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.

To register for the 2022/2023 school year

New Westminster Schools 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).

As we are outside of the regular registration period 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 can either:

  1. Book a 5 minute appointment with our Registration Team, where you bring a completed registration form and the documents outlined in the (below) Document Guide for Parents and Caregivers.  
  2. Book a 15 minute appointment with our Registration Team, where you bring the documents outlined in the (below) Document Guide for Parents and Caregivers, and the team will help you print, photocopy and complete all required paperwork.

Documents you will need:

To book a 5 or 15 minute appointment with our Registration Team, please use this calendar: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/RegistrationsCalendar@sd40.bc.ca/bookings/

The Welcome Centre summer registration hours

Limited staffing through the summer and the time required to support other programs or system updates will mean that there will be some weeks or days where appointments will not be available. This includes:

  • July 4th to 8th
  • August 15th to 19th
  • Other individual days as required

To ensure there will be someone to help you, please make sure to use our appointment booking option above.

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

The registration window for the 2023-24 school year opens on 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.

While we cannot accept registrations for the 2023-24 school year before November 7th, appointments can be made for that, or any later date, up to 14 calendar days in advance (e.g. the appointments for November 7 will open on October 24th).

*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 new Welcome Centre who can support you through your appointment. 


Programs of Choice

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.

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

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 17th and February 11th were entered into a random lottery to determine placement (this process is not time-sensitive for those who applied within the assigned window).
    • Applications for students who want to join the program in grades 2 or higher were 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 were entered into the lottery to determine placement (this process is not time-sensitive within this window).
  • Montessori
    • All new Montessori students with sibling status were given first priority.
    • Applications for Kindergarten or Grade 1 entry that were received between January 17th and February 11th were 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 were 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 Home Learners Program is currently offered under the Distributed Learning policy. The Ministry of Education has made revisions to this policy. We made the decision to delay this application window from other Programs of Choice, to allow time to get more clarity on a few key possible outcomes, and expect to have more information before March 11th on whether or not we anticipate any adjustments to the program as a result of the Ministry revisions. As the start of the application window was delayed a week, it has been extended accordingly.
    • Your show of interest has been sent on to the HLP team, and someone from that program will reach out to determine the next steps in seeing if the program is the right fit for your family.
    • 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

While the regular registration window for our Programs of Choice for the 2022-23 school year has closed, families who would like to apply to be put on the waitlists may do so, using the below links. All applications will be time stamped, should openings become available. All waitlists will be dissolved on September 29th, 2022.

January 10-14, 2022 was Discover New Westminster Schools Week! Throughout the week we held informations sessions that spoke to our Programs of Choice, course selection and other learning options available to students. You can find the recordings of these 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.