Registering Children at School

Children between the ages of five and 16 must attend school if they live in British Columbia. School is free for children who are residents of B.C. A newly arrived student must be personally registered in school by either a parent or legal guardian.  It is necessary for the parent or legal guardian to go in person when registering a student in BC and present the following original documentation:

  1. proof of British Columbia residency
  2. the student’s official birth certificate
  3. applicable Immigration / Citizenship / Permanent Resident documentation
  4. the student’s last report card, if available
  5. legal guardian document, if applicable
  6. immunization records, if available

Children usually start school in September of the year that they turn 5 years old. A BC resident student who wishes to enroll in a public schools may register at the student’s catchment school from the last week in August to the first week in July.  Catchment school means the school that is assigned to homes in a specific neighbourhood.  A newly arrived student who registers at their catchment school by June 15th is guaranteed a place at that school for the subsequent school year.  For more information on when and where to register your child for school, phone the school district office at 1-888-746-8820.