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Out of Catchment

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Last updated on Thursday, February 06, 2014.

2014-2015 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.

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.

Secondary School

Beginning September 2014, secondary schools will not be accepting Out-of-Catchment requests.

Forms

Download the Elementary Out of Catchment 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 spaces exist 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%.

If the school is NOT experiencing significant new development pressures.

If the school is NOT undergoing a boundary change for the 2014/2015 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 the four elementary school reviews in the 2013/2014 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 12
First day principals may approve Out-of-Catchment requests from those submitted between February 7-12 (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,  2014)
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.

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.