A non-catchment area child is of school age, resides in the school district, but is not a resident in the school’s catchment area. A non-school district child is of school age, resides in British Columbia and is not a resident in the school district. Parents/guardians of a non-catchment area child or non-school district child must make written application, by using a cross-catchment transfer form, to have their child attend a school out of catchment.
If enrolment projections show that space is available, cross-catchment transfer applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis in accordance with the following priorities: (i) catchment area child; (ii) non-catchment area child; and (iii) non-school district child.
Grade 1-12 students, who have a sibling at a school outside their catchment, will be accepted at the sibling's school (provided the sibling will be in attendance when the student begins at the out-of-catchment school). Parents need to complete the cross catchment application confirming sibling status.
Kindergarten students who have a sibling at a school outside their catchment will be accepted at the sibling's school (provided the sibling will still be in attendance the following school year) and are requested to register at the sibling's school. Therefore parents do not need to fill out a cross catchment application verifying sibling status.
Approval of a cross catchment application is only applicable to the designated school requested by the student and assigned by the district. Changing levels from elementary to middle or middle to secondary school, outside of the student’s assigned catchment school requires a cross catchment application and approval.
The formal cross catchment process occurs in early February of each year, with decisions being made by the week before Spring Break. Cross catchment applications made at this time are for the September start-up.
Decisions on cross catchment requests are based on both short and long term space availability within a school. If you have any questions, please contact the principal of your child's current school or if your child is currently not enrolled in a SD43 school, contact the school that would be your child's catchment school. To identify your child's catchment school, please use the School Locator located under the Schools tab on the SD43 website.
Information you will need to apply for cross catchment:
- Your child’s assigned catchment school
- The out of catchment school you wish your child to attend (first and second choice)
- Your child’s date of birth and address
- The grade your child will be in for September start-up
If applying with a sibling status in addition to the above you will also need to provide:
- The sibling’s date of birth and address
- The sibling’s current school
- The sibling’s grade level for September start-up
For this year's cross catchment application dates and time, please see the attachment.