Priority Kindergarten Registration

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Registration Process

Registration is a two-part process. 

Step 1: Complete an online application form
(Online application for September 2023 will be available in November 2022.)

If your child was born outside of Canada, you will need to complete your registration online through the  VSB - Newcomer Welcome Centre (NWC) 

Step 2: Verifying Documentation

  • Contact your catchment school to set up an appointment to bring your supporting documentation
  • Bring supporting documentation to your catchment school during your scheduled appointment

The following original documents must be presented to complete your application:

  • Proof of British Columbia residency
  • The original birth certificate of the child
  • Applicable Immigration/Citizenship/Permanent Resident Documentation
  • Immunization Records if available

[Note: Some schools may request additional identification as proof of residency.]

NOTE: Some catchment schools do not have space for all students even if you apply before the January 31 deadline. In these cases there will be a draw for student placement during mid-February and the school will contact you by late April to confirm your enrolment.

District choice programs

Families must register at their neighbourhood catchment school during the priority registration period (November 1 - January 31) before applying for Kindergarten Choice programs.

Applying for a District choice program is a separate process and runs from January 9 to February 3. Visit the Kindergarten Choice Programs page for more information.


Families who wish to apply to a school outside of their catchment area, known as cross-boundary, will register their child at their neighbourhood catchment school first.

Applying for cross-boundary is a separate online process and runs from February 1-28. Cross boundary applications will only be considered after all in-catchment students have been accommodated.

More information can be found on the District website, under cross boundary registration.


Starting kindergarten is a huge milestone. Check out our brochures on Preparing for Kindergarten, Building Confident Learners to help you prepare.

Find out more information about:

Sibling Priority for kindergarten admission is only provided to students who register between November 1 - January 31.  Sibling priority is not provided after January 31.

For additional information, check out our frequently asked questions.

Contact your neighbourhood catchment school for assistance with the application process, or the online choice program application process,. They will be happy to assist you.

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