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Lottery Information for Parents

​Process for accepting students at schools that are full (at capacity)

With the lack of new school construction and significant growth in the school-age population, a number of CBE schools can no longer accommodate all the students designated to them.

We are grateful for the announcement of new schools, however our system is under the increasing pressure of a growing population and lack of space. Current utilization rates are well over the ideal rate of 80 percent. With more than one-third of our at over 90 per cent capacity, at this rate of utilization, schools cannot use space flexibly for learning.

It would be ideal for all students to attend their school of choice, as close to home as possible, but in a system where one in three students is bused to school, that is not our current reality.  Lotteries are a necessity when a school’s enrolment passes the school’s capacity.

The new lottery process provides straightforward answers for school administrators, school councils and parents about the order in which students are accepted into the school. It also provides a consistent approach across the system, rather than having variation from school to school in the process.

The criteria for acceptance are as follows:

Category 1​ Students residing within the walk zone who have a sibling attending the school (see individual school profile pages for maps)​
​Category 2 ​Students living outside the walk zone who have a sibling in the school OR students living within the walk zone who do not have a sibling in the school
​Category 3 ​ All other students living in the designated community

(Please note, there are a limited number of schools or communities with slight revisions to the above criteria: Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak, Glamorgan and Willow Park.)

Lottery draws for the 2016-17 school year:

  • Regular programs | the last day of school before Teachers’ Convention, or a day that week, as advertised to the public.
  • Non-language-based programs | Wednesday, February 10th, 2016. All registrations for the lottery must be submitted to the designated school by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 9th 2016.
  • Language-based programs | March 1.

To be considered for the lottery, registrations must be in place by noon of the day before the lottery. This should include all registration materials, with principal discretion used as needed. Registration completion must be in place by the time of acceptance.

Lottery draws will be supervised by more than one person, including the school principal or administration delegate, school council member, and administrative assistant. All registrations will be assigned a number and an accurate record of the lottery will be created and maintained.

If an acceptance or call back is refused, the student comes off the list. If the refusal is based on the inability to take all members of a family, the student may remain on the list and be recalled if there is space for all. 


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​To find out more about registration at your school, please contact your school directly.  



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