School Registration

 

DRPC

 Who should register at the District Reception and Placement Center (DRPC) ? 

> All students NOT BORN in Canada

> Grade 1 to Grade 12 students born in Canada who DO NOT speak English as their home language.

       Go to the DRPC registration page for more information.

 

Who should register at neighbourhood schools?

>  Grade 1 to Grade 12 students born in Canada who speak English as their home language.

>  All Kindergarten students born in Canada regardless of their home language.

 
Hudson Elementary

  Fill out the student application form (fillable pdf) and bring it to your neighbourhood school when registering your child(ren). it contains a helpful checklist with the documents you'll need to bring with you to the school. 

 

  

When can I register my child for school?

  • Priority registration period for the is Nov 1, 2013 to Jan 31 for Kindergarten starting the following September
  • Learn all about Kindergarten Registration at: www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten
  • Regular applications for catchment schools will continue through to September
  • Watch this short video to learn about how your child will transition from elementary to secondary school:

Cross Boundary Information

Vancouver schools will begin accepting cross-boundary applications from February 15 to March 1, 2014. Families who submit a cross-boundary application during this time will be informed of their child’s status by March 29, 2014. 

Families should visit their neighbourhood school and pick up a cross boundary application form. On the form families are asked to indicate other schools to which they have submitted a cross boundary form.

If the requisite space and facilities are determined to be available, cross boundary applications will be accepted in the following priority:

  • Students enrolled as residents during the current school year or accepted on a cross boundary application during the previous year;
  • Siblings (when other siblings are attending the school concurrently);
  • Students enrolled in on-site childcare programs, or whose childcare needs are provided within the attendance area;
  • Students whose residence falls within the attendance areas of other Vancouver schools;
  • Students whose residence falls outside the Vancouver School District

Applications will be time and date stamped upon receipt at the school.

Families may only accept one cross boundary offer. Once a family agrees to accept an offer, their application for cross boundary at other schools will be nullified.

Waitlists will be established for cross boundary students not accepted, to be maintained until September 30.

Families can submit a cross boundary application after March 1; however, schools do not have an obligation to formally inform parents of their status. Cross-boundary applications submitted after March 1, 2014 will be processed on a first-come basis, accounting for space, program and staffing availability.

The above information has been translated into the following languages:


Read the school registration Frequently Asked Questions.

Find your neighbourhood school:

In addition to your neighbourhood school, Vancouver School Board offers a variety of programs that appeal to students’ interests and talents.

Below are three simple steps to guide you through the entire enrolment process.

School Registration Process

Explore your choices

  • Determine your child’s educational needs and objectives
  • Learn about your neighbourhood catchment school and district programs within the city
  • Identify your top school choices and learn whether there is space available for new students

 

Decide between your choices

  • Select your neighbourhood school

OR,

if you decide to apply to schools other than your neighbourhood school:

  • Understand and complete the application process

Sign up

  • Review your registration checklist
  • Determine where your child should register, either at the school or at the District Reception Placement Centre
  • Submit your application

Step 1: Research

Before you enroll your child, explore the available options that may suit your child’s needs. Vancouver School Board (VSB) offers a wide variety of education choices for students. There are schools and programs such as Montessori, French Immersion, Mandarin Bilingual, mini-schools, fine and performing arts programs, sports academies, career programs, gifted education, and an outdoor program, to name just a few options.

Determine your child’s educational needs and objectives

How do you decide which school is right for your child? It’s up to you. Only you know what is most important to your family. For your child, a school close to home may be the best option; for another child, a school with a specific academic focus in another area of the city may be a better fit. To discover this, you and your family should:

  • Consider your child’s special talents, strengths and requirements. VSB offers a variety of programs that appeal to students' interests and talents.
  • Ask, “What does he or she need to succeed?” It is the responsibility of all of us – parents, teachers, community members, and students –  to work together to help every child succeed.

Become familiar with your neighborhood school

Every child residing in Vancouver has a VSB neighborhood school. Each neighborhood school has an attendance boundary. Generally, all students who live within the catchment area may attend the school. To identify your neighborhood school, visit the school locator website.

