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New JL Ilsley High School

Photo taken September 2020

In January 2017, the provincial government announced, as part of the 2017-2018 Capital Plan, a new high school would be built to replace JL Ilsley High School. The targeted opening date for the new school is September 2021.

Project Status


  • March 11, 2021 - Link (Letter from Regional Executive Director about grade reconfigurations in the JL Ilsley Family of Schools)
  • March 4, 2020 - Link (Letter from Regional Executive Director confirming the name of the new high school)
  • July 8, 2019 - Link (Announcement of tender award for design and construction)
  • March 6, 2019 - Link (Update to Parents/Guardians in the JL Ilsley Family of Schools on tender process and grade configuration)
  • July 13, 2017 - Link (Letter to Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development re: Site Selection)


Below is an outline of some of the processes that occur from the time a project is announced until completion:

Site Selection

The school site selection process was changed in 2019. Click here to read about these changes.

The siting of the new JL Ilsley was completed under a previous process that involved the formation of a Site Selection Committee (SSC). Under this process, the SSC identified up to three possible locations for construction of a new school. These locations were then presented in a report to the Governing Board for approval and submission to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD).

  • The SSC for the new JL Ilsley held their first meeting on May 2, 2017.
  • A community engagement session was held on June 6, 2017.
  • The SSC submitted its report to the Governing Board in July 2017. To review the SSC report, click here.

At a Special Board Meeting on July 12, 2017, the Governing Board approved the recommendations of the SSC and have submitted them to the provincial government for a final decision. To view a map of the three sites, click here

SSC Agendas

SSC Minutes

SSC minutes were approved at the next meeting and are then posted to this site shortly thereafter. For example, minutes from the May 2 SSC meeting were approved at the May 9 meeting.


  • June 6 (The SSC held a community engagement session on June 6, 2017)

School Steering Team (SST)

The School Steering Team serves an advisory role in the construction of the school. The committee provides input to the provincial government for consideration during the design process for the new school. Final decisions on the design of the school rests with the provincial government, as represented by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

SST Minutes

The SST held its first meeting on November 26, 2019. Minutes will be posted upon approval of the committee.


Click on the photo to enlarge.

March 2021 - Front Entrance

March 2021 - Performance Stage

March 2021 - Exterior

November 2020 - Atrium

November 2020 - Front Entrance

November 2020 - 2nd Floor

November 2020 - Gymnasium

September 2020

School Name

The new school will continue to be named JL Ilsley High School. Click here to read a letter from the Regional Executive Director to the community.

Naming a new school facility is the responsibility of the HRCE. In accordance with the Naming School Facilities policy, the principal (or designate) will identify and lead a consultation process to name the school.

The process will include a school organization such as a School Advisory Council, Parent/Teacher Association, School Steering Team and the public. Also, student input, appropriate for the age level served by the school should be a significant part of the process.

To read the Naming School Facilities policy, click here.


A consultation was held on May 7, 2019 with School Advisory Council chairs and principals within the JL Ilsley Family of Schools. The purpose was to provide an update on the construction project, the advantages/benefits of moving to a 9-12 grade configuration and to gather feedback to the following questions:

  • Where are the opportunities for input to decision-making in the future changes within the JL Ilsey Family of Schools?  In those cases, how do we best engage the SACs/community?
  • What else do you need the HRCE to know about how to best transition students and families to the new 9-12 high school moving forward?

Click here to review the feedback.