Every year, starting in November, families apply for their children to enrol in kindergarten at the Vancouver School District. Priority registration begins Nov 1, 2021 and ends January 31, 2022. Kindergarten applications received at any point within the priority enrolment time frame will be part of the priority enrolment period.
This year, children born in 2017 are eligible for kindergarten registration and will go to school starting September 2022.
Registration is a two-part process.
Step 1: Complete an online application form
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.]
If your child was born outside of Canada, you will need to go to the VSB District - Newcomer Welcome Centre and complete the initial registration there.
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 10 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 must 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.
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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.