Full-day Kindergarten programs are offered in every elementary school.
Kindergarten establishes a strong foundation for lifelong learning, as teachers provide dynamic, play-based opportunities to help each child grow and learn. Child-centered programs develop a sense of well-being and belonging and offer opportunities for exploring, creative play, developing language and literacy, and focusing on social responsibility and diversity.
A student must reach five years of age by December 31st of the school year to be eligible for enrolment.
2020-21 Kindergarten Registration Information:
Students can enroll in English or French Immersion Kindergarten.
Early French Immersion (Kindergarten & Grade 1) registration is January 6 – 10, 2020.
English Kindergarten registration is January 20 – 24, 2020.
Registration commences at your catchment school between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. English Kindergarten Registration will be processed on a first come first served basis in accordance with our Student Enrolment Priorities. All families must register at their catchment school.
Important Upcoming Changes to Note:
Former Elementary Schools of Choice (South Park and Cloverdale) will become neighbourhood catchment schools in the 2020/21 school year. Parents and guardians whose children live within these schools’ catchments will be able to register at those schools in January 2020 for the upcoming school year.
The Greater Victoria School District expects two classes of Kindergarten students at the NEW Sundance-Bank Elementary school site for the 2020-21 school year as it gradually starts to introduce classes.
Registration for those living in the NEW Sundance-Bank catchment will take place during English Kindergarten Registration between January 20 – 24, 2020. To register a student at the new school site for the 2020-21 school year, parents/guardians will need to register at the Tolmie Board Office (556 Boleksine Road) from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For parents wishing to learn more about Sundance-Bank Elementary, the District will be hosting a parent information session on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Tolmie Board Office.
Determining your Catchment School
Each home address is associated with an elementary, middle and secondary school. To determine which schools are associated with a home address, visit the School Locator Tool. Type in the address and it will indicate which school the student should attend based on the address they reside at.
What is needed to register for Kindergarten?
To register a student in Kindergarten, a parent or legal guardian must provide school-age eligibility, proof of citizenship and proof of residential address. This information must be provided to school administrators at the time of registration at the student’s catchment school.
For more information on the required documentation, click here.
Kindergarten Student Transfer Process
Parents who wish to have their Kindergarten child attend a school other than their designated catchment school can apply to transfer to the desired school during Kindergarten Transfer Week.
At the end of Kindergarten Registration Week, the enrolment numbers of in-catchment students at each school are reviewed. Once all catchment students have been accommodated, transfer applications will be considered based on the Student Enrolment Priorities.
A transfer request application will be available upon request during registration at your catchment school. It must be submitted at your catchment school within the week of Kindergarten registration to be considered. If a student is not approved for a transfer during registration, they can apply for their second-choice school during the annual K- 12 Student Transfer process February 10 – 18, 2020.