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MICHAEL PHAIR 7-9 (WEBBER GREENS)

GRADE LEVEL AND STUDENT CAPACITY

Michael Phair School in Webber Greens (Lewis Farms) will accommodate:

  • Grade 7-9
  • 900 students

The Lewis Farms area is a collection of neighbourhoods in west Edmonton. The new school will be located in the Webber Greens neighbourhood at 9407 211 Street NW at the northwest corner of the site.


ATTENDANCE AREA BOUNDARY 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas about attendance areas for Michael Phair School. We heard from some of you at our information meetings and from many more of you through our online survey. Please know your feedback helped us make our decisions.

APPROVED ATTENDANCE AREA 

The Superintendent has approved the following attendance area for Michael Phair School:

  • The following neighbourhoods are designated to Michael Phair School: Breckenridge Greens, Kinglet Gardens, Pintail Landing, Potter Greens, Rosenthal, Rural Winterburn, Stewart Greens, Suder Greens, Webber Greens and Westview Village.
  • All students currently attending Winterburn School in Grades 7-8 will be redirected to Michael Phair School, effective for the 2017-18 school year.
    • It is anticipated that Winterburn School will become a K-6 school. Grades 7-9 will no longer be offered.
  • Michael Phair School will have an open attendance boundary, which means any student may pre-enrol at the school. A random selection process will be used if there is not enough space to accommodate all interested students.
  • Yellow bus service is not provided for junior high students. Edmonton Transit is the preferred mode of transportation.

VIEW: Michael Phair School Attendance Area Map (PDF)

HOW WE MADE THE DECISIONS

We chose an attendance area that would allow as many students as possible to attend a school close to home, and we did our best to keep families and communities together. We also made careful decisions to make sure the school doesn’t fill up too quickly while communities are still growing. This is a lesson we learned from opening other schools in new areas.

YOUR FEEDBACK

Public feedback supported the decision to make Winterburn School a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school and move Grades 7-9 to Michael Phair School instead. The communities of Kinglet Gardens and Pintail Landing also indicated that Michael Phair School would be their preferred designated school closest to home.

MANAGING GROWTH

Every student who pre-enrols will get to attend their designated school. Michael Phair School has an open attendance boundary, which means that, if there’s still room at the school once students from the primary attendance area are accepted, students from outside the attendance area will be chosen by random selection.

The school will carefully manage enrolment to make sure there’s room for new students who move into the school’s primary attendance area, and we hope this will minimize the need to change attendance areas in the future.

For questions about the attendance area decision, contact the Planning department at 780-429-8539.


WINTERBURN SCHOOL JUNIOR HIGH PROGRAMMING CLOSURE

As part of this decision, the Superintendent will ask the Board of Trustees to consider a motion to close the junior high program at Winterburn School.

Under the Closure of Schools regulation in the School Act, closing three or more consecutive grades requires a formal school closure process. The Superintendent will also ask the Board of Trustees to consider a motion to have the Board Chair write a letter to the Minister of Education, asking for an exemption to the formal closure consultation process because we addressed the closure during our attendance area consultations for Michael Phair School last spring.


REGISTRATION 

In February, schools start accepting registration for students who are new to the District. More information will be available in early 2017 including:


STATUS OF CONSTRUCTION


SCHOOL NAME 

The new school in Webber Greens is named after Michael Phair, a former Edmonton city council member and the first openly gay elected official in Alberta. The Board of Trustees approved this school name, along with the names of four more new schools at a public meeting on June 23, 2015.