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Community Schools

We are fortunate in our Municipality to have two formal Community Use Schools: Forest Heights Community School (FHCS) in Chester Grant and Aspotogan Consolidated Elementary School (ACES) in Hubbards/Mill Cove. Both schools were developed as Community Schools from the beginning (FHCS in 1992 and ACES in 2000). In both cases, an agreement is in place between the South Shore Regional School Board and the Municipality of the District of Chester (as well as the Ashford Consortium in the case of ACES) which formalizes the ability of the public to access these spaces in an easy and affordable way.

In addition to the schools being available for rent, recreation programming also takes place for the schools, making them a centre for community activity, education, and fun. These programs are listed seasonally in our Explore Life recreation guide and are organized by the Community School Coordinator. As a result of rentals and organized programs, a wide variety of activities and functions take place in our community schools; everything from fitness classes and meetings of non-profit community groups, to dog agility and model airplane flying!

Aspotogan Elementary is a P3 school with the Ashford Consortium as a private-sector partner. Being an elementary school, some of the rooms within the school are equipped with youth-sized furnishings limiting public use by adults to the cafeteria, gymnasium, music room and select other rooms. The gymnasium has a synthetic floor (no adult floor-hockey) and is equipped with basketball hoops with height adjustability, as well as equipment for volleyball, badminton, youth floor-hockey and a variety of other activities. There is a small stage on one end of the gym. The music room is designed with good acoustics in mind and is equipped with a carpeted riser for performance use. The cafeteria is large enough for birthday parties or community meetings with natural lighting and good acoustics. The school also has a small play-field as well as a variety of playground elements.

Forest Heights is the only high school in our Municipality and was built to operate with approximately 400 students. There is a large gymnasium with a hardwood floor, retractable bleachers, six basketball nets (one main court or two smaller courts) and the capacity and equipment for volleyball, badminton, gymnastics, floor-hockey and a variety of other activities. The gym can be split easily with a motorized curtain-wall. The cafeteria space will comfortably sit over 200 people and has a stage with a hardwood surface. The area was designed with performances in mind and has excellent lighting and sound qualities. Audio and lighting equipment is also housed at the school and can be used by community groups upon request. Classrooms within the school offer a variety of sizes and capabilities. Most are standard classrooms with desks or tables and chairs but two are equipped with stoves, fridges, and counter space for meal preparation. All classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors and screens. A unique amenity of the school is an enclosed, outdoor courtyard containing a variety of ornamental trees and shrubbery. The school also has a soccer field, two ponds, and is bordered by a large track of Crown land consisting of mixed forest, trails and waterways.

Area Public Schools

The Municipality has one High School with four feeder schools.

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