How to Apply

Student Admissions

8am ON  MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018

For more details, please refer to the West Vancouver Schools student registration “Guidelines” section below.

IMPORTANT NOTE! Please ensure that you select the correct online application form. If you complete the incorrect form, it will be discarded and you will have to re-submit the correct one, losing your original time and date stamp.


Student Application Procedures

Current students do not need to re-apply unless they intend to transfer schools.

We are pleased to accept applications for admission from families and students residing both within and outside of West Vancouver Schools. With 14 primary and elementary, and three secondary schools, West Vancouver Schools offers a wide range of programs and opportunities to challenge and enrich your child’s learning.

Student applications are accepted based on:
  • specified registration timelines, and
  • student application priority

Please carefully read the student registration guidelines below before submitting your application.

If your family is residing in Canada on a work, study or diplomatic permit, or if you are a refugee, please contact Michael Frankowski for instructions about how to apply for admission.

If you are an international student, please visit the International Programs website for application details.

How to Register

  • Applications for admission will be time- and date-stamped at the time the form was submitted online.
  • You will receive e-mail notification when your form has been successfully submitted.
  • If you submit the incorrect form, you will need to complete and re-submit the correct one, losing your original time and date stamp.
  • Completion of an online form does NOT guarantee acceptance at your first choice school.


Submit the appropriate online registration form
Next School Year

2019/2020 – Click here

Current School Year

2018/2019 – click here


Submit required original documents in person to your school of first choice. Copies will not be accepted.

Please note: Documents must be submitted by a parent or documented legal guardian, not another family member, caregiver or friend.

Please refer to our checklist of required documents below to ensure you bring the documents you need to complete your application for admission.

If you wish to make any changes to your application after you have submitted the form, please phone (604) 981-1000 or contact your first choice school. If you submit a new form, it will replace the previous one and you will lose the original time and date stamp.

  • IMPORTANT! Applications are not considered complete until you have submitted all supporting documentation to the school office. Students with incomplete applications will not receive offers nor be placed on wait lists.
  • Please note: Each school may have a unique process for receiving documentation. Please visit the school website of the school to which you are applying for specific information about when to submit your original documents. Click here to view a list of school websites.

Choose the correct form to apply

Next School Year

Current School Year

Helpful Checklist of Required Documents

Please bring ORIGINALS of these required documents in person to the school office. We will make a copy for our records and return the original to you. Photocopies or other facsimiles will not be accepted as proof of information.

Please note: Documents must be submitted by a parent or documented legal guardian, not another family member, custodian, caregiver, or friend. Relocation and/or real estate agents are not permitted to act independently for parents.


  • Child’s original birth certificate (long form birth certificate if available)

B. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP (required for both student and parents)

  • Child’s original birth certificate; Canadian passport, or Canadian Immigration or Citizenship documents
  • Canadian Immigration or Citizenship documents for at least one birth parent or legal guardian (not custodian)
  • Please bring passports if available


These documents must contain one of the parent/guardians’ names, at the residential address shown on the application and must be current.  Utility bills must show the residential (service) address. Some schools may require three pieces of primary residential documentation.

Please note: purchase agreements are considered valid as of the closing date noted, and tenancy agreements are considered valid as of the start date specified in the length of tenancy section. Business addresses are not acceptable for admissions purposes.

Primary Proof of Residence (minimum two pieces)

  1. A minimum of one of the following showing parent/guardian names at address cited:
  • Completed Purchase Agreement
  • Completed Residential Tenancy Agreement
  • Most recent BC Property Assessment notice
  • Most recent Property Tax Notice


2. A minimum of one of the following:

  • A current residential utility bill addressed to one of the parents/guardians at the address cited. This may include:
    • Municipal metered utility statement
    • BC Hydro bill
    • Fortis BC bill
    • Cable TV or Internet provider bill
    • Landline telephone bill (cell phone bills will not be accepted as primary proof)
  • Homeowner or tenant’s insurance documents for the address cited, with at least one of the parents/guardians as the named insured


Please note: If your primary proof of residence is incomplete, you are required to provide secondary proof


Secondary Proof of Residence (minimum three pieces)

If all utilities are included in the tenancy agreement, you will be required to provide secondary information to confirm your address. Documents must show the name of at least one parent/guardian at the residential address cited on the application:

  • Bank account statement
  • Credit card bill (ideally from a different bank than the account statement)
  • Cell phone bill
  • Government identification showing address cited (BC driver’s licence, BC Identification, or BC Services Card only)
  • ** BC Driver’s licence with an address sticker will be accepted as a fourth piece of supplementary documentation ONLY **


If you are living temporarily with friends or family and you do not have a tenancy agreement, you will be required to provide the following:

  • A notarized letter, signed by the homeowner and student’s parent (s), confirming the owner’s name and full address of the residence, and the names of the family members living with them, along with an estimated duration of the arrangement.
  • ONE of the following: the most recent property tax bill or property tax assessment, or municipal metered utility bill supporting ownership
  • Three pieces of supplementary documentation that show the student’s parent’s name(s) and the address cited. These can include: bank statement, tenant’s insurance, credit card bill (ideally from a different bank than the statement), mobile phone bill, or government identification (BC driver’s licence, BC identification, or BC Services Card). A BC driver’s licence with an address sticker will be accepted as a fourth piece of supplementary documentation only.