  • Visit the school to meet with the school principal and staff. Families who explore their education options at VSB may find that their neighborhood school is the best choice – or that another neighborhood school has an interesting program open to students citywide.
  • Get feedback from other parents, family, and friends.

Identify your top choices

You may also want to consider other schools based on your child’s needs and objectives.  Use this search to find a school by postal code, school name, grade level, or programs offered

  • Learn about the options beyond your neighborhood school by visiting the Schools section.
  • Attend open house events. Many Vancouver public schools hold open houses for prospective parents and students in the fall and winter.
  • Evaluate and narrow your list of choices.      

Step 2: Choose

As a Vancouver resident, you have many choices about which school your child attends. VSB offers a variety of programs that appeal to students' interests and talents.

Every student who resides in Vancouver has a VSB neighbourhood school corresponding to catchment boundary. Students living within the catchment must still apply to attend their neighbourhood school.

However, students also have the option of applying cross boundary to a school outside their catchment area. The VSB enrolment policy allows a school to accept to a school outside the neighborhood when space, resources and an appropriate program is available.

The table below will guide you through the process based on your choices.

If you choose this type of school:    

 

You should do the following:

Neighborhood

No special criterion is used for students who apply to their neighborhood school. Continue to “Step 3: Register” to learn about how to apply.

 

Schools other than your neighborhood school

Understand and complete the application process

  • Learn the criteria on how to get accepted based on the type of school you apply to
  • Download the corresponding application forms and deliver them directly to the school, or in the case of students born outside Canada, to the District Reception and Placement Centre

 

Once you’ve completed the application process, proceed to “Step 3: Register.”

Understand and complete the application process

All children, including those with disabilities, are eligible to apply to all VSB schools and programs. Acceptance to some schools and programs of choice depends on a number of factors including academic achievement, and/or selection by lottery.

The criteria with which students are accepted into choice schools and programs vary. The most commonly used are:

Random Lottery

When a school or program receives more applications than space available, a draw will be held to randomly select the students who are accepted, regardless of academic achievement or other factors. This way, all students have an equal chance to be accepted. A student who has a sibling that will continue to attend the school or program the following school year will be given priority consideration as long as they submit their application prior to the last business day in January.

Academic Achievement, Test Scores and Other Factors

Programs such as mini schools may require testing and/or use test scores, attendance records, performance auditions, recommendations, and other factors to determine who is accepted.

Step 3: Research

Now that you have chosen a school for your child(ren), you will need to present specific information and documents to register.

When to register

There is no deadline to register for your neighbourhood school for the current school year, however, you are encouraged to register early. Students who cannot be accommodated at their neighbourhood school will be placed on the school's waitlist. Waitlisted students, in the interim, will be place at a neighbouring school that has the space, resources and staff to accommodate them.

Applications for all Kindergarten programs (including regular English, French Immersion, Montessori and Fine Arts) for the 2011-12 school year will be received between Nov. 1, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2011.

If, at January 31, there were more applicants received than space available in any program or school, a lottery will be held to select the students who are accepted.  Students not selected from the draw will be added to a waitlist maintained by the school.

All families who submit a Kindergarten application prior to January 31, 2011 will be given notification of the school their child will be attending by March 31, 2011.  This includes waitlisted students who were unable to secure a spot during the lottery process.

Applications received after January 31 will not be considered until all in-catchment students who submitted an application prior to January 31 have been placed.  Late applicants, including siblings of in-catchment students already enrolled in the school, will be added to the end of the school’s waitlist.  Late in-catchment sibling applicants will have priority consideration over other late in-catchment applicants.

This new process will replace the previous first-come, first-served procedure and eliminates the need for families to arrive early on the first day of registration.  

A family can register their child(ren) for Kindergarten if the student will reach the age of five years on or before December 31 of the calendar year.  For the 2011-12 school year the child must be born in 2006.

Cross boundary applications:
If you choose to apply for a school other than your neighborhood school, there are Cross-Boundary Application forms at each school. Schools can begin accepting cross boundary applications from Feb 15 – March 1, 2011. Families who submit a cross-boundary application during this time will be informed of their status by March 31, 2011.

