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HWDSB’s School Locator helps identify the school a child attends. Please use Internet browsers Internet Explorer 7 or greater, Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Mobile devices and tablets are not supported. For assistance, please contact 905-527-5092.

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

Transportation for French Immersion is offered to students whose in catchment school exceeds the walking distances of:

Elementary School Grades 1-8 1.6 kms
Secondary School  Grades 9-12 3.2 kms

Grade 1 to 6 – Black and Yellow Buses with community stops.
A community stop is a centrally located stop, similar to a transit style stop, for students and may not be within walking distance of a student’s home. Community stops may change year to year based on the home addresses of students.

Grade 7 and 8 – HSR (unless there is an existing route that accommodates these students)

Grade 9 to 12 – HSR.

2020-2021 School Year

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has attendance boundaries for each of its schools. 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 a school that is not their In-Catchment. Students attending an Out-of-Catchment school are not eligible for transportation services. View the School Locator to see your In-catchment school.

The list of schools open or closed to Out-of-Catchment is reviewed and updated annually.  The updated list for 2020/2021 will be available during the week of January 27, 2020. Schools closed to Out-of-Catchment do not accept applications for Out-of-Catchment and do not generate a waitlist.

Application Form

Please be advised of the following important dates:

Elementary

For those schools listed as OPEN to Out-of-Catchment:

  • Application Due Date: Friday, February 21, 2020, at 4 p.m.
  • Decision Notification: Friday, March 6, 2020.

 NOTE:   Applications may be submitted after February 21, 2020, but will not be reviewed until the week of September 14, 2020

Secondary

For those schools listed as OPEN to Out-of-Catchment:

  • Application Due Date: Friday, February 28, 2020, at 4 p.m.
  • Decision Notification: Friday, March 6, 2020.

NOTE:  ALL secondary schools are CLOSED to Out-of-Catchment as of February 28, 2020, for the 2020/2021 school year.

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.

Out of Catchment

Schools that are closed to out of catchment do not accept out of catchment applications.

Open to Out of Catchment - JK to 8 (2020-2021)

Closed to Out of Catchment - JK to 8 (2020-2021)

Open to Out of Catchment - Secondary (2020-2021)

NOTE ALL secondary schools are CLOSED to Out-of-Catchment as of February 28, 2020, for the 2020/2021 school year.

Closed to Out of Catchment - Secondary (2020-2021)

NOTE ALL secondary schools are CLOSED to Out-of-Catchment as of February 28, 2020, for the 2020/2021 school year.

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.

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 available within a school, as determined by the Board’s Planning and Accommodation 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 review in the upcoming 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 upcoming 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.

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

Application dates for Out-of-Catchment will be posted during the week of January 27, 2020.

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. You can also view a map of all our schools.

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

Specialized High Skills Major

Specialized Programs

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.

During the school year, students new to the area and already of school age must register at their in-catchment (home) elementary school. Find your child’s home school in School Locator. For the out-of-catchment school process, click here.

If arriving during the summer, students must register at their in-catchment (home) school during the last week of August.

Who may register at school directly?

  • Canadian Citizen student or student who has applied for Canadian citizenship
  • Permanent Resident student or dependent of permanent residents in Canada
  • Student or dependent of a parent holding immigration documentation verifying refugee status, e.g. a Notice of Decision letter for Convention Refugee status or a Refugee Claimant Protection Document
  • Dependent of a parent who is on a Work Permit in Canada.

Who should come to the Admissions Office PRIOR to registering at school?

  • International fee paying student who has a visitor Visa or Study Permit
  • International Exchange student
  • Dependent of a parent who is on a Study Permit in Ontario
  • Student who has applied for Permanent Residence status in Canada and is awaiting approval
  • Canadian or Permanent Resident student whose parents live outside of Ontario
  • Student who has applied for refugee status but has not received documentation from Canada Immigration authorities verifying status
  • Dependent of a parent on a Temporary Resident Permit, Cleric Permit, Diplomat Status or Minister’s Permit
  • Student who has No Status or No Documentation in Canada

The Admissions Office can be reached at 905-527-5092 ext. 2235 or 2324. It is located inside the HWDSB Welcome Centre at 465 East 16th Street, Hamilton.