  • An original and completed Order from the BC Supreme Court or BC Provincial Court must be presented to the school to confirm any particular guardianship, parental responsibilities, parenting time, or custody agreement pertaining to the child. *Please ensure that all pages for the Order are included. We are not able to accept partial or incomplete Orders.*
  • If there is a court order issued outside of the province of British Columbia, please provide an original and complete document from the issuing jurisdiction. This will be reviewed by the school administration.
  • If one parent is deceased, please provide a death certificate if possible



  • Original report card from the previous school year



  • Child’s Immunization Record as well as any other important health documents

Student Registration Guidelines

In preparation for registering you child, please review the following registration guidelines, including registration timelines, student registration priority, and required documentation, for:

  • Kindergarten registration
  • General registration—in-catchment students (Grades 1 to 12)
  • Early French Immersion – Kindergarten and Grade 1 registration
  • General registration—out-of catchment and out-of district students (Grades 1 to 12)
  • Specialty program registration (including International Baccalaureate,
  • Advanced Placement, Youth Train in Trades (ACE-IT), Premier Academies, Pursuit (Super Achievers), and more

Student Registration Priority

West Vancouver School District encourages students to attend their catchment area school, while also enabling students and their families to make choices to attend other schools in the district as required to meet their educational needs.

The placement of a student in a school will be dependent upon the availability of space, programs and resources.

Priority is given for student placement in a program or school in the following order:

  1. In-catchment students with siblings in the same school
  2. In-catchment students
  3. Out-of-catchment, in-district students with siblings in the same school
  4. Out-of-catchment, in-district students
  5. Out-of-district students with siblings in the same school
  6. Out-of-district students

Local school boundaries (school catchment areas)

Not sure which school in your neighbourhood is your “local in-catchment school”? Use our school locator tool.

When can my child begin Kindergarten?

Children may begin Kindergarten in September of the calendar year in which they turn five years old.

ie. Students born in 2014 may begin Kindergarten in September 2019.

Foreign student (non fee-paying) registration

Students who are neither Canadian citizens nor have permanent resident (PR) status in Canada may be enrolled in West Vancouver schools, subject to regulations under Immigration Canada and West Vancouver Schools policy. For more information, contact Michael Frankowski at

Early and Late French Immersion Programs

The Early French Immersion Program is offered at Ecole Cedardale and Ecole Pauline Johnson. Ecole Cedardale is also an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School offering a French Immersion IB Primary Years Program (IB PYP). There is an associated fee with the IB PYP program.

Late French Immersion is offered only at Ecole Pauline Johnson to students entering Grade 6. A secondary level French Immersion program is offered at Ecole Sentinel Secondary.

For more details about registering for an Early or Late French Immersion program, please click on one of the links above or contact the principal of the school in which you are interested. Here is a list of school websites with contact information.

More Programs of Choice in West Vancouver Schools

For more information about registering your student in one of the many programs of choice in West Vancouver Schools including International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, French Immersion International Baccalaureate, Youth Train in Trades (formerly ACE-IT), Pursuit (formerly Super Achievers), iDEC, Montessori, Premier Academies, and online/blended learning programs, please visit our Programs page.

See a quick overview of all programs here:

Review the WVS elementary school and district-wide programs of choice
Review the WVS secondary school and district-wide programs of choice

We are proud to welcome our newest families to our learning community!

Admissions / Registration Timelines 2019 – 2020

Student enrollment timelines for the 2019 – 2020 school year:

October 15, 2018 to March 1, 2019

All Kindergarten applications (in-catchment, in-district, and out-of-district students), and All students living in-catchment applying for entry into Grades 1 – 12

October 15 to November 30, 2018

Early French Immersion Kindergarten applications (in-catchment, in-district, and out-of-district students) Placement lottery to follow in early December

January 15 to February 1, 2019

Out-of-catchment area (in-district) student applications and Out-of-district student applications

Detailed information regarding student registration is outlined in Administrative Procedure 300 – Student Registration, Enrollment and Placement – click here to view.

PLEASE NOTE: If an enrollment timeline listed in AP 300 falls on a weekend, the date recognized by the Administrative Procedure for Student Registration will be the Monday following that date.