Programs & Services - Programs of Choice - Overview

Programs of Choice – Overview

New Westminster Schools offers several programs of choice at a number of school sites. Entry into these programs is by application. These programs include Early and Late French Immersion, Montessori and the International Baccalaureate Program (NWSS). Other programs of choice and courses may be offered locally at NWSS. Please visit the school’s website to learn more about the courses offered at NWSS.

If you would like to learn more about Early French Immersion, Late French Immersion or Montessori, we offer Parent and Student information nights once a year. The dates for these events will be shared as they are set. In addition, more information is available by clicking the links to the left.

Application Procedure


Please note: Online applications for Programs of Choice are now closed. Applications for Late French Immersion, September 2018, are still being accepted from New Westminster residents. Please contact programsofchoice@sd40.bc.ca


Applications for Programs of Choice will be available online January 14, 2019 (9 am) – February 8, 2019 (4 pm) for students starting Kindergarten or grade one in September 2019 for Early French Immersion and Montessori, and for students entering grade 6 in September 2019 for Late French Immersion. A separate application form is required for each child. Enrollment in the program is limited. Please note: applications for Programs of Choice will no longer be accepted at the School Board Office reception.

2018 applications: An e-mail has been sent to all applicants confirming their application has been received. Parents are to email programsofchoice@sd40.bc.ca if they have not received notification of their application by the last Friday of February. A randomized, supervised draw process will be used to determine student placements conducted the first Monday after the last Friday of February. All other applicants would be placed on a waitlist. An e-mail communication to all applicants – whether or not the result of the lottery is successful for their child – will be sent out the first week of March.

If you submitted an application prior to June 30, 2015 you will receive an email, in the year you applied for, confirming your application has already been received. All waitlists are dissolved the last Friday of September at 4pm. For more information on items such as procedures, dates, and wait lists, please read Programs of Choice application procedures.

Please email us when applying for entry in grades other than K, 1, and 6 (Late French Immersion only). For more information please contact us by email.

Note:  Please be aware that spaces are limited in Programs of Choice. We offer one Kindergarten entry class at each of the three elementary schools for EFI, one Kindergarten entry class at each of the two elementary schools for Montessori, and the two entry grade six classes at Glenbrook Middle school for LFI.  An application does NOT guarantee a spot in a Program of Choice.


Parent Information Nights: November 2017/January 2018

Montessori Parent Information Presentation

Early French Immersion Parent Information Presentation

Late French Immersion Parent Information Presentation

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