Registration - Registration Information & Forms

Registration in New Westminster Schools

New Students For 2020 – 2021

New Westminster Schools welcomes students to our schools. We offer 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 1 secondary school and alternate, online, home learning and adult education programs to deliver a wide range of programs, opportunities and pathways to enrich our students.

All new students can register at their catchment school between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday as indicated in our registration timelines below. Registration forms and a checklist of required documents are available by clicking on the links. You will also find an overview of registration procedures here.

Students Leaving School/District Declaration

Our schools need accurate enrollment information in order to begin planning for next school year. If you are moving to another school district or moving to another catchment within our district (proof of address required at catchment school for catchment change), please complete the form below.

This form is for students who are:

  • Moving to another school, or moving out of district at the end of the school year.
  • Transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle to high school AND moving out of the catchment of their current middle school or NWSS in the summer.

This form is NOT for students who are:

  • Applying for a program of choice.
  • Transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle to high school but will be attending their catchment school.

Click here for form.

Kindergarten

Children who were born in 2015 are eligible to begin school in September 2020. In the spring our schools offer Ready, Set, Learn and Welcome to Kindergarten to assist your child in transitioning to school. See registration timelines below.

Programs Of Choice

We appreciate your interest in our Programs of Choice. At this time, registration for the 2020/2021 school year is closed. Please check back later and we’ll update information for the following year.

New Westminster Schools offers the following Programs of Choice:

 

EARLY FRENCH IMMERSION (EFI)

Locations: École Herbert Spencer (Grades K‐5), École Qayqayt (Grades K‐5), École Lord Tweedsmuir (Grades K‐5)

LATE FRENCH IMMERSION (LFI)

Location: École Glenbrook Middle School (Grades 6‐8)

FRENCH IMMERSION (FI)

Location: New Westminster Secondary School (Grades 9‐12)

MONTESSORI (Elementary)

Locations: Connaught Heights and Richard McBride (Grades K‐5)

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA (GRADES 11 AND 12)

Location: New Westminster Secondary School (Grades 11 and12) – application in Grade 10 through New Westminster Secondary School

 

Prior to applying for Programs of Choice above, students must first register at their catchment school from Monday, January 13, 2020 to Friday, February 14, 2020. Applications to Montessori and French Immersion programs are made online. The programs of choice registration link will open January 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. and close Friday February 14, 2020 at 4:00. Parents will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the application. This email does not indicate acceptance into the program. Acceptance into the program is done through a lottery and successful applicants will be notified by email and will be require to accept the placement within 24 hours of the email sent time.

In‐Catchment Registrations

Registrations for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted at your catchment school, starting Mondary January 13, 2020 – Friday March 13, 2020 between the hours of 9:30 and 2:30 for all students new to New Westminster.

Applications from new students to enroll for the next school year will be received at their catchment school 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parents/guardians must register their child at their catchment school before completing a Programs of Choice, Out-of-Catchment or Out-of-District Application. Registrations received after March 13, 2020 will be accommodated at the student’s catchment school as space allows.

Out Of Catchment/In District Student Applications

We appreciate your interest in our Out Of Catchment/In District Student Applications. At this time, registration for the 2020/2021 school year is closed. Please check back later and we’ll update information for the following year.

In district students wishing to attend a school out of catchment must first register at their catchment school and then complete an Out‐of‐Catchment form. Forms will be available on our website for submission starting January 13, 2020 (9:00 a.m.). Admission decisions may not be finalized until June 2020.

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, registration for the 2020/2021 school year is closed. Please check back later and we’ll update information for the following year.

Out‐of‐district students who do not reside in New Westminster may apply for admission to a New Westminster school by completing an Out‐of‐District form. Forms will be available on our website for submission starting January 13, 2020 (9:00 a.m). Admission decisions may not be finalized until June 2020.

Out-of-District Child – means a person of school age, resident in British Columbia, and non-resident in the school district.

Placement Procedures

Student applications will be categorized by category (see below). The list will identify “eligible consideration for enrollment the following September.

In-catchment area children:

Registration will be accepted beginning Monday January 13, 2020 for September 2020 school start to March 13, 2020.

Applications received after second March 13, 2020 are placed on a waiting list.

Application received after March 13, 2020 will be accommodated as space allows on a first come first serve basis.

All placements will be confirmed before the end of June, 2020.

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 severely restricted and possibly prohibited altogether at these school sites. Parents wishing to enroll their child in the class, grade or school concerned may be required to enroll the child in the school designated by the Superintendent or designate.

Enrolment and Registration Timelines 2020-2021

Students currently registered in New Westminster Schools are automatically transitioned within their school or to their next school for 2020. Currently registered students are not required to re-apply. Currently registered students intending to change schools must complete an out-of-catchment registration form (see timelines below). Due to our increased enrolment we ask that currently registered students intending to move out of district advise school principals of their intention to enable the principal to plan for September.


In-Catchment and In-District Students

January 13, 2020 – March 13, 2020 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

All Kindergarten applications and all new students (in-catchment, in-district) apply, and will be accommodated, at their catchment school. Registrations received after 2:30 p.m. on March 13, 2020 will be accommodated at the student’s catchment school as space allows.


Out of Catchment/Out of District Students

We appreciate your interest in our Out of Catchment/Out of District Student Applications. At this time, registration for the 2020/2021 school year is closed. Please check back later and we’ll update information for the following year.

Out of catchment and out of district students must first register at their catchment school and then complete an Out of Catchment or Out of District Form.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email indicating receipt of the online application. Admission decisions may not be finalized before the June 5, 2020. Accepting schools will inform applicants will be informed of placement decisions.


Programs of Choice

We appreciate your interest in our Programs of Choice. At this time, registration for the 2020/2021 school year is closed. Please check back later and we’ll update information for the following year.
Prior to applying for Programs of Choice students must first register at their catchment school as indicated above.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email indicating receipt of the online application. Admission decisions may not be finalized before the end of June 2020. Applicants will be informed of placement decisions through an acceptance email that you must reply to within 24 hours in order to confirm placement.


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.

Priority Order

If:

  • 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:
    1. Continuing catchment students are automatically re-enrolled;
    2. Continuing out-of-catchment and out-of-district students are automatically re-enrolled when remaining in the same school and program;
    3. New catchment area students;
    4. Siblings of out-of-catchment continuing students;
    5. 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;
    6. Students who are out-of-catchment;
    7. Siblings of continuing out-of-district students;
    8. 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.

Waitlists

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.

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.

School Transition

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.

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