When there are more students than a school can accommodate, student enrolment priorities will be approved based on the following:
- re-enrolling students
- a catchment area sibling
- a catchment area child
- a non-catchment sibling
- a non-catchment child
- a non-school district child
The student enrolment priorities apply to all new registrations, transfer requests, elementary to middle and middle to secondary transitions.
In the event space is limited and a middle or secondary school cannot accept all non-catchment student requests, priority will be given to those non-catchment students already in the determined pathway of schools, over other non-catchment, non-pathway students. The student enrolment priorities apply to new registrations, transfer requests and student transitions between elementary and middle, and middle and high school for English and French programs.
For many years, Greater Victoria schools had declining enrolment. Recently, enrolment has started to increase and some schools have started to reach capacity. Long-term projections indicate there will be an increase of 2,000 students over the next decade, making space at some specific schools limited. Moreover, the recent provincial changes to class size and composition has directly impacted the availability of space in the schools.
To determine school catchments go to the School Locator Tool.