Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces

Rocky View Schools welcomes your input as we consider possible solutions to address ongoing rapid enrolment growth in Airdrie. Please take time to review this information and provide your initial thoughts.


Your RVS Journey: See how the potential solutions could impact students in each neighbourhood using this interactive tool (external link)




Other Resources




Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces Video:Airdrie's school space needs and solutions being considered (external link)

RVS Designated Schools: potential impacts to designated schools - UPDATED Jan. 31, 2024

Data: current and future school enrolments, capacities and utilizations

Infographic: quick facts about Space for Students in Airdrie

How We Engage Video: the engagement process and how to get involved (external link)

Space for Students Video: the RVS-wide challenge of not enough schools (external link)


Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces engagement provides Airdrie families, staff and community members information and an opportunity to share feedback for addressing increasing school space pressures.

RVS staff have worked hard to intensify existing space and the Board has advocated strongly for full construction funding and modular classrooms from the government to keep pace with our growth. Unfortunately, the earliest a new elementary school in Airdrie could open is 2026 or 2027 and a new high school, optimistically, in 2028. While the potential new schools will help, they do not fully solve RVS' ongoing space challenges given the city grows by 300 – 500 new RVS students each year.

The Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces engagement is open until March 2024. The Board aims to reach a decision at the April 25, 2024, public meeting, which will take effect at the start of the 2025/26 school year, allowing time for families and staff to prepare. Given the current overutilization of some schools, it is possible changes for specific schools may need to happen as early as September 2024.

Potential solutions being considered:

  • Converting C.W. Perry School into a high school. This will redistribute Grade 9 -12 students across Airdrie. C.W. Perry was chosen because of its location in the city and ability to accommodate high school level programming in its spaces.

  • Grade 8 students staying in their current school for Grade 9, creating a more traditional Grade 10 - 12 high school model. This minimizes the changes for families as students stay in their schools for one more year; however, it impacts the programming options our Grade 9 students currently have and increases space pressures in some schools by adding a grade. It may also require adding or removing a grade level at some other schools.

  • Re-organize grade structures across Airdrie schools to remove urgent pressures where possible (Kindergarten – Grade 6, Grade 7 – 9 and Grade 10 – 12). This addresses both high school utilization and standardizes grade configuration across the community.

Each possibility could have a range of impacts including prospective boundary changes/new designated schools for students, families and staff. We want to hear what you think about these potential solutions and other ideas you may have.

We believe it is important to share as much information as possible about what these changes could mean so families, staff and other stakeholders have a more complete picture to consider in providing feedback. We encourage you to review the information provided and share your thoughts.

RVSEngage.com will serve as the main resource for timely information and online feedback opportunities.

Delegations to the Board of Trustees provide an opportunity for stakeholders to present to the Board at its public meeting (please see Board Policy 7 - Board Operations (Section 7)). Delegations to the Board are scheduled for March 12, 2024, at 10 a.m. at the RVS Education Centre, 2651 Chinook Winds Drive S.W., Airdrie or online via Zoom at https://rockyview.zoom.us/my/rvsboard

Requests to present must be received by noon on March 4, 2024, c/o Greg Luterbach, Superintendent of Schools, at 2651 Chinook Winds Drive S.W., Airdrie, T4B 0B4 or suptoffice@rockyview.ab.ca

We understand how important this matter is to your family, and we are committed to finding the best possible solution for Airdrie students. A notice will be issued to all Airdrie families and RVS staff regarding any decision following the public meeting.

Thank you for your participation in this engagement. We highly value your feedback as essential input into the Board’s decision-making process. More information about creating and adjusting attendance areas can be found in Board Policy 23 School Attendance Areas.

Rocky View Schools welcomes your input as we consider possible solutions to address ongoing rapid enrolment growth in Airdrie. Please take time to review this information and provide your initial thoughts.


Your RVS Journey: See how the potential solutions could impact students in each neighbourhood using this interactive tool (external link)




Other Resources




Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces Video:Airdrie's school space needs and solutions being considered (external link)

RVS Designated Schools: potential impacts to designated schools - UPDATED Jan. 31, 2024

Data: current and future school enrolments, capacities and utilizations

Infographic: quick facts about Space for Students in Airdrie

How We Engage Video: the engagement process and how to get involved (external link)

Space for Students Video: the RVS-wide challenge of not enough schools (external link)


Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces engagement provides Airdrie families, staff and community members information and an opportunity to share feedback for addressing increasing school space pressures.

RVS staff have worked hard to intensify existing space and the Board has advocated strongly for full construction funding and modular classrooms from the government to keep pace with our growth. Unfortunately, the earliest a new elementary school in Airdrie could open is 2026 or 2027 and a new high school, optimistically, in 2028. While the potential new schools will help, they do not fully solve RVS' ongoing space challenges given the city grows by 300 – 500 new RVS students each year.

The Balancing Airdrie Student Spaces engagement is open until March 2024. The Board aims to reach a decision at the April 25, 2024, public meeting, which will take effect at the start of the 2025/26 school year, allowing time for families and staff to prepare. Given the current overutilization of some schools, it is possible changes for specific schools may need to happen as early as September 2024.

Potential solutions being considered:

  • Converting C.W. Perry School into a high school. This will redistribute Grade 9 -12 students across Airdrie. C.W. Perry was chosen because of its location in the city and ability to accommodate high school level programming in its spaces.

  • Grade 8 students staying in their current school for Grade 9, creating a more traditional Grade 10 - 12 high school model. This minimizes the changes for families as students stay in their schools for one more year; however, it impacts the programming options our Grade 9 students currently have and increases space pressures in some schools by adding a grade. It may also require adding or removing a grade level at some other schools.

  • Re-organize grade structures across Airdrie schools to remove urgent pressures where possible (Kindergarten – Grade 6, Grade 7 – 9 and Grade 10 – 12). This addresses both high school utilization and standardizes grade configuration across the community.

Each possibility could have a range of impacts including prospective boundary changes/new designated schools for students, families and staff. We want to hear what you think about these potential solutions and other ideas you may have.

We believe it is important to share as much information as possible about what these changes could mean so families, staff and other stakeholders have a more complete picture to consider in providing feedback. We encourage you to review the information provided and share your thoughts.

RVSEngage.com will serve as the main resource for timely information and online feedback opportunities.

Delegations to the Board of Trustees provide an opportunity for stakeholders to present to the Board at its public meeting (please see Board Policy 7 - Board Operations (Section 7)). Delegations to the Board are scheduled for March 12, 2024, at 10 a.m. at the RVS Education Centre, 2651 Chinook Winds Drive S.W., Airdrie or online via Zoom at https://rockyview.zoom.us/my/rvsboard

Requests to present must be received by noon on March 4, 2024, c/o Greg Luterbach, Superintendent of Schools, at 2651 Chinook Winds Drive S.W., Airdrie, T4B 0B4 or suptoffice@rockyview.ab.ca

We understand how important this matter is to your family, and we are committed to finding the best possible solution for Airdrie students. A notice will be issued to all Airdrie families and RVS staff regarding any decision following the public meeting.

Thank you for your participation in this engagement. We highly value your feedback as essential input into the Board’s decision-making process. More information about creating and adjusting attendance areas can be found in Board Policy 23 School Attendance Areas.

Page last updated: 26 Feb 2024, 01:21 PM