The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board promotes the efficient use of school facilities and resources through the maintenance of attendance boundaries which encompass the neighborhoods in which attending students live.
School attendance boundaries may require adjustment from time-to-time to ensure that the Board is meeting the needs of all our students. School boundaries may be influenced by many factors, such as:
- Construction of a new school;
- Demographic changes;
- Municipal boundaries;
- Neighborhood developments;
- Natural geographic and transportation boundaries;
- Bus transportation; and/or
- Location and size of other school facilities.
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How may the Proposed Attendance Boundaries Impact you?
To check to see which school your child would be eligible to attend based upon the revised school attendance boundaries and your home address, please click here.
The above link has been provided by Tri-Board Student Transportation Services to assist families in determining how the proposed boundary changes may impact them.
Please note that the proposed school attendance boundaries may change as a result of the outcome of this consultation process.
Kingston West Boundary Review
Frequently Asked Questions
On December 13, 2022, the Board of Trustees authorized staff to conduct a School Attendance Boundary Review for the Kingston West review area, including French Immersion attendance boundaries for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School and Ecole Catholique Cathedrale, based upon an initial administrative boundary proposal. Staff are now beginning consultations with stakeholders and the Kingston West community based upon the recommended proposal as follows:
- The division of the existing Mother Teresa Catholic School boundary to reassign students residing north of Princess Street and west of Bayridge Drive within the Mother Teresa Catholic School boundary to the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School, located at 386 Holden Street.
- The reassignment of the French Immersion boundaries that coincide with the Regular Track attendance boundaries of Archbishop O’Sullivan Catholic School, Mother Teresa Catholic School, St. John XXIII Catholic School, and St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School, from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School to the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School, located at 386 Holden Street.
- The annexation of a small portion of the St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School boundary into the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School boundary to reduce enrolment pressures at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School due to future possible development within the annexed area.
- Busing implications of the changes would be determined in accordance with Board policy -
Transportation of Students - S-2022-10-6
The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is committed to an open and transparent process that allows for public input through a variety of means. A Public Meeting has been scheduled, as noted below, to present proposals under consideration and to offer our parents and guardians the opportunity to ask questions and provide input. The Board will compile and consider stakeholder input to bring to a future 2022-2023 Regular Board Meeting.
Follow Up Public Meeting
Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees
|Wednesday, March 1, 2023|
|6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.||Mother Teresa Catholic School|
1044 Lancaster Drive, Kingston
|Tuesday, March 7, 2023||6:00 p.m.||The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board|
151 Dairy Avenue, Napanee
Past Public Meetings
|Thursday, January 26, 2023|
|6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.||Mother Teresa Catholic School|
1044 Lancaster Drive, Kingston
|Tuesday, February 7, 2023||6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.||Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School (Gym)|
97 Park Crescent, Amherstview
What will the Boundary Change Look Like?
Existing Boundary – Regular Track
Proposed Boundary – Regular Track
Existing / Proposed Boundary – French Immersion
Why is the Boundary Change Review Happening at this Time?
ALCDSB is currently constructing a brand-new school in the Woodhaven Subdivision on Holden Street, off Cataraqui Woods Drive. Prior to the completion of the construction and the opening of the school to students, the Board needs to establish the attendance boundaries for this school.
Will my child be eligible for transportation to the new KWCES school?
Eligibility for transportation to the new school will be determined in accordance with the Board’s Transportation of Students (S-2022-10-6) policy
In the coming months, ALCDSB, Tri-board and the City of Kingston will be discussing the potential establishment of a Community Safety Zone for the new school site as well as general transportation safety considerations with respect to the new KWCES. Information related to any Community Safety Zone for the new school will be shared with our school communities once a final determination has been made.
Will I be able to get priority access for my children to the new Child Care centre at KWCES if I am relocated to the new school? Will I be able to enroll in a Before and After school program at the new KWCES?
With respect to prioritized access to the new Child Care spaces being provided at the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School, the Board is unable to guarantee the prioritization of spaces to families enrolled at the school. The successful child care service provider is responsible for establishing their own prioritization list. However, the Board will be requesting that the child care service provider operating the new child care center give special consideration to families with siblings who attend the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School.
With respect to the provision of a Before and After program at any school, it is dependent on the financial viability of operating the program based upon the interest expressed by families within the school and local area. Priority space for students moving to the new KWCES school who are currently served by a Before and After school program cannot be guaranteed a spot in a KWCES Before and After program. However, as part of the child care service provider process, the Board will be requesting that the successful provider consider this request and the provision of this service.
What is the transition plan for the students who are moving schools?
The Board will work with any impacted parents and students through their existing school communities to help facilitate a smooth transition between their existing school and the KWCES school. We are committed to looking for ways to foster community prior to the opening of the new school. Further information will be communicated directly to families who are transitioning to KWCES once a decision has been made and the transitioning plans are developed.
Will my child be able to enroll in French Immersion at the new KWCES?
If you are interested in transitioning your child from the regular stream to the French Immersion program at the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School, we kindly request that you reach out to your current school principal once the boundary review is completed and prior to June 1st to discuss this possibility further.
Which, if any, students will be “legacied" at their existing schools?
It is the refined administrative proposal that ALL STUDENTS (Kindergarten to Grade 8) residing in the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School catchment area attending either Mother Teresa CS, Our Lady of Mount Carmel CS or Ecole Catholique Cathedrale shall be transitioned to the new school upon its' opening.
Will out-of-area requests be considered for any of the schools impacted by this boundary review?
Families who are requesting consideration for out-of-bounds should contact the Principal in their current school to discuss the rationale for the request, once a boundary decision has been made.
What process will the Board follow for the naming of the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School?
Once the boundary for the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School has been established, the Superintendent of Education for the school shall establish a Naming Committee consisting of Trustees, the School Principal, Parish Priest or representative and members of the school community. The Naming Committee will follow the Board’s Policy on Naming and/or Dedication of Board Properties
in completing the task.
What will be the start time for Kingston West Catholic Elementary School?
Once the final attendance boundaries have been approved by the Board of Trustees then a final determination on the start time for the new Kingston West Catholic Elementary School will be made. The bell times for all schools in the Kingston West Review Area are coordinated to permit Tri-board Transportation to maximize efficiencies in the transportation of all students.