If you’re mulling over a move to the Island for an easier way of life, a former North Vancouver mom – who made the move last May – suggests bracing for school-entry challenges.
Emma Owens says even after four months, getting her two young children to two different schools each day is tough.
Her neighbourhood school could take her second-grade child but had no room for the kindergartner.
She says when she hears friends thinking of coming over she thinks they have no idea what could be ahead.
“I was like oh, the schools, they think that the children can get in but that’s the nightmare, isn’t it? You might not get into the schools cause if you don’t catch that registration.”
Owens is requesting a transfer for her younger child, hoping the near-by school can take both kids next year.
Real estate boom
Mid-year moves are the most challenging to accommodate says Mark Walsh with the Victoria area school district.
He says adjustments are being made as demographics are changing.
“We’re seeing the end of a very long-term trend of declining enrollment and for the last couple of years the district has actually reversed that trend significantly to the upside.”
Walsh says the district is looking at adjusting the ten-year plan.
It assumes a ten-percent increase in enrollment which doesn’t take into account the recent real estate boom and the influx of people to the area.