Kindergarten Registration FAQ

What is the application process for kindergarten?

Applications for kindergarten for the following September will begin on November 1. All kindergarten registration occurs initially at your local English catchment school. 

Students applying for registration between November 1 and the end of January will be given enrollment priority over those who apply later. Should there be more applicants than available space in any program at the end of January, a draw will be held.

What is the application process for choice programs (French Immersion, Aboriginal Focus, Montessori, Fine Arts, and Early Mandarin Bilingual?)

The application process for all kindergarten choice programs can be found at Applications for kindergarten choice programs will be accepted from mid-January to early February.

When can a family register their child for kindergarten?

Children can start kindergarten in September of the year they turn five. Kindergarten applications for the following September will be accepted beginning November 1.  

Where do I submit my kindergarten application?

Applications for kindergarten are submitted at the child’s English catchment school.

How do I find out which catchment area I live in?

Please visit: School Locator Search by Street Name.

My child was born outside of Canada. How can I register them for school?

Students born outside Canada must first register at the District Reception and Placement Centre (DRPC).  Please see the DRPC website for more specific information about registration procedures.

My child has special needs. How do I register him/her for kindergarten? 

For children with special needs, the district’s student support team works with parents and community partners to create engaging learning communities where all students can be successful. For information on transitioning to kindergarten with special needs please visit .

What documentation am I required to bring when I submit my child’s kindergarten application?

  1. Completed application form
  2. Proof of address in Vancouver (recent property tax statement, purchase agreement, or rental agreement plus at least one recent bill invoice showing name and address
  3. Child’s proof of identify (birth certificate or Canadian immigration or citizenship documents)
  4. Proof of parent/guardian identity (picture ID such as passport, driver licence, citizenship card)
  5. Original school report cards with certified translation in English if needed from two most recent school years
  6. Child’s immunization records since birth and, if necessary, any other important health documents

[Note: Some schools experiencing enrolment pressure will request a secondary piece of identification proving residency.]

What happens if a regular English program receives more in-catchment kindergarten applicants than available space?

If a school receives more applications than available spaces by January 31, a random draw will be held. Catchment students who apply within the early application period will be eligible for the draw. Catchment siblings who are attending the school and will be attending concurrently, will be placed prior to the draw.

What happens if I register my child after January 31?

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 in time-dated order to the end of the school’s in-catchment waitlist if applicable.

When will families be notified about the results of the draw?

Parents should receive notification of their child’s status by email in late February or early March.

Does a family have to formally accept a position, and if so in what time frame?

Families will have 48 hours to confirm their acceptance of the space in kindergarten.

What happens if my child is unsuccessful in the draw for a kindergarten space at the catchment school?

Students not selected in the draw will be added to a waitlist. If space becomes available, the student next on the waitlist will be given the opportunity to attend the school. All students on the waitlist will be placed at another school by the district.

Can I apply cross-boundary to another school?

Parents may apply to have their child attend another school through the cross-boundary process. Schools accept cross-boundary applications from February 1 to February 28. Families who submit a cross-boundary application will be informed of their child’s status by March 31.

Families should visit their neighbourhood school to pick up a cross boundary application form.

If I am going to be moving to Vancouver, can I register for the kindergarten catchment school where I intend to live?

You must be a resident in the catchment area at the time of application in order to apply as an in-catchment applicant.

My spouse and I are separated and arrangements have been made for our child to live with one parent on alternate days/weeks. Is my child entitled to complete an in-catchment registration at two different schools?

A student can only have one catchment school. Parents need to determine which school will be their catchment school.