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Kindergarten Registration

We are excited to welcome kindergarten registration applications for children born in 2015, turning 5 in 2020. These children will begin kindergarten in September, 2020. Registration begins November 1, 2019.

Families are encouraged to register any time during the Priority 1 registration period (November – January) for the best chance at attending their catchment school. All registration applications received any time during the Priority 1 registration period will receive placement decisions by February 7, 2020. 

Please join us at one of our parent information evenings specifically for kindergarten families. At these sessions we will provide information on how and when to register, as well as program options including French Immersion and Montessori. 

October 15 - McNeely Elementary - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
October 16 - Anderson Elementary - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
October 22 - Byng Elementary - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
October 24 – Spulukwuks Elementary - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Kindergarten evening for parents of students with special needs:

November 13 – Brighouse Elementary Library - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

As per district policy, a student will normally attend the school located in their catchment area in which their parents or legal guardians reside unless there is no physical, resource or program space available. For the 2020/21 school year, this provision may need to be applied more frequently, potentially resulting in more students needing placement outside their catchment school. 

What is my catchment school?

A student will normally attend the school located in the catchment area in which their parents or legal guardians reside unless there is no physical, resource or program space available. You can find your catchment school by using the school locator .


When do I register?

Priority 1 Registration opens November 1 and closes on Friday, January 24.
Families who apply to register their 2020/21 kindergarten children anytime during this time period will have the best chance at attending their catchment school.

Priority 2 Registration Period opens Monday, January 27 and closes Friday, May 15.
Registration applications accepted during this time period will be subject to availability of program, resource and physical space available at the catchment schools. For some families, this will result in being placed at a nearby school by the District Administrator for Central Registration. All Priority 1 registrations will be placed prior to placing any Priority 2 registrations.

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Where do I register?

All student registrations are completed at the Central Registration Office.

How do I register my child?

Complete the online registration form, then bring your registration number and required documents into the Central Registration Office between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on weekdays. We also have four evenings in November open specifically for kindergarten families. Bring your required documents to Central Registration on November 7, 14, 21 or 28 between 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Will I have a better chance of being placed in my catchment school if I register early?

No. All registrations received during the Priority 1 period will be considered equal. Registrations are not prioritized by date and there is no preference given to a registration that is received in November as compared to a registration that is received in January. Please register any time from November 1 - January 24 that is convenient for your family. If there are more applications to register than spots available, a random draw (lottery) within the category will be held.

What are the required documents?

The custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must personally attend to register. Children are welcome to attend, however it is not required.

Required Documents - English.pdf
Required Documents - Chinese.pdf
Will I get into my catchment school?

As per district policy, a student will normally attend the school located in their catchment area in which their parents or legal guardians reside unless there is no physical, resource or program space available.

Schools will have a set number of available kindergarten spaces, referred to as a “sustainable cohort” size. As per district policy kindergarten registration applications will be processed in the following order.

  1. Students with a catchment sibling who will attend the school and program in 2020/21
  2. Students with a non-catchment sibling who will attend the school and program in 2020/21
  3. Catchment students
  4. Students with a Non-Richmond resident sibling who will attend the school and program in 2020/21

If there are more applications to register than spots available, a random draw (lottery) within the category will be held.

Current enrolment and registration situations for elementary schools is available here: Enrolment and Registration.pdf

What about district program options like French Immersion and Montessori?

In addition to registering for kindergarten, families are able to apply for a district program option such as French Immersion or Montessori. For more information on these programs please visit the district program options website.

Applications for kindergarten district program options open November 1 and close January 24, 2020. Application forms need to be submitted in person to the Central Registration Office during office hours.

What if I want to apply to attend a school that is outside my catchment area?

Students who are registered in the Richmond School district are able to apply for an out of catchment transfer . For 2020/21, the Round 1 transfer application period will be open from February 11 – 28, 2020. Transfer decisions will be provided to parents by Friday, March 13.

Who needs a Letter of Acceptance to register?

Letters of Acceptance are needed by parents/legal guardians who:

  1. Have refugee status
  2. Have a valid work permit and proof of employment. Work permits must be valid for minimum one year.
  3. Have a valid study permit and have been accepted into a qualifying degree or diploma program. Study permits must be valid for minimum one year.
  4. Are on an international government sponsored contract.
  5. Have a child who is in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Letter of Acceptance application forms and the list of required documents are available at the Central Registration Office. Application processing time is approximately two weeks. If approved, the Letter of Acceptance must be picked up by parents/legal guardians within 14 days and presented at the time of registration. For more detailed information about Funding Eligibility for students in British Columbia, please visit http://bit.ly/2WvBdoD

If you did not find your answers above and have further questions then please contact Central Registration at 604-668-6058.






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