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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.
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.
Beginning September 2014, secondary schools no longer accept Out-of-Catchment requests.
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?
|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.|
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|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.