Bring the following original documents when registering at school:

  • Completed Student Registration Form
  • Proof of child’s age: birth certificate, passport, baptismal certificate or permanent resident card
  • Proof of address: utility bill, home phone /cable /internet bill, lease or purchase agreement, property tax bill or government mail (e.g. Service Ontario or Canada Revenue Agency)
    • Note: Driver’s license, cell phone bill or bank statement can not be accepted as per Ministry requirement
  • Proof of status in Canada: Canadian birth certificate or Canadian passport or proof of student’s Canadian citizenship application (including copy of the application, receipt from Canada immigration and mail/courier receipt), Permanent Resident Card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence letter, Refugee Claimant Protection Document, Notice of Decision letter for Convention Refugee status or Parent’s Work Permit
    • Note: An Ontario health card can not be used as proof of status, i.e. Canadian citizen or permanent resident status.
  • Proof of custody (if applicable): if a student is under 18 but not living with a biological parent, then one of these documents must be provided as proof of custody: Court Order, CAS letter, adoption papers, notarized Guardianship Agreement or notarized custodianship declaration forms (specifically for international students)

In addition,

  • It may be helpful to bring any previous school records or documents i.e. an IEP for programming and student support purposes.
  • Immunization/vaccine records

Parents are responsible for submitting their school-age child’s immunization/vaccine record to Hamilton Public Health. For more information on how to submit the immunization record and/or Hamilton Public Health protocols regarding vaccine exemptions, please visit hamilton.ca/vaccines.

Elementary

During the school year, students new to the area and already of school age must register at their in-catchment (home) elementary school. Find your child’s home school in School Locator. For the out-of-catchment school process, click here.

If arriving during the summer, students must register at their in-catchment (home) school during the last week of August.

Who may register at school directly?

  • Canadian Citizen student or student who has applied for Canadian citizenship
  • Permanent Resident student or dependent of permanent residents in Canada
  • Student or dependent of a parent holding immigration documentation verifying refugee status, e.g. a Notice of Decision letter for Convention Refugee status or a Refugee Claimant Protection Document
  • Dependent of a parent who is on a Work Permit in Canada.

Who should come to the Admissions Office PRIOR to registering at school?

  • International fee paying student who has a visitor Visa or Study Permit
  • International Exchange student
  • Dependent of a parent who is on a Study Permit in Ontario
  • Student who has applied for Permanent Residence status in Canada and is awaiting approval
  • Canadian or Permanent Resident student whose parents live outside of Ontario
  • Student who has applied for refugee status but has not received documentation from Canada Immigration authorities verifying status
  • Dependent of a parent on a Temporary Resident Permit, Cleric Permit, Diplomat Status or Minister’s Permit
  • Student who has No Status or No Documentation in Canada

The Admissions Office can be reached at 905-527-5092 ext. 2235 or 2324. It is located inside the HWDSB Welcome Centre at 465 East 16th Street, Hamilton.

Bring the following original documents when registering at school:

  • Completed Student Registration Form
  • Proof of child’s age: birth certificate, passport, baptismal certificate or permanent resident card
  • Proof of address: utility bill, home phone /cable /internet bill, lease or purchase agreement, property tax bill or government mail (e.g. Service Ontario or Canada Revenue Agency)
    • Note: Driver’s license, cell phone bill or bank statement can not be accepted as per Ministry requirement
  • Proof of status in Canada: Canadian birth certificate or Canadian passport or proof of student’s Canadian citizenship application (including copy of the application, receipt from Canada immigration and mail/courier receipt), Permanent Resident Card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence letter, Refugee Claimant Protection Document, Notice of Decision letter for Convention Refugee status or Parent’s Work Permit
    • Note: An Ontario health card can not be used as proof of status, i.e. Canadian citizen or permanent resident status.
  • Proof of custody (if applicable): if a student is under 18 but not living with a biological parent, then one of these documents must be provided as proof of custody: Court Order, CAS letter, adoption papers, notarized Guardianship Agreement or notarized custodianship declaration forms (specifically for international students)

In addition,

  • It may be helpful to bring any previous school records or documents i.e. an IEP for programming and student support purposes.
  • Immunization/vaccine records

Parents are responsible for submitting their school-age child’s immunization/vaccine record to Hamilton Public Health. For more information on how to submit the immunization record and/or Hamilton Public Health protocols regarding vaccine exemptions, please visit hamilton.ca/vaccines.

