Our Schools - Registration - School Capacity Status

We’re proud to be one of the fastest growing district in Metro Vancouver … with enrollment numbers continuing to surpass previous projections. And our staff are working incredibly hard to keep up with the needs of New Westminster’s growing number of students and families.

Interested in reading more about this work? We updated our Long Range Facilities Plan in August of 2021, which speaks to what our capital and infrastructure people are busy working on.

As a result of the growth, while we are committed to continue to support students living in our community, we are now facing the reality that we can not always accommodate students and families at their catchment school, and we will need to sometimes limit transfers for those requesting out-of-catchment placements. It is our goal to place every student we can into their catchment or prefered school. But, in our current situation, sometimes it will mean a school, or a specific grade at a school, may be deemed full for the purpose of placing new students.

As we move forward, the capacity status of our schools is being regularly monitored. The below will be updated as needed.

School capacity status

New Registrations and Transfer Requests

In-catchment applications for enrollment are being accepted for all schools within the District, including those deemed at full capacity. However, due to physical space limitations, the following schools have been deemed at full capacity, at this time:

  • Glenbrook Middle
  • Fraser River Middle
  • Queensborough Middle
  • Herbert Spencer Elementary
  • Lord Kelvin Elementary
  • Qayqayt Elementary
  • Queen Elizabeth Elementary
  • Skwo:wech Elementary

For the above schools, we will not be accepting transfer requests.

What it means for a school to be deemed as being at full capacity

The enrolment is being monitored carefully as these schools are at, or approaching, their physical capacity. Giving a school “full capacity” status means that it is anticipated that there may be more students than spaces available. The District is managing enrollment so that we can provide the best possible chances for in-catchment students to attend now, and in the future.

At these schools, new in-catchment students may not be guaranteed placement in specific grades. In-catchment students who cannot be accommodated will be waitlisted for their catchment school and then placed at the closest possible school in the District, as space permits.

Students placed in another school by the District, due to lack of available space in their catchment school, will be given priority to transfer to their catchment school the following school year.

Schools deemed at capacity are closed for transfer requests. Transfer requests to any other schools can be made within the registration timelines (timelines are listed in the Out-of-catchment and Out-of-district drop down sections, near the bottom of the Registration page). Transfers to closed schools may be requested only by those families who are looking to enroll a new student at the school, who already have an older sibling attending the closed school.

Notes: The above designation of full capacity status does not affect students who are currently enrolled in schools or specific programs – this status only affects the placement of students who are new to the District, or those applying for out-of-catchment transfers. Students enrolled in a New Westminster Early French Immersion program, will be guaranteed placement in a middle school French Immersion Program when they transition to Grade 6. Students enrolled at their catchment elementary schools will be placed at their catchment middle schools. 

In all cases student enrollment will be based on the priorities listed in District Administrative Procedure 300.


Have questions about enrollment or registration at one of our schools? You can contact our Registration Team (working out of the Welcome Centre at NWSS) here: registrations@sd40.bc.ca or 604-517-6200.

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