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Registration in New Westminster Schools
New Students at community schools for 2020 – 2021
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 2020/2021 school year:
- Please reach out to the office at your catchment school to make an appointment for you to submit your paperwork and application.
- Due to COVID-19 related safety measures, no walk-ins to our schools are permitted, appointments must be made in advance. Masks must be worn by all adults (and all middle and secondary students) while entering schools or moving through shared spaces like hallways or offices.
- Schools that are currently full (at either limited or all grade levels, which potentially include McBride, Herbert Spencer, Qayqayt and FW Howay) may not be able to enroll your child for the 2020/2021 school year. In which case they will accept your application and send your information to the School Board Office for placement. When submitting your application, you may include a request for alternate schools of preference, and best efforts will be made to place your child at one of those schools.
At your appointment to register, you will need to fill in forms and provide supporting documentation. Registration forms and a Registration Documentation Checklist are available by clicking on the links.
Programs Of Choice
We appreciate your interest in our Programs of Choice. At this time, registration for the 2020/2021 school year is closed.
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/
Out Of Catchment/In District Student Applications
We appreciate your interest in our Out Of Catchment/In District Student Applications. At this time, we are not accepting out of catchment applications.
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.
Out Of District Student Applications
We appreciate your interest in our Out Of District Student Applications. At this time, we will not be accepting out of district applications.
A student who is in New Westminster accompanied by a parent/legal guardian who meets the criteria may be eligible for provincial funding. 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.
Student applications will be categorized by category (see below). The list will identify “eligible consideration for enrollment” the following September.
In-catchment area children:
Regular registration for September 2020 closed March 13, 2020.
Applications received after second March 13, 2020 are being placed on a waiting list. These applications will be accommodated as space allows, on a first come first serve basis.
From time-to-time, due to space limitations, enrolment projects, and class size and composition limits, it may be necessary to temporarily limit particular classes, grades or schools. Schools at, or approaching, capacity may be designated as ‘full’ by the district. The acceptance of any out-of-catchment and out-of-district and/or late transfer applicants will be restricted and possibly prohibited altogether at these school sites.
- space, facilities, and resources are determined to be available by the Superintendent or designate in consultation with the school principal; and
- application deadlines and other registration requirements have been met, then enrolment in educational programs in a school will be offered in the following priority order:
- Continuing catchment students are automatically re-enrolled;
- Continuing out-of-catchment and out-of-district students are automatically re-enrolled when remaining in the same school and program;
- New catchment area students;
- Siblings of out-of-catchment continuing students;
- Students who are out-of-catchment and who are registered in and attending before and/or after-school childcare at a licensed childcare facility within the catchment area;
- Students who are out-of-catchment;
- Siblings of continuing out-of-district students;
- Students who are out-of-district.
Out-of-catchment and out-of-district students who attend school in New Westminster and students enrolled in special programs (e.g.) French Immersion, Montessori, etc. are expected to find their own means of traveling to and from school.
*Due to COVID-19 related complications and accommodations some changes to how priority registrations are managed may be necessary, as per AP 166-Pandemic Response that outlines the Superintendent’s authority to suspend usual practices and guidelines to deal with the matter.
Waitlists will be established for those not accepted immediately, to be maintained until the last day of instruction in September. Re-evaluation of space availability will take place periodically until the last day of instruction in September to ensure that the maximum numbers of requests are met at the earliest time possible.
*Due to COVID-19 related complications and accommodations some changes to how waitlists are dealt with may be made, as per AP 166-Pandemic Response that outlines the Superintendent’s authority to suspend usual practices and guidelines to deal with the matter.
Students who wish to transition as an out-of-catchment or out-of-district student from elementary to middle or middle to secondary must apply to the desired out-of-catchment/out-of-district school.
Detailed information regarding student registration is outlined in Administrative Procedure 300 – Student Registration, Enrollment and Placement.
PLEASE NOTE: If an enrollment timeline listed in AP 300 falls on a weekend, the date recognized by the Administrative Procedure for Student Registration will be the Monday following that date.