Secondary

During the school year, students new to the area and previously enrolled in secondary school must register at their in-catchment (home) secondary school. Find your homeschool in School Locator. For the out-of-catchment school process, click here.

If arriving during the summer, contact your home school for information regarding the registration process.

If you are transferring from a secondary school outside of Ontario, or from a non-inspected private school or a homeschooling environment, you will need to contact the Welcome Centre to book an English and numeracy or Prior Learning Equivalency Credit (PLEC) assessment PRIOR to registering at school.

Who may register at school directly?

  • Canadian Citizen student or student who has applied for Canadian citizenship
  • Permanent Resident student or dependent of permanent residents in Canada
  • Student or dependent of a parent holding immigration documentation verifying refugee status, e.g. a Notice of Decision letter for Convention Refugee status or a Refugee Claimant Protection Document
  • Dependent (under 18) of a parent who is on a Work Permit in Canada. If the student is 18 or above and accompanies a parent on a Work Permit, the student/parent must be directed to the Admissions Office PRIOR to school registration.

Who should come to the Admissions Office PRIOR to registering at school?

  • International fee-paying who has a visitor Visa or Study Permit
  • International Exchange student
  • Dependent of a parent who is on a Study Permit in Ontario
  • Student (ONLY 18 and above) accompanying a parent who is on a Work Permit
  • Student who has applied for Permanent Residence status in Canada and is awaiting approval
  • Canadian or Permanent Resident student (under 18) whose parents live outside of Ontario
  • Student who has applied for refugee status but has not received documentation from Canada Immigration authorities
  • Dependent of a parent on a Temporary Resident Permit, Cleric Permit, Diplomat Status or Minister’s Permit
  • Student who has No Status or No Documentation in Canada

The Admissions Office can be reached at 905-527-5092 ext. 2235 or 2324. It is located inside the HWDSB Welcome Centre at 465 East 16th Street, Hamilton.

Bring the following original documents when registering at school:

  • Completed and signed Student Registration Form
  • Proof of child’s age: birth certificate, passport, baptismal certificate or permanent resident card
  • Proof of address: utility bill, home phone /cable /internet bill, lease or purchase agreement, property tax bill or government mail (e.g. Service Ontario or Canada Revenue Agency)
    • Note: Driver’s license, cell phone bill or bank statement can not be accepted as per Ministry requirement
  • Proof of status in Canada: Canadian birth certificate or Canadian passport or proof of student’s Canadian citizenship application (including copy of the application, receipt from Canada immigration and mail/courier receipt), Permanent Resident Card or Confirmation of Permanent Residence letter, Refugee Claimant Protection Document, Notice of Decision letter for Convention Refugee status or Parent’s Work Permit
    • Note: An Ontario health card can not be used as proof of status, i.e. Canadian citizen or permanent resident status.
  • Proof of custody (if applicable): if a student is under 18 but not living with a biological parent, then one of these documents must be provided as proof of custody: Court Order, CAS letter, adoption papers, notarized Guardianship Agreement or notarized custodianship declaration forms (specifically for international students)

In addition,

  • It may be helpful to bring any previous school records or documents i.e. an IEP for programming and student support purposes.
  • Immunization / Vaccines record

Parents are responsible for submitting their school-age child’s immunization/ vaccine record to Hamilton Public Health. For more information on how to submit the immunization record and/or Hamilton Public Health protocols regarding vaccine exemptions, please visit hamilton.ca/vaccines.

Welcome Centre

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has established a web page where you can learn more about the Welcome Centre.

The HWDSB Welcome Centre welcomes hundreds of new students every year, whether they are new to Canada or new to the Ontario public school system. It supports students and families with their transition to Hamilton, Ontario, as students begin their new school experience at HWDSB.

The Welcome Centre’s Admissions Office and assessment staff work together to provide services that make starting school a smooth process. The Welcome Centre also supports adult students with initial assessments as they resume their studies towards achieving their Ontario High School Diploma.

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 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.

Updated on Monday, February 24, 2020.
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