Edmonton Public Schools is introducing a Low Enrolment Model to consistently address programs experiencing low enrolment.
This new process will help the Division identify programs with low enrolment at schools. Schools and their school communities will work together to come up with a community-driven plan to increase the number of students in the program before deciding next steps for the program.
It’s important to note that this model only applies to programs with low enrolment. Schools that are experiencing low enrolment overall may be considered for a different future discussion around our Space for Students in Mature Communities initiative.
Families and schools told us in the past they wished they had an opportunity to try and increase program enrolment before a program was removed.
The Low Enrolment Model will give schools a chance to work with families in the program and the school community to come up with a community-driven plan to try to increase enrolment in programs first before deciding next steps.
The new model will use a two-phase approach to address low enrolment programs.
Each year, Edmonton Public Schools will evaluate program enrolment across all Division schools after September 30.
If a program is identified as a low enrolment program, it will move into Phase 1 of the model, which means:
If a program enters Phase 2 of the Low Enrolment Model, next steps will be taken. This will include:
Each fall, Edmonton Public Schools will review program enrolment at all schools after Sept. 30 and contact schools with low enrolment programs. These schools will work with their community on a plan to increase enrolment for the next school year.
For questions or more information about the Low Enrolment Model, contact Programs and Student Accommodation at 780-429-8539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.