Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms  
Catchment areas The geographic area from which students are eligible to attend a specific school. This is determined by their home address.
Non-catchment studentA student that attends a school outside of the catchment school associated with their address.
TransitionsThe progression when a student goes from elementary to middle school and middle to secondary school.
Catchment Pathway Each elementary and middle school has a designated school path for catchment students transitioning from elementary to middle and middle to secondary. If you are not living in-catchment, the student does not automatically follow the catchment pathway.
Family of SchoolsEach elementary and middle school has a designated pathway connected to a residential address. It is the grouping of schools within a catchment that make up the family of schools.
Programs of Choice Programs such as sports academies, flex programs and secondary programs that are open to all students in the District to apply. Selection is based on an application process with specific criteria.


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