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Last updated on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

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This School Locator site is designed to aid in the identification of school assignments. For retrieving approximate distances to a school based on a residential address, please visit the Hamilton Wentworth Student Transportation Services.

2015-2016 School Year

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has attendance boundaries for each of its schools. All students are directed to attend their home school allowing the Board to make the most effective use of its schools and staff. In some cases, families want their child to attend a school that is not their “home school”. Students attending an Out-of-Catchment school are not eligible for transportation services. Link to School Locator

Below is a link to the list of schools that may accept Out-of-Catchment requests, as well as the form for Elementary students, and a link to some Frequently Asked Questions.

The list of schools open or closed to Out-of-Catchment is reviewed and updated annually and is based on enrolment at each site.

Principals will review the applications they receive and will offer registration to families if space allows. Schools closed to Out-of-Catchment do not accept applications for Out-of-Catchment and do not generate a waitlist.

Note: Out-of-Catchment requests received after February 13th, 2015 will not be reviewed until after the latter half of September, 2015. For more details, please see the Questions and Answers tab below.

Entering Kindergarten

If you have another child entering the school system, he/she is not guaranteed space at the Out-of-Catchment school his/her sibling attends. All students are directed to attend their home school and can apply to attend a different school, provided there is space.

Transfers to Middle/Senior School

If you currently have a child attending a school through the Out-of-Catchment process, his/her attendance at their current school does not guarantee them a placement at the middle/senior school associated with his/her current school. Parents/Guardians will need to apply to request their child be allowed to attend a school different from their home school, through the Out-of-Catchment application process. If your child’s next school is not accepting Out-of-Catchment students, your child will return to his/her home school.

Forms

Download the Out of Catchment Application Form.

Out of Catchment


Open to Out of Catchment - Grades JK to 8


Closed to Out of Catchment - JK - 8


Questions & Answers

What is the Board’s Out-of-Catchment practice?

A principal may consider Out-of-Catchment requests and register students who are requesting Out-of-Catchment consideration IF space exists within the school.

What is the criteria for determining if a school can accept Out-of-Catchment students?

The criteria for determining Out-of-Catchment includes the following:

If the school does NOT have portables on site or a utilization of or greater than 95%. However, schools below 95% utilization may be closed to Out-of-Catchment students due to unique accommodation pressures.

If the school is NOT experiencing significant new development pressures.

If the school is NOT undergoing a boundary change for the 2015/2016 year.

If the school is NOT currently holding students for a new school.

If the school is NOT a French Immersion School

If the school is NOT involved in an elementary school review during the school year.

Who approves the application?

The principal of school, and his/her decision is final.

When do I have to apply for Out-of-Catchment and when will I find out if my application was approved?

Elementary
February 13
First day principals of schools open to Out-of-Catchment may approve requests from those submitted between February 9-13 (pending the numbers available in the class). Principals will continue to accept Out-of-Catchment applications and create an Out-of-Catchment waitlist. School principals will, in consultation with Planning and Accommodation and their Superintendent of Student Achievement, review any students on their waitlist and determine if acceptance will be granted. Acceptance must not lead to the creation of an additional class at the school.
Week 3 of School
(September,  2015)
School principals of schools open to Out-of-Catchment will, in consultation with Planning and Accommodation and their Superintendent of Student Achievement, review any students on their waitlist and determine if acceptance will be granted. Acceptance must not lead to the creation of an additional class at the school.

If I have a child already attending a school Out-of-Catchment, will my other children be able to attend the same school?

Only if the school is accepting Out-of-Catchment applications.

Can my child stay in the Out-of-Catchment area when moving from an Elementary junior to middle school?

No. A new Out-of-Catchment request is required. If there is no space, the child will have to return to their home middle school.

Can my child stay in the Out-of-Catchment area when moving from Elementary to Secondary school?

No. Out-of-Catchment requests are closed to secondary schools.

If my child is accepted at an Out-of-Catchment school, could they be asked to return to their home school if enrolment increases?

