inched up this year, and even though new classrooms will be available, it’s also expected more portables will be needed.

In all, there will be about 70,207 students filing into Surrey schools next week, up from 69,745 students at this time last year.

That growth is almost all in elementary schools.

The number of secondary students this year has dropped by 169, while the number in kindergarten to Grade 7 is ballooning by 629.

To help accommodate that population, an expansion of Newton’s T.E. Scott Elementary will be opening later this fall, providing eight new classrooms.

A new Hazelgrove Annex re-opened last year with four classrooms and will have eight available this year. All of those classroom spaces will be for kindergarten students. Roughly half of the new school additions from last year will be used for kindergarten as the province moved to an all-day kindergarten program last fall.

For secondary students, some schools, including Sullivan Heights and North Surrey Secondary are moving to a flex schedule.

The flex schedule increases a school’s capacity by about 10 per cent by adding an extra block of time. It was deemed in a recent report to be the most preferable of three options to accommodate Surrey’s growing number of students.

Lord Tweedsmuir and Earl Marriott adopted a flexible schedule last fall to help combat overcrowding issues at those high schools.

The district will also be forced to use a few more portables this year than last, bringing the total student-occupied portables to 260 to 265 (others are used for storage or administrative purposes).

In Delta, the projected enrolment continues to drop, just as it for the past several years. About 15,440 students are expected, down slightly from 15,560 students last year. The district isn’t expecting any school closures as a result of the drop in enrolment.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Collision in Surrey breaks axle off SUV

Two people were reportedly sent to hospital

Students spend night in White Rock shelter

Students hear powerful stories about homelessness on the Semiahmoo Peninsula

A look at White Rock’s next council agenda

Following a public hearing, council will hear annual reports from a number of its committees

‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbour’ event bridges gap on Semiahmoo Peninsula, association says

Event serves as an educational space for residents in South Surrey-White Rock

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Security camera records hatchet attack on Langley store owner

Target escaped uninjured, but was ‘upset’ by incident

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

Goaltender David Tendeck turned aside all 38 Prince George shots for his WHL-leading third shutout

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

Most Read