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Growth Control Model


Edmonton Public Schools is introducing a Growth Control Model to help manage enrolment at schools.

Schools will move through the different levels of the model as their enrolment changes. The model will help ensure schools don’t get too full and allow as many students as possible to attend a school close to home.

How the Growth Control Model Works

The model has three levels to address enrolment. As enrolment changes, schools can move up or down levels. 

Growth Control Model pyramid

Level 1
Schools at Level 1 have an enrolment limit established. At this level:

  • students from the designated attendance area are guaranteed access during pre-enrolment.
  • the school can accept students from outside the attendance area if there’s space.
  • the school may go to random selection if the number of applicants exceeds available space.

Level 2
Schools at Level 2 are nearing capacity. At this level, schools may:

  • only accept students from the designated attendance area.
  • not accept students from outside the attendance area.
  • reclaim leased spaces.
  • close the attendance area boundary. Only students in the designated attendance area can enrol.
  • add portables or make modifications to existing spaces to create room, if possible.

Level 3
Schools at Level 3 have reached capacity. At this level, schools will:

  • only accept new students from the designated attendance area; however, these students are not necessarily guaranteed to attend.
  • implement a lottery process for new students from the designated attendance area who wish to enrol at the school.