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Registration Lottery Information for Parents

Lottery Information for Parents

Process for Accepting Students into a Program (Regular, Alternative) that is Full (at Capacity)

The demand for student spaces continues to be an issue for CBE, even with the opening of our new schools. If Grade K-9 student registration requests exceed available space in a designated regular program or designated alternative program, the principal must use the lottery process. The lottery process was established to ensure fair and equitable access to school programs (regular, alternative) experiencing a student population that is either at capacity or over capacity.

The lottery process provides straightforward answers for school administrators, school councils and parents about the order in which students are accepted into a school that does not have enough space for all students in the program’s designated attendance area. It also provides a consistent approach across the system, rather than having variation in the process from school to school.

​The priorities for acceptance are as follows:

All lottery draws for the upcoming school year will take place on the Wednesday prior to Teachers' Convention in February. Registrations for programs in a lottery for the 2023-24 school year must be submitted by noon on Feb. 14, 2023


  • Students residing within the walk zone who have a sibling that will be attending the same program in the same school; concurrently
  • Priority

  • Students living outside the walk zone who will have a sibling in the same school at the same time or
  • Students living within the walk zone who do not have a sibling in the school
  • Priority

  • All other students living in the designated attendance area
  • To be considered for the:

    • regular program lottery, the registration form must be completed and submitted along with required documents to the school through SchoolEngage.
    • alternative program lottery, the registration form must be completed and submitted along with the Expression of Interest program and required documents to the school through SchoolEngage.

    Review our registration pages​ for more information about the process for all programs.

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

    If an acceptance or callback 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 callback list and be contacted if there is space for all.

    The following schools are in the lottery for the 2022-2023 school year:

    Regular Program Overflows for the 2022-23 School Year

    To view school profile notices, select a school below. Then scroll down in the pop-up window that appears.

    Regular Program School
    Overflow School
    Copperfield School Sibylla Kiddle School
    Connaught School Based on Home Address
    Ramsay School or Sunnyside School
    Dr. Martha Cohen School
    Copperfield community only
    Dr. George Stanley School
    Dr. Martha Cohen School
    New Brighton community only
    Mountain Park School
    Edgemont School Captain John Palliser School | K-5 only
    Grant MacEwan School
    Cornerstone community only
    O.S. Geiger School
    Griffith Woods School Battalion Park School | K-6
    Bishop Pinkham School | Grade 7-9
    Kenneth D. Taylor School Cambrian Heights School | K-4
    Mount Royal School Based on Home Address
    Vincent Massey School or A.E. Cross School
    Nelson Mandela High School James Fowler High School
    New Brighton School McKenzie Lake School
    Peter Lougheed School Pineridge School | Grade 5-6
    Peter Lougheed School Clarence Sansom School | Grade 7-9
    Sir Winston Churchill High School Robert Thirsk High School
    Taradale School Guy Weadick School | K-4
    West Springs School Olympic Heights School

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


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