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2023-24 Out-of-Catchment Process

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2023-24 Out-of-Catchment Process

out of catchmentHWDSB has attendance boundaries for each of its schools. As a default, all students are directed to attend their In-Catchment School, allowing the Board to make the most effective use of its schools and staff. In some cases, families want their child to attend an Out-of-Catchment School.

Schools who are accepting out-of-catchment applications will consider students from outside their catchment area. Schools that are closed to out of catchment do not accept Out-of-Catchment applications unless students are enrolled in a specialized program (see below). Lists of Elementary and Secondary schools open to Out-of-Catchment can be found in the tabs below.

Please note that students attending an Out-of-Catchment school are not eligible for transportation services. Parents will be responsible for arranging transportation to and from their child/ren’s Out-of-Catchment school. Information about transportation eligibility can be found here.

French Immersion, SHSM and Other Specialized Programs

Some programs like French Immersion and Specialist High Skill Majors (SHSM) have catchment areas that are larger than typical school boundaries for enrolled students. An Out-of-Catchment form is not required for these programs.

Students participating in specialized programming hosted at an Out-of-Catchment school must complete an Out-of-Catchment form as part of their application if residing outside of the school’s catchment boundaries. Application requirements vary for each program. Learn more about our specialized programs, available at both the Elementary and Secondary level.

Note: By default, students will be registered at their in-catchment school. Only students applying to attend an Out-of-Catchment school are required to complete the Out-of-Catchment application.

Important Dates for Elementary Schools OPEN to Out-of-Catchment:

  • Application Due Date: Friday, March 3, 2023, by 4 p.m.
  • Decision Notification: Friday, March 10, 2023 by 4 p.m.

NOTE:  Applications may be submitted after March 3, 2023, but will not be reviewed until the week of September 11, 2023.

Important Dates for Secondary Schools OPEN to Out-of-Catchment:

NOTE: No applications will be accepted after March 3, 2023.

Open to Out of Catchment - Secondary (2023-2024)

The following Secondary Schools are OPEN to Out-of-Catchment applications.

Closed to Out of Catchment - Secondary (2023-2024)

The following Secondary Schools are CLOSED to Out-of-Catchment applications.

Updated on Friday, January 27, 2023.
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