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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.


  • 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 Expression of Interest and proof of address must be emailed to the school by noon of the day before the lottery.Note | For those interested in an alternative program, if your designated regular program school is in lottery, parents may also complete the online school registration, so that students are included in the regular program school lottery. See 2022-23 School Year | Registration Process for Canadian Citizens.

    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

    • Copperfield School Sibylla Kiddle 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 (for K-5 only)
    • Griffith Woods School Battalion Park School (K-6) and Bishop Pinkham School (Grade 7-9)
    • Kenneth D. Taylor School Cambrian Heights School (for K-4 only)
    • New Brighton School McKenzie Lake School
    • Peter Lougheed School Pineridge School (For 5-6)
    • Peter Lougheed School Clarence Sansom School (For 7-9)
    • ​Taradale School Guy Weadick School (for K-4 only)
    • ​West Springs School (Cougar Ridge community only) Wildwood School (for K-4 only)

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


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