JEB: Entrance Age

J: Students

First Year of Primary (Kindergarten):

Children enter the primary program in accordance with Section 3 of the School Act that states:

"Entry to educational program: 3.(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a person who is resident in British Columbia shall (a) enroll in an educational program (i) provided by a board... on the first day of September of a school year if, on or before December 31 of that school year, the person will have reached the age of 5 years, and...3.(2) A parent of a child referred to in subsection (1)(a) may defer the enrolment of his or her child until the first school day of September of the next school year."

Proof of Age

When a child is first enrolled in the kindergarten or primary grades of a public school system, his/her birth certificate or other satisfactory proof of age must be presented.

Other Admissions

The responsibility for placement of any student rests with the principal.  When a student transfers into the public school system for the first time, parents should be informed that the student will be evaluated by the staff to determine his/her appropriate placement.  The teachers and school administrator may be assisted by appropriate  staff.

DMT Responsibility: AS-J

Cross References: 
JEA: Compulsory School Attendance Ages; JEC: School Admissions and subcodes
Revision Date: 
Nov 1973
Oct 1991
Sep 1994
Sep 1996
Jan 1999