Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board
Introduction (statistics as of July, 2016)
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board is committed to providing the best educational programs and services to our children and community. We strive to build strong basic educational skills and augment these attributes by challenging the most sophisticated learner. Our Board is noted for its diversity in all programs. We transport students over approximately 3,238 sq. Km.
Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board was formed in 1996, because of the merger of the Cape Breton District School Board and the Northside-Victoria District School Board.
In 1996, the Board was comprised of twenty (20) Board members, and in October, 1997, that was reduced to eleven (11) elected, and one (1) appointed native representative. In October, 2000, the Board was increased to fourteen (14) members. Included in this number are ten (10) members representing the 21 Cape Breton Regional Municipality districts; two (2) members from Victoria County; one (1) elected African Nova Scotian representative; and one (1) appointed First Nations representative. In October, 2012 the Board increased to Sixteen (16) members.
The Board covers a vast area, encompassing urban and rural settings in two municipalities - Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Victoria County.
Our Board provides educational services to over 12, 545students in more than 41 schools.We have over 1,004teachers and867 non-teaching staff. The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board is the second largest employer on Cape Breton Island.
In the fall of 2000, six (6) new elementary schools were opened. These included: Cape Smokey, North Highlands, Harbourside, Greenfield, Jubilee and Riverside. In addition, the newly renovated Boularderie Elementary School was ready for occupancy in September, and officially opened in December, 2000. Shipyard Elementary School was ready for occupancy in September, 2002, and Brookland Elementary opened in September, 2004. On October 2, 2007, Rankin School of the Narrows (Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a Chaolais), was officially opened. In addition, Ferrisview Elementary in North Sydney opened in April, 2010 and Oceanview Education Centre opened in November, 2010.
As a result of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board Strategic Plan 2012, the school board undertook a planning exercise entitled: Looking Inward: a planning framework for system sustainability in a time of changing demographics (2013). “Looking Inward” advocated for a call to action, so the school board could continue to fulfill its primary mandate-the delivery of programs and services to students under its jurisdiction. Significant in the discussion and public consultation was the suggestion to change the grade level configuration within the schools of the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board from the current configurations; P-6 elementary schools, 7-9 junior high schools, and 10- 12 high schools; to a middle school grade level configuration consisting of P-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools , and 9- 12 high schools.
Middle school students are in grades 6-8, and between the ages of 11 and 15. The Board recognizes the unique needs of this group of learners and carefully plans programming to support their gradual growth toward independence. Grade 9 students will benefit from exposure to expanded program opportunities within the high school context.
The overarching goal of changing to these configurations is to offer the best possible opportunity for students and to meet their academic, emotional, and social needs.
The recommendation to move a Middle School model across all school will provide an equitable, consistent program across the region.
The Board met on Monday, January 5, 2015 and passed a motion accepting the grade level reconfiguration proposal of a middle school grade level configuration consisting of P-5 elementary schools, 6-8 middle schools, and 9- 12 high schools beginning September, 2015.
The Board provides continuing education programs and Adult evening classes for academic subjects and GED preparation. We presently educate and provide services to full-time and part-time International students and short term International students. These students come from Argentenia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam.
Our Board is proud to have aboriginal students attending Sydney Academy participating in The Martin Aboriginal Educational Initiative (MAEI’s).
Under AYEP, Aboriginal students in grades 11 and 12 gain knowledge of business and entrepreneurial experience while developing the skills and knowledge they need to complete their high school education and go on to post-secondary studies.
Our Special Education program was founded on the philosophy that every student is entitled to an education in the most beneficial environment available. Programs range from those offered in special classes, to those that provide support for students in the regular classroom.
On April 12, 2016 decisions regarding which schools will permanently close as per the School Review process in accordance with the Education Act. was made at a Public Board meeting held at Riverview Rural High School. The School Board directed that the following public schools be permanently closed:
- Bridgeport School closes with the P-5 students moved to John Bernard Croak VC Memorial and the 6-8 students moved to Oceanview Education Centre effective September, 2016
- East Bay School closes with the students moved to Mountainview School effective September, 2016
- Florence Elementary School closes with the students moved to Dr. T.L. Sullivan (P-8) effective September, 2017
- George D. Lewis School closes with the students moved to Riverside Elementary School in a Grade Primary to Eight configuration. The decision on the timeline will be determined after the receipt of the Hub School report which was due on June 1, 2016
- Gowrie Memorial School closes with the students moved to Donkin School effective September 1, 2016
- Harbourside Elementary closes with the students moved in a grade primary to eight configuration to Whitney Pier Memorial Middle School effective September, 2020
- MacDonald Elementary School closes with the students moved to Tompkins Memorial School effective September, 2016
- MacLennan Middle School closes with the students moved to Malcolm Munroe Memorial Middle School effective September, 2016
- Mira Road Elementary closes with the P-5 students moved to Shipyard Elementary effective September, 2016
- Mount Carmel Elementary School closes with the students moved to Greenfield Elementary School effective September, 2016
- Seton Elementary School closes with the students moved to Ferrisview Elementary School by July 31, 2021
- Sherwood Park Education Centre closes effective September, 2020 with the students moving to Brookland Elementary School in a 6-8 configuration.
- St. Agnes Elementary School closes with the students moved to Greenfield Elementary effective September, 2016
- St. Joseph Elementary School closes with the students moved to Jubilee Elementary School effective September, 2016
- Sydney Mines Middle School closes by July 31, 2021 and the French Immersion program at Sydney Mines Middle School to move to Dr. T.L. Sullivan on September, 2016
- Thompson Middle School closes with the 6-8 students moved to Sydney Mines Middle School effective September, 2016
- Tompkins Memorial Elementary School closes by July 31, 2021
- The French Immersion program at Whitney Pier Memorial Middle School to be moved to a reconfigured Brookland Middle School on September 1, 2020.
The Board further passed motions to request from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development the following:
- A new elementary School for the Glace Bay Family of Schools replacing MacDonald Elementary School and Tompkins Memorial School School.
- A new Middle School for the Northside Family of Schools replacing Sydney Mines Middle School and Thompson Middle School.
We as a Board remain committed to working with our school communities, to ensure that all our children will receive a quality education.