From Kerrisdale to Tsawwassen.
That’s the trek a Vancouver mother is willing to make so her daughter can start in a Kindergarten French immersion program.
That’s with the Vancouver School Board cutting 135 spaces this coming school year as a result of a Supreme Court ruling that requires smaller classes.
Alicia Rooney says she applied to three French immersion schools in Vancouver.
“I did hear from them, they sent me a letter to say I was on the waitlist. One said I was 58th on the list, I believe it was Trafalgar.”
But south of the Fraser, it’s a different story.
“I applied for French Immersion in Tsawwassen, I was able to get a spot right away as a cross-border applicant.
“The Vancouver School Board says with Kindergarten class sizes maxing out at 20 students, it needs to find space to shuffle kids.
Rooney now says she’s considering a move to Tsawwassen for her daughter.
The VSB says with Kindergarten class sizes maxing out at 20 students, it needs to find space to shuffle kids, and says there aren’t enough qualified teachers in the district.
Five schools will lose one class each.