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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Registration Procedures

 

Registration begins on January 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Parent/Guardians will be able to apply until the end of August 2019. Please note that space is limited in some school locations. Parents are encouraged to apply early. Please check with your local school for specific details. 

 

If you prefer a hard copy of these instructions please print document(s) below: 

 

Applying Online

Parents/Guardians may complete an application for registration from the convenience of their own home, office, public library, or anywhere there is internet access, 24 hours a day. The online application also offers access to translations in different languages with built-in help functions and features. Apply online at http://soar.tcdsb.org  
 

Applying In Person

Parents may also choose to apply in person at their local school, where they will complete either an electronic application or a paper application. A blank application is available below:
 

Maintaining a Priority Sequence

Upon entering the electronic application, S.O.A.R. will issue a file number and a date/time for reference. Please keep this information for future reference if required to access your application information. If applying in person at the school on January 16th, parents will also receive a date/time label which will be affixed to the application. Both processes will enable the creation of a processing list for each school.
 

Documentation

Once the application is complete, the parent/guardian must meet with the school in order to validate documentation.The following documents are required when meeting with the school:
 
  • Baptismal Certificate (or proof of Catholicity)
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport/Immigration Documents (only if child was not born in Canada)
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of Residency
  • Application for Catholic School Support (completed at the school)
 

All documents must be submitted by February 8th to the school for consideration in placement, especially for schools with enrolment pressures. Students will be pre-registered during the week of February 11th and parents should receive notification of placement at this time.

 

Completed Registrations

Registration is complete when:
1.      A complete application has been submitted to the school (online or in person)
2.      A Meeting with school personnel has taken place
3.      All documentation has been submitted and validated by the school
4.      The family has been informed by the school that the registration is complete and the child is pre-registered for September 2019
 

To which school may I apply?

Within the S.O.A.R program, applicants will be directed to their community school which is based on the applicant’s residential address found within the school boundary.
If an applicant wishes to apply to a school outside the boundary of their community school, they will have the opportunity to make an out of boundary request on their application.
 
Please note that an application to any school, whether inside or outside the boundary does not guarantee acceptance at the school selected. TCDSB will however, make every attempt to identify a school where there is space and where the child may attend. Please note that in line with our transportation policy, transportation/bussing is not guaranteed.
 

Priority Waitlists

Applications will be processed according to priorities listed below. Once all available spaces have been filled at a school, any remaining applicants will be placed on one of 6 potential wait lists as per the 2014 Elementary School Admissions Policy:

  

Priority I – Applicant living inside or outside the boundary of the school with a sibling attending the school (in junior kindergarten to grade 7) and not registered in Extended French, French Immersion or Special Education/Intensive Support Program Class
 
Priority 2 - Applicant living in the school boundary
 
Priority 3 – Applicant living outside the school boundary but attends licensed child care within the school boundary for September 2019
 
Priority 4   Applicant living outside the school boundary with unlicensed child care within the school boundary
 
Priority 5 – Applicant living outside the school boundary and is not attending child care
 
Priority 6 – Applicant living outside the City of Toronto
 

Priority Waitlists (for French Immersion Schools)

 
Applications will be processed according to priorities listed below. Once all available spaces have been filled at a school, any remaining applicants will be placed on one of 7 potential wait lists as per the 2014 Elementary School Admissions Policy:

Priority I – Applicant living outside the boundary with siblings attending the school (in junior kindergarten to grade 7) and registered in French Immersion
 
Priority 2 - Applicant living in the school boundary
 
Priority 3 – All pupils who live within the larger regional family of schools may apply for admission, but placement in the French Immersion Program will only occur if space permits, and based on a date/time stamp process
 
Priority 4   Applicant living outside the school boundary but attends licensed child care within the school boundary for September 2019 and will attend in 2019-2020
 
Priority 5 – Applicant living outside the school boundary with unlicensed child care within the school boundary
 
Priority 6 – Applicant living outside the school boundary and is not attending child care

Priority 7 – Applicant living outside the City of Toronto

Within each priority, all applications maintain the date/time stamp sequence as set in the initial application.
 
In schools with limited space, students who are on the Waitlist as per the Priorities listed above will be offered an alternate Catholic elementary school. (Transportation is not guaranteed to the alternate school site.)
 

How long does the application stay on the waitlist?

Applications will remain on the Waitlist until September 30, 2019. Applicants will be contacted by the school if they are being considered for admission. Should parents wish for their child to be considered for the following year they must re-apply in January 2020.
 

Kindergarten Before and After School Program

In previous years, survey information was collected by the schools with regards to a family’s interest in the Kindergarten Before and After Kindergarten Program. Once again, this year, families registering their child for the first time will have the opportunity to indicate their interest in the Kindergarten Before and After Kindergarten Program on their S.O.A.R. application (both online and in-person applications).​
 

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