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Cross Catchment

​Parents can apply for a school outside of their neighbourhood catchment school. Should you want to choose a school other than your neighbourhood catchment school, you must be registered at your catchment school and then submit a "Cross Catchment Application" as outlined below. Approval of applications is based on availability of space and facilities.

All Kindergarten students must be registered for Kindergarten at their catchment school on February 3, 4 or 5 before completing a Cross Catchment Application, except those students with siblings at the requested school (please see below).

Grades 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 still 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. The exception to this is for a Program of Choice. Parents must complete the online Kindergarten programs of choice application to attend a program with their sibling. Please see for more information.


​Applications will be accepted starting February 6 at 9 a.m. to February 12 at 4 p.m.

There are two separate applications: ​

    1) Kindergarten Cross Catchment​ 
    2) Grades 1-12 Cross Catchment (including a section to confirm sibling status)

The School Locator tool on the district web site provides a student's designated catchment area schools. 

Catchment is based on permanent home address.

  • The application requires student or PEN number (can be obtained from your child's school), child's birth date, home address, name of current or assigned school, and the name of the requested school(s). Kindergarten requests do not need to provide the student number/PEN number.


  • (NEW) Applications will be processed based on the availability of space in schools and on a RANDOM DRAW PROCESS(using in-district priority then out-of-district)
  • (NEW) All applications will be done ONLINE
  • 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 district response to applications will be communicated by email from March 2 – March 6, 2020


A cross catchment application does not guarantee approval of the cross catchment request as many factors influence the number of cross catchment requests that each individual school can accommodate. 

For example, a number of schools have reached capacity and it is anticipated they will continue to be in this position for the next few years. Be aware that the district can only approve cross catchment applications up to the current and future available space in any given school and students within the catchment have priority for placement.

*Smiling Creek Elementary School will only consider cross-catchment applications from families in the Leigh catchment area who reside east of Kingston Street & North of David Avenue.*

While applications are accepted for all schools, be aware that the district can only approve cross catchment applications if space and facilities are available.

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828