Construction completed; underway for more schools, child care spaces in Surrey

AN addition at École K.B. Woodward is now complete, providing a more modern learning experience for students, one of the many investments being made in Surrey schools.

“Our government is building, expanding and upgrading schools throughout B.C.,” said Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care, on Wednesday. “As Surrey continues to grow, we are acting to ensure all students have the classrooms they need to learn and grow in one of the best education systems in the world.”

The new addition at École K.B. Woodward adds 240 new student seats to the community of Surrey. The Province provided more than $14 million for the project, which added eight new classrooms to the school and renovated two others.

“Schools are essential parts of our community,” Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley. “The new completed addition at K.B. Woodward is an example of the importance of investing in our schools so they can continue to benefit students and families into the future.”

Construction is about to start for the new Snokomish Elementary in the South Newton neighbourhood. Snokomish Elementary will add 655 new student seats to Surrey with $38.9 million in funding from the Province, with the Surrey School District providing $5 million. The new school will include a neighbourhood learning centre for child care, providing a convenient drop-off location for parents. The new school is expected to be open in 2026.

Construction on additions at Semiahmoo Trail Elementary and South Meridian Elementary are underway. The Province provided $13.7 million for the expansion of Semiahmoo Trail Elementary and $13.3 million for South Meridian Elementary. Semiahmoo Trail will be expanded to welcome 245 more students. South Meridian will add room for 200 more students.

“Surrey is one of B.C.’s fastest growing communities,” said Jinny Sims, MLA for Surrey-Panorama. “With construction starting on the new Snokomish Elementary, we are making progress to meet enrolment growth, while providing spaces for much-needed child care in the community.”

The Surrey School District received approximately $500,000 in ChildCareBC New Spaces funding to create approximately 50 child care spaces at Snokomish Elementary. Since 2018, the Province has funded the creation of more than 815 school-aged child care spaces on school grounds in Surrey.

“Parents have asked for more child care on school grounds and we’re delivering by building child care into Snokomish Elementary at the same time as we build the new school,” said Grace Lore, Minister of State for Child Care. “By working with school districts, we’re prioritizing child care in communities where people need it most and where it provides the smoothest day for the children attending.”

With historic investments of more than $640 million in public education in Surrey, the Government of B.C. has approved funding for more than 11,000 new student spaces in Surrey, with more to come.

“In June, K.B. Woodward Elementary had 12 portables. This new addition has allowed us to free up eight of those portables so they can be used by other schools in our district,” said Gary Tymoschuk, Vice Chair, Surrey Board of Education. “This addition also allows us to keep students in their neighborhood school and provide them with an optimal learning environment. We look forward to continuing to work with our provincial partners to find sustainable solutions to address Surrey’s growth.”

Budget 2023 includes $3.4 billion for school capital projects over the next three years throughout the Province, including new and expanded schools, seismic upgrades and replacements, as well as land purchases for future schools.


New schools, expansions for Surrey

There has been 24 approved expansions and new schools in Surrey since 2017:

* New Salish Secondary with 1,500 seats.

* Woodward Hill Elementary addition with 195 new seats.

* Panorama Park addition with 200 new seats.

* New Grandview Heights Secondary with 1,500 seats.

* New Maddaugh Elementary with 605 seats.

* Sullivan Elementary addition with 200 new seats.

* New Edgewood Elementary with 655 seats.

* Pacific Heights Elementary addition with 300 new seats.

* New Douglas Elementary with 605 seats.

* Frost Road Elementary addition with 150 new seats.

* Coyote Creek Elementary addition with 100 new seats.

* New Ta’Talu Elementary with 655 seats.

* New Regent Road Elementary with 655 seats.

* Sullivan Heights Secondary addition with 700 new seats.

* Sunnyside Elementary addition with 250 new seats.

* White Rock Elementary addition with 195 new seats.

* South Meridian Elementary addition with 200 new seats.

* Semiahmoo Trail Elementary addition with 245 new seats.

* New Snokomish Elementary with 655 seats.

* Morgan Elementary addition with 190 new seats.

* K.B. Woodward Elementary addition with 240 new seats.

* Kwantlen Park Secondary addition with 500 new seats.

* Tamanawis Secondary addition with 575 new seats.

* Guildford Secondary addition with 450 new seats.