The Department of Education (DE) decide where and when new schools are needed in areas of demographic growth. Parents who are eligible express their preference for the type of school they would like the new school to be through an Online Patronage Process System (OPPS).

The OPPS is overseen by the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG) in the Department of Education and is open to all patrons to participate, including ETBs who are the patrons of Community National Schools.

No new schools are planned for the 2022-2023 school year, so the OPPS is currently closed.