Families can submit a cross boundary application after March 1; however, schools do not have an obligation to formally inform parents of their status. Cross-boundary applications will be processed on a first-come basis, accounting for space, program and staffing availability.


Where to register

During the school year, most students will be able to submit their application to their neighbourhood school or school of choice, however, some students will be required to register first at the District Reception and Placement Centre (DRPC). Review the following scenarios to identify where to go to register your child.

  • Kindergarten students who were born in Vancouver, regardless of language spoken at home, must register with a parent or legal guardian at their chosen school;
  • Kindergarten-Grade 12 students who were born in Canada, and who speak English as their first language, must register with a parent or legal guardian at their chosen school;
  • Kindergarten-Grade 12 students who were born in Canada, and who DO NOT speak English as their first language, must register with a parent or legal guardian at DRPC;
  • Kindergarten-Grade 12 students born outside Canada, regardless of language spoken at home, must register with a parent or legal guardian at DRPC.

The parent or legal guardian must come with the student when registering and must present the following original documents (plus an English translation of all documents NOT in English).

During July and August, when schools are closed, all students must register at District Reception and Placement Centre.

VSB's DRPC is located at Moberley Elementary School (east wing), 1000 East 59th Ave.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday to Friday

Review your registration checklist

The parent or legal guardian must come with the student when registering and must present the following original documents (plus an English translation 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:

  • Home owners: recent property tax statement or purchase agreement if you just bought a new home
  • Tenants: Formal rental or lease agreement and hydro or cable statement;
  • Parent Declaration of Residence form (available at the District Reception and Placement Centre.
2. Child’s birth certificate (ideally showing parents’ name/s) 
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.

 

 

Registration questions

 We are moving to Vancouver from another school district. Where do I register my child?  
 Who should register at the District Reception and Placement Centre?
 My child is attending a Vancouver Board of Education school but we moved catchment areas during the school year, and we want to attend our new catchment school in September. When do we have to apply?
 My child is attending a Vancouver Board of Education school but we are moving to another area in the city over the summer, what do I need to do?
 How old does my child have to be in order to register for Kindergarten?
 How do I register my child for a cross-boundary school?
 How soon can I register my child for school?
 Why do I have to register my child at the District Reception and Placement Centre?
 Can parents/legal guardians register by telephone, fax or e-mail?
 What happens after I register my child at the District Reception and Placement Centre?
 How long does my child have to wait after registering before he or she can go to school?
 If my child is in an annex, do I need to register her or him for elementary school? Do I need to register my child for the move from elementary to secondary school?
 If I register my child during July and August, will it take a long time?

Documentation required/eligibility for a publicly funded education

 If I work in Vancouver but we live outside the city can my child go to school in Vancouver?
 Why do students have to provide school report cards or transcripts?
 Can I register my child if I don't have all the documents?
 What does "proof of address" mean?
 I don't have a permanent address yet. Can my child go to school?
 Do we need to translate all the documents into English?
 My parents do not live in B.C. Do I have to pay tuition fees if I want to attend school in Vancouver?
 I have a Study Permit to study in Canada. Can my child study in Vancouver without paying tuition fees?
 If I have a Work Permit to work in Canada, can my child go to school without paying tuition fees? Do I need to apply for a study permit for my child?
 If I have adopted a child, have no birth certificate and the adoption papers contain sensitive information, what document(s) can I provide?

School/program placement questions

 Which school is best for my child?
 How do you determine what grade my child will go into?
 What school would my child attend?
 What school does my child attend if we live right on a school boundary?
 What happens if a school is full and my child's name is on a waiting list?
 If my child has a special learning need, what do I need to do?
 What happens if my child has little or no English?
 Do all elementary schools have an ELL program?
 Do all secondary schools have an ELL program?
 Does the VSB have any programs for very bright children?
 Does Vancouver have any semestered schools?

Other/Miscellaneous questions

 What qualifications does my child need in order to graduate from a Vancouver school?
 What happens if my child is not here for the first day of school?
 Does the VSB have school buses?
 Where can I get information about school holidays?