Student enrolment numbers are up at most SD69 schools. (PQB News file photo)

Student enrolment numbers are up at most SD69 schools. (PQB News file photo)

Enrolment numbers tick up in Qualicum School District for fall of 2022

Superintendent says catchment changes help balance school enrolment

Enrolment numbers are up at most School District 69 (Qualicum) schools this fall.

Overall head count at the district’s high school and elementary schools rose from 4,073 to 4,186, compared to last year, according to data provided by superintendent Peter Jory.

Catchment changes implemented last year have helped balance enrolment, Jory added. He pointed to Springwood Elementary in Parksville, which is down under capacity again and now able to use its multipurpose room for its intended use.

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Also notable is École Oceanside Elementary School enrolment is up by more than 50 students, mostly on the English side.

Enrolment in the Collaborative Education Alternative Program (CEAP) decreased from 442 to 321 learners.

When calculated for student hours (online students often only take one or two courses at a time, while some high school students may take more than eight courses), the school district is up by about 30 resident students (full time equivalency), Jory said.

— NEWS Staff

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