Once an Elementary Out-of-Catchment request is accepted the student will be allowed to attend the school until graduation from the school in which the Out-of-Catchment application was granted.

Will my child receive transportation to their Out-of-Catchment school?

Transportation is not provided for Out-of-Catchment students.

Can my child attend a French Immersion school that is Out-of-Catchment?

No, there are no Out-of-Catchment acceptances at French Immersion schools.

I have a French Immersion school within my catchment area that I would like my child to attend in JK. Can I enrol them in this school (Courtesy JK Registration)?

The French Immersion Program starts at Grade 1. All schools with French Immersion are closed to Out-of-Catchment students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8.


Please select the type of school you wish to view.

Associated Cluster Maps show which Elementary Schools are within the Secondary Boundaries.

All Maps in PDF format and Adobe Acrobat is required to View the Maps.

Please Note: All maps are for display purposes only and are subject to change



Junior Elementary Schools


JK to 8 Elementary Schools


Middle Schools


Secondary Schools


French Immersion


International Baccalaureate


Ward Maps


Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board provides the following distinct levels of education and a French Immersion program:

Kindergarten

Get information on how to enrol your child in Kindergarten.


Elementary

Register for Elementary School

During the school year, if you’re new to the area and your child is already of school age, please register at your area school as soon as possible.

If you’re arriving during the summer, go to your area school during the last week of August to register. The school can then assign your child to a class

Note: If the student is not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, the status of the Parent or Guardian will determine the ability to attend school. Under new Immigration rules, those with a Study Permit, Work Permit, refugee claimant, or landed immigrant may attend a school with proper documentation. Fees may be charged in accordance with Education Act regulations. Please contact Gail Belissario at 905-527-5092, ext.2429 for further information.and he/she will be ready to start school on the first day.

Required Information

The school will require one of the following:

  • Proof of Birth (Birth Certificate)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • New Permanent Resident Card

In addition, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Student and parent/guardian’s full mailing address (example: as shown on a hydro bill)
  • Parent/guardian’s place of employment and telephone number
  • Previous school record and school contact information
  • Emergency contact person and telephone number
  • Immunization record
  • Doctor’s name, address and telephone number
  • Custody information (if applicable)

Download this registration form.


Secondary

Register for Secondary SchoolDuring the school year, if you’re new to the area and your child was enrolled in secondary school, please register at your area secondary school as soon as possible.

If you’re arriving during the summer, please contact the school in your area to find out registration dates and make an appointment with a principal or vice-principal.

Note: If the student is not a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident, the status of the Parent or Guardian will determine the ability to attend school. Under new Immigration rules, those with a Study Permit, Work Permit, refugee claimant, or landed immigrant may attend a school with proper documentation. Fees may be charged in accordance with Education Act regulations. Please contact Gail Belissario at 905-527-5092, ext.2429 for further information.

The school will require one of the following:

  • Proof of Birth (Birth Certificate)
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • New Permanent Resident Card

In addition, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Student and parent/guardian’s full mailing address (example: as shown on a hydro bill)
  • Parent/guardian’s place of employment and telephone number
  • Previous school record and school contact information
  • Emergency contact person and telephone number
  • Immunization record
  • Doctor’s name, address and telephone number
  • Custody information (if applicable)

Download this registration form.


Assessment Centre

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has established an Assessment Centre which consolidates key resources and services in one location so newcomer families can access easily. This Centre accelerates the process by which non-English students are assessed and integrated into HWDSB schools. The primary function is to promote and support the acculturation of families and increase the probability of student success. The Centre also provides an opportunity for adolescents and adults returning to school to become accurately placed on an educational pathway.


Questions and Answers

What school will my child attend?

Find and Register for School  to help identify a school.

What time does the bus pickup/drop-off my student?

Use our Bus Stop Finder to help identify the times.

What time does school start/finish?

Please visit the school website to view bell times.


What programs can my child take?

See our programs and to help determine what extra programs are available for your child.

Where can I get transportation information?

Learn more about Transportation to our schools.