Stittsville residents have spoken loud and clear about the need for a public high school, which is the message we delivered to the OCDSB last night when we presented our survey results.
Over 1700 residents completed the survey, which gives us an excellent sample size (5% margin or error and 95% confidence level for those that know survey lingo). The results provide some great data and proof of what we’ve always known: that students are switching to the Catholic school board now and even more will attend Sacred Heart if no public high school exists in the future.
Here are some of the survey highlights:
- Almost 22% of respondents have already switched their child(ren) from public to Catholic schools
- 56% will attend Sacred Heart if no public high school exists when they need to choose even though 80% of the respondents are in the public system today
- 58% (1,078) strongly agree/agree that they have considered switching school boards due to no public HS
- Over 50% (936) strongly agree/agree they feel they had/will have no choice but to switch to Catholic board due to proximity
- 73% (1,248) say their child(ren) will attend a public high school in Stittsville if a new one exists when they need on
- Almost 28% strongly agree/agree they considered moving out of Stittsville to be closer to public high school
- Over 85% (1,414) say that “Proximity to Home” is somewhat or very important in selecting a high school
- Over 79% (1,308) say that having a “Community Hub” within a new school infrastructure is somewhat important or very important in selecting a high school