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Kindergarten Registration

The Abbotsford School District is proud to offer a wide range of educational options for all types of learners. In addition to excellent neighbourhood schools, we offer District Programs that include French ImmersionIntegrated Arts, Nature Kindergarten and Traditional Schools. Kindergarten registration begins every January for children who will begin school the following September, via a Gradual Entry process


If your child is turning 5 in 2021, it is time to register for Kindergarten! Come learn with us! Registration for your neighbourhood catchment school begins on January 18, 2021 at 8:00 am.

How do I register for Kindergarten?

  1. Enter your primary home address into our School Locator portal to determine your neighbourhood catchment school. Families must register first with their neighbourhood catchment school, regardless of where they may want to send their child.

  2. Choose one of the below registration options for 2021. Regardless of the chosen registration method, all families will be required to provide identification documents to satisfy proof of age and proof of address, etc. School staff will book appointments for verification purposes. Please provide an accurate email address and phone number for parent/guardian contact.
    • Online Registration (requires a computer, not a cell phone) - link opens January 18 at 8 am - parent guides listed below;
    • Fillable PDF form (download before you fill in) you can complete and email to your neighbourhood catchment school; or
    • Printed Registration form that can be completed and will require you to book an appointment to submit the paperwork with your neighbourhood catchment school.
  3. If both parents are not a Canadian Citizen (even if your child was born in Canada), luella.johnsen [at] abbyschools.ca (subject: Kindergarten%20Registration%20-%20New%20to%20Canada) (set up an appointment with the School Board office) to complete initial registration. Call (604) 859-4891 to make your appointment.
  4. If one or both parents are Canadian Citizens (even if your child was born outside of Canada), complete the registration process as noted in #2 above.

Registration will be considered complete when a parent/guardian has provided the required supporting documents (proof of address, birth certificate etc.) along with a fully completed Student Registration form. Submission of these documents may be through the online registration portal, or by submitting registration documents via email, fax, pre-arranged school drop-off, or at a pre-scheduled appointment with your neighbourhood catchment school.

Families with children already registered in the school district will be able to provide their identification documents electronically, instead of in person. Families new to our school district may complete and submit their registration documents electronically, but they must book an appointment to provide original supporting documents in person. Once registration is received and complete, parents/guardians will receive a welcome email and instructions on additional required documents.
 

Interested in District Programs?

The Abbotsford School District uses a lottery registration for District Programs. Registration opens January 25, 2021 at 8 am and closes January 29, 2021 at 4 pm.

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Families must register their Kindergarten child at their neighbourhood catchment school before applying for District Programs. A lottery process is used to determine the registration priority order. This year, the lottery will be used for District Programs for Kindergarten and Gr. 6 entry for Late French Immersion. Interested parents should contact the District Program school by email or phone for a PIN number in advance of January 25. A PIN is required to enable families to submit an entry in the online lottery system.
  
The online lottery registration reservation runs from January 25 at 8 am to January 29 at 4 pm. Entries can be made at any time during the five days, as long as you have a PIN. Late entries are not accepted, and only one entry is allowed per child. Seats will be assigned during the second week of February, on a proportional basis by catchment area, via a random selection process. Students with an older sibling in the program will be given priority placement over new applicants. Children not accepted due to space restrictions may go on a waitlist and should plan to attend their catchment school. If you have not heard back by mid-March, please contact the school Principal of your neighbourhood catchment school, and they will help you find out about your child’s status.
 

What if I want to apply to a school in a different neighbourhood catchment?

If you are interested in having your child attend a school that is not your catchment school, you will need to apply through the out of catchment form (AP 336 - 4). Applications will be received by the requested school beginning February 1, 2021. Out-of-catchment applications will only be considered once all catchment students have been accommodated. An application does not guarantee acceptance.
 

Where can I get more information or help if I run into any difficulties?

For further assistance with the registration process or the online District program application process, contact your neighbourhood catchment school. They will be happy to assist you!