Kindergarten registration gets going district wide between November and January 31 for children that will begin school the following September. The Vancouver School Board is proud to offer excellent instruction at all of our schools including a wide range of educational options for all different types of learners.
We encourage families to get to know more about your catchment school and what they have to offer your child. Registration at your English catchment school is required even if you plan to register your child in a choice program.
So how do I register?
The first step starting November 3, 2014, is to register at your English catchment school - regardless of whether you plan to send your child there.
You can discover where your English catchment school is by going to http://www.vsb.bc.ca/schools and clicking on the “School Location Search by Street Number” link.
If your child was born outside of Canada, you need to head to the VSB District Reception and Placement Centre (DRPC) and complete the initial Kindergarten application there.
If you are planning to attend your English catchment school, you’re all done. Now you just need to get your child excited about Kindergarten.
If your English catchment school is over-subscribed by January 31st, there will be a draw for Kindergarten placements. Students not offered a spot will be placed on an ordered wait list and provided with an alternative placement option.
What if I want to apply for a choice program?
The district offers a variety of choice programs including French Immersion, Mandarin Immersion, Fine Arts, Aboriginal Focus School, International Baccalaureate and Montessori. If you are planning to apply for Choice Program(s) you still need to register for kindergarten at your English catchment school first. The online application process opens in mid-January and closes in early February. http://kchoice.vsb.bc.ca
There will be a district supervised draw to select applicants for the available program space.
Offers for program spaces will be made by late February. You will be given a formal offer of a space in a Kindergarten choice program or an indication of where you sit on the waitlist.
What if I want to apply for an English school in another catchment area?
If you are interested in having your child attend an English school that is not your catchment school you will need to submit a cross-boundary application. The cross-boundary process opens February 2nd. The deadline for cross-boundary application is February 27th. If you are applying to a school outside your catchment area, it is important for you to know that your child will only be considered once all in-catchment students have been placed.
Where can I get more information or help if I run into any difficulties?
If you have any questions or need additional information about this process, you can visit http://www.vsb.bc.ca/kindergarten. If you have any troubles with the registration process or the online choice program application process, contact your English catchment school. They will be happy to walk you through the process.