Terrace Ridge School ThoughtExchange

Dear Terrace Ridge School Parents/ Guardians: 

As you know Terrace Ridge School is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. It is a testimony to the commitment from parents in an equally expanding area of Lacombe, and to the excellent work of our teachers and staff at the school. But with growth comes challenges. 

Student capacity of Terrace Ridge School is 362, but this school year we have already exceeded that at 392 students, or 108.29% of utilization. This growth trend will continue each year and by the 2023-2024 school year Terrace Ridge School will be operating at 122.93% capacity. 

To that end, we have initiated a comprehensive review of the current grade configuration of Terrace Ridge School and other schools in the Lacombe sector, to prepare a report with options for February 6, 2020 board meeting. 

A crucial part of this review will be feedback from you as parents and guardians. We’d like you to consider the following question:  

In a scenario where there is a change in the grade configuration of Terrace Ridge School for September 2020, what are some important considerations and questions to inform this decision?

WCPS will be gathering your thoughts regarding that question through a ThoughtExchange, which is an online engagement tool. The ThoughtExchange is open until from Nov. 22 to Dec. 20. 

We value your input and encourage you to share your thoughts with us, and we are committed to sharing that feedback with you. We understand the prospect of change is often difficult. Regardless of the outcome, the goal is to honour students, staff and parents. 

Sincerely, 

Jayson Lovell
Superintendent

Terrace Ridge School | Grade Reconfiguration Review and Engagement

What brought us to this point?

Each fall the Board reviews all enrollment data, while keeping an eye on utilization rates across WCPS. This happened in October. 

Terrace Ridge enrollment/utilization was of particular interest due to growth trends and City of Lacombe development plans. 

Wolf Creek applied for and was successful in requesting two additional portables for Terrace Ridge School (added two years ago) due to enrollment/utilization. 

Terrace Ridge School is capable of adding two additional portables on the north-east side of the school. 

Requesting two additional portables must factor in the overall enrollment/utilization projections of the entire Lacombe sector. 

Portables are not the ultimate solution, as enrollment projections in Figure 1 show enrollment beyond capacity at Terrace Ridge School. 

Figure 1

Wolf Creek also has other schools serving Lacombe in the same grade ranges at Terrace Ridge School. École Lacombe Junior High School serves grades 7-9 (Figure 2), École Lacombe Upper Elementary School serves grades 4-6 (Figure 3) and École James S. McCormick School which serves Pre-K to Grade 3 (Figure 4).

Figure 2

Figure 3

Figure 4 

The Board sets out school attendance zones within a community, essentially determining which schools serve which areas and neighbourhoods of a community. In examining how best to address the capacity and utilization issues at Terrace Ridge School, the Board will be looking at the possibility of a grade reconfiguration at Terrace Ridge (ie, moving a grade or grades to another of the Wolf Creek schools serving Lacombe, as early as the next school year).

How does the ThoughtExchange work?

The ThoughtExchange is an online engagement tool that allows you to share your thoughts on a question. All thoughts posted are anonymous, and you can read others' thoughts, rank and star them depending on to what degree they connect or resonate with you. 

The ThoughtExchange question is: 

In a scenario where there is a change in the grade configuration of Terrace Ridge School for September 2020, what are some important considerations and questions to inform this decision?

 

To Participate in the ThoughtExhange now, CLICK HERE

The ThoughtExchange will be open until December 20, 2019. 

What is the next step after the ThoughtExchange?

The Board is committed to seeking authentic input and ensure understanding of the implications of a change in grade configuration. 

The ThoughtExchange is open to parents, and its results and emerging themes will be combined with feedback gathered through Superintendent meetings with staff and school council. 

That feedback will be taken to the Board to analyze as it weighs a path forward to best manage enrollment growth above capacity at Terrace Ridge School, and find a balance with concerns expressed through this engagement. 

We understand the prospect of change is often difficult. Regardless of the outcome, the goal is to honour students, staff and parents to ensure optimal teaching and learning conditions. 

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding around this process.