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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.

To register for the 2021/2022

The regular registration* process for the school year beginning in September 2021 was open from Monday January 11 to Friday March 12.

*You do not need to either register or apply again to a program if your child is already enrolled in the school and/or program you’d like them to stay in. 

All applications received after March 12th 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.

New Westminster Schools has now moved to a centralized registration process that will operate out of the new Welcome Centre, located at the brand new New Westminster Secondary School: 820 Sixth Street, New Westminster.

The new registration process (with new COVID-19 protocols in place) will include:

  1. Parents must complete the intent to register online form:
  2. The Registration Team will phone you to walk through the requirements and determine whether:
    • You have access to printers and are comfortable enough with the process to complete your application, so that you can use the contactless drop system in the new Welcome Centre 
    • or whether you require an appointment to come into the Welcome Centre for more assistance.

Please note: due to COVID-19 protocols, no drop-in appointments are available.

Registration will be closed July 2 through to July 9th. 
From July 12th to August 27th, registration will be by appointment only. You must call or email the Registration Team (contact below) to set up the right time. 

If you have challenges accessing the form, or have other questions, please call the Registration Team at 604.517.6200 or email registrations@sd40.bc.ca.

In order to complete your registration, you will need to complete the following form: Registration Form and provide some combination of the documents listed in the new document guide for parents & caregivers.

Programs of Choice

The regular registration period for our Programs of Choice closed on February 12th, at 4pm, as per AP 300: priority placement was given to those with sibling status (defined by AP 220). All other applicants were placed in a randomized draw, held on Monday March 1, 2021.

New Westminster Schools is offering parents the option to add your names to the waitlists for our Programs of Choice. Priority placement, where available or applicable, will be based on the criteria listed on each of the below linked forms.

To add your name to the waitlist for Early French Immersion: https://newwestschools.ca/early-french-immersion-application-2/
To add your name to the waitlist for Late French Immersion: https://newwestschools.ca/late-french-immersion-application-2/
To add your name to the waitlist for our Montessori Programs: https://newwestschools.ca/montessori-application-2/

New Westminster Schools offers multiple Programs of Choice. To learn more about what they are, please click here: https://newwestschools.ca/programs-services/programs-of-choice/overview/

Any families who will be new to the District in September of 2021, and are interested in having their children enrolled in a Program of Choice will be asked to follow the same process.

For questions on Programs of Choice, please email programsofchoice@sd40.bc.ca

Home Learners Program

The Home Learners Program (HLP) is a hybrid model of learning offered by New Westminster Schools … a Distributed Learning program that combines face-to-face and home learning, where our BC certified teachers are supporting parents and students in developing their own learning path.

You can find out more about the program in the Programs of Choice section of our website.

The regular registration period for our Home Learners Program closed on February 12th, at 4pm, as per AP 300. A timestamped waitlist for this program was opened on March 3, 2021.

To add your name to the waitlist and show your interest in the the Home Learners Program: https://newwestschools.ca/home-learners-program-show-of-interest-form-2/


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

The regular application window for out-of-catchment applications closed on February 12th, at 4pm, as per AP 300. A timestamped waitlist was open from March 3 to May 20. We have already placed all the students we can for the upcoming school year, and will use our standing waitlist if additional spaces become available. If you would like to add your name to the waitlist, you can do so here: https://newwestschools.ca/out-of-catchment-application-2/ Catchment Area Child – means a person of school age, and resident in the catchment area of the school. Out-of-Catchment Area Child – means a person of school age, and a resident in the school district and non-resident in the catchment area of the school. Out-of-Catchment Transfer – means a school-age student or child applying to attend a school other than the catchment school, by request.
The regular application window for out-of-district placement closed on February 12th, at 4pm, as per AP 300. A timestamped waitlist was open from March 3 to May 20. Due to increasing enrollment within New Westminster we will not be accepting additional applications for the upcoming school year. *The window for out-of-district applications was open from 9am on January 11th to 4pm on February 12th, 2021.
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. The parent/legal guardian can request a New Westminster tuition fee waiver. It is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to demonstrate meeting funding eligibility requirements every year or fees may lawfully be charged for the student to attend school.

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.


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