The New Oak Bay High School
When will the new Oak Bay High School officially open?
The new 151,000 square foot high school will open its doors to the first cohort of students on September 8, 2015. The new school replaces the two buildings that comprise the existing Oak Bay Secondary School. The original Oak Bay High opened in 1929 and a second building plus substantial additional classroom space was added in the 1960s.
Why is a new school required?
The current Oak Bay High school ranges in age from 50 to 85 years old. Facilities are at the end of their useful lives and the cost of upgrading these old facilities to meet current seismic requirements exceeds the cost of a new school. A new school will create a dramatically improved learning environment for students and the opportunity to significantly expand community access to school based facilities and programs.
What makes this an innovative 21st Century School?
It was designed over a period of several years with a great deal of professional and public consultation. This state-of-the-art facility is tailored for collaborative learning and a ‘hands-on’ approach to critical thinking that will provide our students with the tools, skills and drive to succeed in the 21st Century.
Open, welcoming and flexible
- Two and three story atrium along full length of the school
- Soft light and generous connections and views to the outdoors
- Glassed-in learning spaces for sharing and creating a sense of purpose and community
- Potential for reconfiguration of classrooms into multidisciplinary pods
A collaborative environment for working and learning by individuals and teams
- Design/organization of facilities in curricular disciplines for staff collaboration
- Sound-proof, folding walls for every other classroom for student/staff collaboration
- Flexible furniture for quick reconfigurations and groupings
- Break-out learning, mentoring, studying, collaboration and display spaces
Accessible to all
- Wireless internet throughout
- A Special Education/Learning Resource room on each floor
- Full accessibility to learners with physical challenges
- Integrated Neighbourhood Learning Centre - plus other spaces and facilities available to the public after school hours
- Full site walkways and bikeways for community access and travel-through
Real-World, 21st Century Learning
- Library redesigned as a “Learning Commons” for research, collaboration and production
- Science rooms directly above Applied Technology for project-based learning
- Counters and sinks in all learning spaces to facilitate the use of multiple media
- Meeting and project rooms throughout the school
- Student stewardship of redesigned Bowker Creek behind the school
Full Community Engagement
- Welcoming pole carved by local aboriginal artists reflecting a history of the Lekwengen people and culture
- Neighbourhood Learning Centre with daycare, teen centre, elder care onsite
- State-of-the-art 420 seat community theatre
- All-season artificial turf, lit regulation soccer pitch plus regulation rugby field
- Five-star competition gymnasium and second gym, both with multi-purpose laser projection systems
How many students will the school accommodate? Where do they come from?
The school has been built to accommodate 1300 students and about 100 staff. Approximately 50% of our students come from our local or ‘catchment’ area, 40% come from outside of our catchment area (across Greater Victoria), and 10% are International students from all over the world.