Registration at the District Reception and Placement Centre.
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DRPC offices are located in Moberly Elementary (east wing)
Address: 1000 East 59th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5X 1Y7
Telephone: (604) 713-5999
Registration hours: 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Monday to Friday (DRPC is open 12 months of the calendar year. The office is closed on statutory holidays and on the dates indicated below).
Please note registrations are done on a first come, first serve basis. DRPC does not accept appointments for registering.Getting to DRPC by bus or SkyTrain: www.translink.ca
Students who must register at DRPC include:
- Grade 1 to Grade 12 students born in Canada, and who DO NOT speak English as their home language. Note: Children must register with a parent or legal guardian at DRPC.
- Kindergarten to Grade 12 students born outside Canada, regardless of language spoken at home. Note: Children must register with a parent or legal guardian at DRPC.
Students born in Canada whose first language is English and all Kindergarten students born in Canada must register at their catchment school. Please see general registration page for more information.
When can I register my child for school?
DRPC brochure (English version)
Student application form
Fill out this student application form (fillable pdf) and bring it to the DRPC when registering your child(ren).
The form includes a checklist of documents you are required to bring to the DRPC when registering your child(ren).
DRPC Holiday Schedule
The DRPC office will be closed on the following days to coincide with school closure dates.
Early French Immersion: K-7
The Vancouver School Board early French Immersion program accepts 5 and 6 year olds at the beginning of their formal schooling. Please note that the BC curriculum is instructed in French from Kindergarten to end of Grade 3.
Early Mandarin Bilingual
Parents of Kindergarten-aged students who are interested in the new Early Bilingual Mandarin program starting in September 2014, please register with your neighbourhood English catchment school as the first step beginning on November1, 2013. Please note that any child who has little or no prior knowledge of Mandarin, who is a resident of Vancouver, and who is entering Kindergarten or Grade One is eligible for the Early Mandarin Bilingual program. Please visit our Kindergarten Registration webiste for more information.
All students who live in Vancouver are eligible to attend the Montessori Alternative Programs at Tyee and Maple Grove Elementary Schools.
The parent or legal guardian must come with the student when registering and must present the following original documents (plus an English translation done by a certified translator of all documents NOT in English).
These documents are needed to ensure the child’s application is complete and, most importantly, to ensure the school has the basic information it needs to maximize the health and security of the child.
1. Proof of residence in Vancouver:
2. Child’s birth certificate (ideally showing parents’ name/s)
- Home owners: recent property tax statement or purchase agreement if you just bought a new home
- Tenants: Formal long-term rental or lease agreement and hydro or cable statement;
- Parent Declaration of Residence form (available at the District Reception and Placement Centre.
3. Immigration documents, Canadian Citizenship documents or Aboriginal status identification for parents and child(ren)
4. Immunization records (if available) and other important health information (e.g. medical alerts)
5. Child’s previous report cards
a) Elementary - Two most recent years of report cards
b) Secondary - All report cards from grade7/age 13 to present
6. Any other relevant documentation involving guardianship, court orders, etc.
Once registration is completed, DRPC staff will process the file and prepare to send the information to the home or placement school.
If English is not the language of the home, it is likely that an assessment of the student will have to be done. An appointment is made and the student returns to DRPC for assessment in reading, writing and mathematics. The completed file and the assessment results are sent directly to the home/placement school.
Can parents/legal guardians register by telephone, fax or e-mail?
The District Reception and Placement Centre and schools do not usually accept applications by telephone, fax or e-mail as staff need to verify authenticity of documentation. Documents that are written in a foreign language need to be translated into English. Any missing documents will delay the processing time for your file.
More about DRPC
The supervisor of the DRPC is also responsible for the Multicultural Liaison Workers [MCLW's], who are the cultural resource staff of the Vancouver Board of Education. The MCLW's are available to support students, families, and school personnel by facilitating communication despite linguistic or cultural differences. Currently, the MCLW's can provide support to speakers of Cambodian, Cantonese, Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
The coordinator of Volunteer Interpreters for schools' parent-teacher conferences is also located at DRPC. Parents or others who can speak and read in English and another language, and who are interested in acting as volunteer interpreters for these events, can phone the volunteer coordinator at (604) 713-5836 for further information.
The DRPC staff work cooperatively with school personnel and other district staff to ensure that students who register at the DRPC are placed promptly in schools and receive the most appropriate educational services possible.
- Find the school assignments for Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)
The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program is a school-based settlement service for immigrants, refugees and other eligible clients to meet their immediate settlement or ongoing needs after their arrival in Canada.
On the day of registration, eligible families will make an appointment with a Settlement Worker in Schools who will provide services to help the family adjust to schools, community and their new life in Canada.
SWIS workers provide information on services available, conduct orientation workshops on various areas of settlement in Canada, assist in filling out forms for services, provide referrals, service linking and accompaniment to community resources, help in the adjustment and transition process, and provide culturally sensitive services. Currently, the SWIS workers can provide support in the following home languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
The Engaged Immigrant Youth Program is dedicated to working with school communities to support youth to stay in school and improve their chances of pursuing meaningful employment and educational opportunities.
Youth who move to Canada as older teens face a number of challenges which may prevent them from connecting fully with their school and community. These challenges include learning English, the complexities of a new culture, the demands of school work, and making new friendships at school.
The Engaged Immigrant Youth Program targets immigrant youth in grades 10, 11 and 12 attending VSB schools. New immigrant and refugee youth in these grades are often at risk for not completing secondary school due to their lack of engagement with their school. Please visit the Engaged Immigrant Youth webpage for more information.