Boundary Studies

What is a boundary study?

A boundary study is a public process to change school attendance areas. The Board will consider boundary changes when:

  • A new school opens
  • Grades or programs change
  • Too many students are in a school
  • Too few students are in a school

A boundary study does not have a fixed schedule. Changes will take place at the start of a school year (September). Generally a boundary change must be approved before February 28th for changes in the next school year.

School boundaries also change when schools close. The Board use a more formal process, called a Pupil Accommodation Review, when closing a school.

Current boundary studies

Public meetings and providing your input

When the Board makes decisions about student accommodations, including school attendance areas we consult with community members. We encourage community engagement in the process to ensure your ideas and concerns are communicated to the Board. Public meeting notices and other updates will be shared on individual boundary study website’s, your school’s website as well as WRDSB social media. Please subscribe to the pages to ensure you receive all of the updates.

The Board of Trustees will make the final decision taking into account all of the feedback gathered throughout the study.

Working Group meeting agendas and minutes

Working Group meetings are not public and as such, non-members can attend by invitation only.
Working Group meeting minutes will be posted as they are approved, therefore minutes are usually available online two-three weeks after a given meeting.

Important references

School Boundary Study process guides the various stages of a Boundary Study. Administrative Procedure 4991 – Boundary Studies also outlines the process.

Other related policies and procedures include:

For more on current and future studies, read the Accommodation Planning 2018-2019 Report to Committee of the Whole.

Stay informed

  • Subscribe to your boundary study page to get updates
  • Attend public meetings
  • Talk to someone on the Working Group
  • Email your Trustees
  • Contact WRDSB Planning staff:
    • Email planning (please put your boundary study name in the subject line)
    • Phone: 519-570-0003 ext. 4419
    • Mail: 51 Ardelt Ave, Kitchener, ON N2C 2R5 (attention: Planning Department)