As far as I am concerned, you need to have a degree to understand this document. Its no wonder parents are reluctant to talk about this problem. Click here or the pdf file to learn more or read a very brief excerpt below. I archive the pdf file so we can have the original wording of a document and be sure it hasn’t changed. This pdf document is dated 05/2012. The BC Liberals have been tinkering with the Capacity numbers since around 2002 so judging by the date, the document has been changed.


The Ministry of Education Area Standards prescribes areas and other standards established by the Ministry of Education for space in elementary, middle and secondary schools. These standards apply to all facilities that are to be either newly constructed or enlarged. The standards are also to be used to establish the nominal capacity of existing schools. Sections 2.5.2, 2.5.3 (Elementary), 2.7.5, 2.7.6 (Middle) and 2.8.4, 2.8.5 (Secondary) provide examples for calculating allowable areas. The Area Standards also prescribes areas and other standards for sites and grounds and district service facilities.

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