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Almost half of new students in Central Okanagan school district on Westside

FILE PHOTO - Kelowna Secondary School is the largest in the Central Okanagan school district but saw enrolment drop by 13% this year.
October 04, 2021 - 11:36 AM

The latest count of new students in the Central Okanagan this fall shows an increase of 623 from last year to 23,647.

Almost half those new students – 291 or 46.7% – were in the dozen schools listed as the Westside Zone in a report that went to the Central Okanagan school board last week.

The biggest change was at Mt. Boucherie Senior Secondary School, which grew by 170 students to 1,700.

By comparison, the district’s biggest school, Kelowna Senior Secondary School, shrunk by 13 students to 1,839.

The Central Zone, which ranges from KLO Middle School out to Glenmore, grew by only 12 students compared to September 2020.

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The Mission Zone grew by 131 students, Rutland by 118 and Lake Country by 71.

Almost all the growth was in the middle and high schools with only nine more students in elementary schools.

There were 249 more students in secondary schools and 365 in middle schools.

Ecole H.S. Grenda Middle School, which has 369 students, opened for grade 6 and 7 students in Lake Country this year, shifting students in that zone from elementary to secondary schools.

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