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Here are some frequently asked questions about school registration:

  • We are moving to Vancouver.  Where do I register my child?
    • Please download and fill out the NWC Student Registration Form(fillable pdf) at this site and bring it to your neighbourhood school when registering your child(ren).  It contains a helpful checklist with the documents you'll need to bring with you to the school.

    • Registration at the Newcomer Welcome Center is required for:
      • All students not  born in Canada
      • Kindergarten to Grade 12 students who do not speak English as their home language

  • Who should register at the Newcomer Welcome Center?
    • All students not born in Canada
    • Kindergarten to Grade 12 students who do not speak English as their home language

  • My child is attending a Vancouver Board of Education school, but we are moving to another area in the city.  What do I need to do? 

Changing address during the school year

Please inform your current school.  The school staff will initiate your child’s transfer process to another school.

Please bring the following documents for address change: 

    • Your new rental agreement or property purchase agreement (with subjects removed). Schools may request a recent bill as well.
    • Proof of your identity WITH photo, such as a passport or citizenship/PR card. *Note: A drivers' license may NOT be adequate.
    • Your child's most recent report card. 

Changing address in the summer:

If the new address is outside the current school's catchment area, families need to wait for the current elementary catchment school to reopen at the end of August to update their address.  Once this is done they should apply to the new elementary catchment school.  For secondary students, please check with the school regarding summer office hours.  Please bring the following documents for address change:

    • New rental agreement or property purchase agreement (with subjects removed). Schools may request a recent bill as well.​
    • Proof of your identity WITH photo, such as a passport or citizenship/PR card.  *Note: A drivers' license may NOT be adequate.
    • Child's most recent report card.

If the new address is in the same school's catchment area, families can update their address with the school office when their child returns to school in September. 

  • How old does my child have to be in order to register for Kindergarten?
    • Your child can register for Kindergarten in the year that he or she turns 5 years of age.  The Ministry of Education only funds Kindergarten children who are 5 years of age by December 31st of that particular year.

  • How do I register my child for a cross-boundary school?
    • Vancouver schools will begin accepting cross-boundary applications from February 1 to 28.  Families who submit a cross-boundary application during this time will be informed of their child's status by March 31.

      Families can now apply cross-boundary online. You MUST register at your English Catchment School FIRST, before submitting a cross boundary application (unless you reside outside of Vancouver).

      If the requisite space and facilities are determined to be available, cross-boundary applications will be accepted in the following priority:
      • ​1st: Non-catchment student with a sibling concurrently attending the same program – has a sibling that will be concurrently attending the same location, in the same program
      • 2nd: Non-catchment student (Daycare) - A student resident in the School District enrolled in child care within the catchment (applies to Kindergarten - Grade 7 only)
      • 3rd: Non-catchment student – A student that is a resident within the District
      • 4th: Non-District student – A British Columbian resident who does not reside in the Vancouver School District

For more information, please visit Cross boundary Registration or contact your catchment school principal. 

  • How soon can I register my child for school?
    • There is no deadline to register for your neighbourhood school.  However, you are encouraged to register early.  Students who cannot be accommodated at their neighbourhood school will be placed on the school's waitlist.  * Registration for the next school year begins on the first business day of November.

  • Why do I have to register my child at the Newcomer Welcome Center?
    • For those students born outside of Canada, we need to examine their immigration documents to make sure they are entitled to publicly funded education in Vancouver.
  • Can parents/legal guardians register by telephone, fax, or e-mail?
    • The Newcomer welcome Center and schools do not usually accept applications by telephone, fax, or e-mail, as staff need to verify authenticity of documentation.  Documents that are written in a foreign language need to be translated into English.  Any missing documents delay the processing time for your file.

  • If my child is in an annex, do I need to register her or him for elementary school?  Do I need to register my child for the move from elementary to secondary school?
    • There is no need for a new registration in either of these cases.  Going to the next grade will be done automatically by the school administration.

  • If I register my child during July and August, will it take a long time?
    • Yes, it will.  Summer is a busy time, as the Newcomer welcome Center is the only place open for registration for school.  Therefore, it is critical you bring your child or children, all your documents as listed on this website, and be prepared to wait some time for your turn.  In addition, the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) will be in attendance and are available to help you with settlement issues after the registration process has been completed.  We suggest you bring a health snack and water for all family members when you are registering during July and August.

      If you have additional questions, please send us a note or call the Newcomer welcomeCenterr at (604) 713-5999.  It is possible to get information in various languages on the voicemail.  Please listen carefully and follow instructions.  Please speak slowly when leaving us your name, phone number, and short message.  We will return your call as soon as possible.