Registration in New Westminster Schools

New Westminster Schools welcomes students to our district. We offer 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 1 secondary school, and alternate, online, home learning and adult education programs … all delivering a wide range of programs, opportunities and pathways to enrich our students and support families.

Our district has a centralized registration process, run out of the new Welcome Centre at New Westminster Secondary School: 820 Sixth Street, New Westminster (exterior entrance is on the south side, half way down the building).

To register for the current school year (2022-23)

As we are outside of the regular registration period (November to January) for the current school year, all applications received will be placed at a school within the District, as space permits. Efforts will be made to place your child in the appropriate catchment school, but where full schools or individual grades may be at capacity, placement at an alternative school may be required.

To register, parents or caregivers should book an appointment with our Registration Team, where you will bring copies of the documents outlined in the (below) Document Guide for Parents and Caregivers along with the filled-in Registration Form.  Please note, if you do not have access to a printer or photocopier, the team will help you print, photocopy and complete all required paperwork at the time of your appointment.

Documents you will need:

To book a registration appointment with our Registration Team, please use this calendar*: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/RegistrationsCalendar@sd40.bc.ca/bookings/
*If you have just moved and you’re having trouble finding an appointment in the busy kindergarten registration window, walk-in appointments will be accepted for families registering for the current year only, to ensure we can quickly get you and your child(ren) quickly enrolled into your new community. If you need support of a translator for your registration appointment, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to see if there is someone within our Welcome Centre who can support you through your appointment. 

If for any reason you do not have the documents suggested within the guide, we would be happy to have a confidential conversation with you to see if there is another solution. To start the process or answer any other questions you may have, please call the Registration Team at 604.517.6200 or email registrations@sd40.bc.ca.


To register for the 2023-24 school year (students starting September 2023)

The registration window for the 2023-24 school year opened November 7, 2022, with regular registration period closing on January 27, 2023.

All registrations accepted within this window will be assessed at the same time and placement will be made as per the rules outlined in Administrative Procedure 300 (AP300). As long as you register within the designated regular registration window, your application will be assessed equally to any other application.

To register, parents or caregivers should book an appointment with our Registration Team, sometime between November 7, 2022 and January 27, 2023. You will need to bring copies of the documents outlined in the (below) Document Guide for Parents and Caregivers along with the filled-in Registration Form, or, if you do not have access to a printer or photocopier, the team will help you print, photocopy and complete all required paperwork at the time of your appointment.

Documents you will need:

To book a registration appointment with our Registration Team, please use this calendar*: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/RegistrationsCalendar@sd40.bc.ca/bookings/
*If you need support of a translator for your registration appointment, please let us know in advance and we will do our best to see if there is someone within our Welcome Centre who can support you through your appointment. 

Our District is facing significant capacity issues, due to growing enrollment and limited space. While we continue to work to place every new student we can into their catchment or preferred school, we will not always be able to do so. What does that mean? In cases where the number of in-catchment requests made within the regular registration period for new students (e.g. for those children entering kindergarten the following year), exceeds the ability for us to create adequate classroom space, a randomized lottery will be used to determine placement at that school. Any student unable to be placed will be added to a waitlist for the catchment school and offered a spot at the closest available school.

We hope we won’t need to take this step, we are closely monitoring three schools where a lottery may be required for the 2023-24 school year. Those three schools are: Lord Kelvin Elementary, Qayqayt Elementary, and Queen Elizabeth Elementary. All registrations will be accepted as applications, as we need to assess our capacity at each site before confirming all enrolment applications after the January 27th close of the regular registration window.

You can read more about capacity and the status of each school here: https://newwestschools.ca/our-schools/registration/school-capacity-status/

 


Programs of Choice

The regular registration window for these programs for the 2022-23 school year is now closed. 

The regular registration period for French Immersion, Montessori and the Home Learners Program for the 2023-24 school year will open at 9am on January 16, 2023 and closed on February 10 at 4pm.

Applications and offers for placement within all of our Programs of Choice, for those that have been received within the regular registration window, follow these processes:

  • Early French Immersion
    • All new Early French Immersion students with sibling status will be given first priority.
    • Applications for Kindergarten or Grade 1 entry that are received between January 16th and February 10th will be entered into a lottery to determine placement (this process is not time-sensitive for those who apply within the assigned window).
    • Applications for students who want to join the program in grades 2 or higher will be placed as space permits, based on the date and time of the applications submitted within the Programs of Choice registration window.
      NOTE: Students applying for Early French Immersion that would start in grades 2 or higher must have previously been in Early French Immersion program in another District.
  • Late French Immersion (students entering French Immersion in grade 6)
    • Students with sibling status are given priority.
    • Students who submitted an application using the previous application process (prior to June 2015) will be given second priority.
    • All other applications will be entered into the lottery to determine placement (this process is not time-sensitive within this window).
  • Montessori
    • All new Montessori students with sibling status will be given first priority.
    • Applications for Kindergarten or Grade 1 entry will be received between January 16th and February 10th and will be entered into the lottery to determine placement (this process is not time-sensitive within this window).
    • Applications for students who want to join the program in grades 2 or higher will be placed as space permits, based on the date and time of the applications submitted within the Programs of Choice registration window.
  • Home Learners Program
    • The Ministry of Education has made revisions to the policies that affect how the Home Learners Program is funded and offered. We are engaged in making changes and will update any relevant information closer to the application date opening for the 2023-24 school year.
    • New Home Learners Program students with sibling status will be given first priority, as placement will follow the priorities outlined in Administrative Procedure 220.

Waitlist applications – Programs of Choice

All waitlists for the 2022-23 school year were dissolved on September 29th, 2022.

January 10th-13th, 2023 will be Discover New Westminster Schools Week! Throughout the week we will hold informations sessions both in-person and online that discuss our Programs of Choice, course selection and other learning options available to students. You can find the recordings of last year’s sessions here: https://newwestschools.ca/discover-new-westminster-schools-meeting-links/

If you’re interested in learning more about what each of the programs offer students, you can find out more about the program in the Programs of Choice section of our website.

If have any questions about Programs of Choice, please email programsofchoice@sd40.bc.ca


For more information on other types of registration, please use the below drop down options:

This application window is now closed for the 2022-23 school year. The window for transfer applications will open for the 2023-24 school year on February 6, 2023.

If your have any questions about out-of-catchment applications, please email registrations@sd40.bc.ca

This application window is now closed for the 2022-23 school year. The window for out-of-district applications will open for the 2023-24 school year on February 6, 2023.

If your have any questions about out-of-district applications, please email registrations@sd40.bc.ca

A student who lives in New Westminster, accompanied by a parent/legal guardian who can provide the appropriate documentation to meet the required criteria, may be eligible for provincial funding.

The criteria can be found by reviewing our Document Guide for Parents and Caregivers Document Guide for Parents and Caregivers, or our Registration Team would be happy to walk you through the options as well.

They can be reached at: registrations@sd40.bc.ca.

Sanctuary Schools Policy

At New Westminster Schools we’re proud of the fact that we were the first district in BC to introduce a Sanctuary Schools Policy … providing access for all by ensuring that a New Westminster family’s immigration status does not affect their child’s ability to access safe and welcoming educational opportunities. Find out more here: https://newwestschools.ca/about-us/safe-and-caring-schools/access-for-all-sanctuary-schools-policy/


Detailed information regarding all student registration is outlined in Administrative Procedure 300 – Student Registration, Enrollment and Placement.