The start of kindergarten is a major milestone for a student as the beginning of their elementary educational journey. The priority registration window for kindergarten in the 2021-22 school year begins November 1, 2020 and runs until January 29, 2021. Families with children born in 2016 can register their child during this time period.
Registration is a two-step process. For children born in Canada, a family must complete an online application form for their neighbourhood English catchment school. The next step is to contact the school to set up an appointment and to bring supporting documentation to the school at the arranged time. This process of applying to their English catchment school must be followed even if a family wishes to apply for a District program or to a school in another catchment (cross-boundary).
Kindergarten enrolment is not on a first-come, first-served basis. All students registered by January 31 will receive priority at their catchment school. If a school does not have space for all students registering for kindergarten, children residing in-catchment who already have a sibling enrolled on the school will be placed first. A random draw will then take place to determine placements and establish an ordered waitlist.
Families may be interested in applying for District programs. These include French Immersion, Mandarin Bilingual, Indigenous Focus, Montessori and Fine Arts. Beginning in January 2021, families can apply for up to three District programs through an online application process. The application deadline for kindergarten District programs is February 3, 2021.
If a family wishes their child to attend a school outside of their catchment area, they must submit a cross-boundary application form. Registration for cross-boundary is open from the first school day of February to the last school day of February.
For children born outside of Canada, a family must complete initial registration with the District Newcomer Welcome Centre.
For assistance and answers to questions, please visit our frequently asked questions, and contact your neighbourhood English catchment school.
Kindergarten opens a child’s world and offers many exciting opportunities. The District looks forward to welcoming those students who start next September.
For more information, visit the District webpage on kindergarten registration.