The Niagara Catholic District School Board is a progressive, innovative and caring school system. Our schools are an excellent choice for your child from kindergarten through to grade twelve. We welcome non-Catholic students in our elementary schools on a space availability basis, and our high schools are open to ALL students.
ELEMENTARY Admission Requirements
Elementary admissions are open to Catholic children and children of Catholic parents. Junior Kindergarten students must be 4 years of age, and Senior Kindergarten students must be 5 years of age, by December 31 of the school year for which they are registering. Students shall be admitted to Grade 1 in September of any school year, provided that they reach the age of six on or before December 31st, in the same calendar year.
It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to submit documentation and complete the required Board forms. Please refer to Board Policy 301.1 Admission of Students Administrative Guidelines
NON-SEPARATE School Supporters
Non-Separate School Supporters and/or parents/guardians wishing to register their child(ren) in a Niagara Catholic school should refer to Board Policy 301.1 Admission of Students, Administrative Guidelines
SECONDARY Admission Requirements
Under current legislation Non-Roman Catholic pupils may attend Catholic secondary schools with the understanding that they respect the environment, traditions and expectations of the Niagara Catholic District School Board.
It is the expectation of the Niagara Catholic District School Board that all pupils attending secondary schools take credits in Religious Education, and participate fully in the faith life of the school in accordance with the Education Act.
Pupils transferring from outside of Ontario may be granted a course equivalency in accordance with authority granted by the Ministry of Education. Please refer to Board Policy 301.1 Admission of Students, Administrative Guidelines
Attendance Area Exceptions
In accordance with the Education Act, the Niagara Catholic District School Board has established boundaries for student attendance.
There may be individual exceptions to the designated attendance areas either at the request of the parents/guardians or at the request of administration. The Family of Schools Superintendent, subject to the Director of Education, may approve attendance at a school outside the designated attendance area for a pupil. Please refer to Board Policy 301.1 Admission of Students, Administrative Guidelines
Non Resident of Canada (VISA) Pupil
The designated Superintendent of Education may approve the admission of a non-resident student and indicate the fee as appropriate in accordance with the Education Act. Such approval shall be reviewed annually. Please refer to Board Policy 301.1 Admission of Students, Administrative Guidelines
Residents of Ontario But Outside Niagara Region
Students whose legal residence is outside the jurisdiction of the Board but within Ontario requesting admission to a school under the jurisdiction of the Board may have fees paid by the Board in whose jurisdiction they reside. Such requests are to be accompanied by a statement from the resident Board indicating if they will pay fees on the student's behalf. The Director’s approval to admit must be obtained where fees are not paid. All admissions are reviewed on an annual basis.
Transportation for all outside the School Attendance Area students is generally the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) or student (if 18 years old) unless approval for transportation is obtained from the Director of Education.
Pupils approved, as Exchange Students will participate in reciprocal, school-based programs, provided in co-operation with the Canadian School Authorities and the foreign exchange partners of the International Student Exchange.
Students with Immigration Documents
School Principals who receive immigration documents from pupils applying for admission must have the documents verified for eligibility. Admission will not be granted until Student Information and Administrative Services have verified documents and approval for admission has been confirmed.