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Last updated on Monday, May 09, 2016.

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For retrieving approximate distances to a school based on a residential address, please visit the Hamilton Wentworth Student Transportation Services.

2016-2017 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 Out-of-Catchment application forms for elementary and secondary and a link to some Frequently Asked Questions.

The list of schools open or closed to Out-of-Catchment is reviewed and updated annually. Schools closed to Out-of-Catchment do not accept applications for Out-of-Catchment and do not generate a wait list.

Application Dates

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/Secondary 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/secondary 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

Out of Catchment

Open to Out of Catchment - Grades JK to 8

Closed to Out of Catchment - JK - 8

Open to Out of Catchment - Secondary

Closed to Out of Catchment - Secondary

Questions & Answers

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

In elementary, a principal may receive out-of-catchment requests through a completed application form if their school is open to out-of-catchment.

In secondary, a review committee may consider out-of-catchment requests through a completed application form if a school is open to out-of-catchment. Applications must be received by March 4 at 4:00 p.m.

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 there is space availability within a school as determined by the Board’s Accommodation and Planning Department. However, some schools may also have unique accommodation pressures.

If the school is NOT experiencing significant new development pressures.

If the school is NOT undergoing a boundary change for the 2016/2017 year.

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

If the school does not offer a French Immersion program.

If the school is NOT involved in a pupil accommodation review during the school year.

Who approves the application?

At the elementary level, the school’s principal approves the application and his/her decision is final. In secondary schools, a committee made up of superintendents and administrators will review applications between March 5 and March 11, 2016.

When do I have to apply for Out-of-Catchment?

Elementary

If you applied before February 12, you will be notified by the end of February if your application was accepted. Applications after February 12 will be placed on a waiting list and reviewed the third week of September.

Secondary

You will be notified by mid-March if your application was accepted.

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

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 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, all schools with a French Immersion Program are closed to out-of-catchment.

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

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 Paula Stableford, Interim Supervisor of Admissions and International Education Programs, at 905-527-5092 ext. 2235 for further information.

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

During 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. PPlease contact Paula Stableford, Interim Supervisor of Admissions and International Education Programs, at 905-527-5092 ext. 2235 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?

Please visit our programs webpage to see what is available for your child.

Where can I get transportation information?

Learn more about Transportation to our schools.

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