Elementary

Niagara Catholic’s fall Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day will take place in all of our Catholic elementary schools on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.  We invite the families of children starting school in September 2018 to join us to learn more about the benefits of a Niagara Catholic education.

We hope to answer your registration questions. To learn more, we encourage you to schedule a visit at the Niagara Catholic elementary school in your neighbourhood.

Our Elementary Schools

Niagara Catholic has  49 elementary schools for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Many Niagara Catholic elementary schools offer before and after-school care to children between the ages of four and 12. A list of these schools, the associated child care and the daily and weekly fees is available  here. If you require childcare, you must access the Niagara Region’s  Onelist for licensed child care providers in Niagara.

School Locator

If you are uncertain which school is your child’s home school, please use the BusPlanner Web section of the Niagara Student Transportation Services website. Simply enter your home address and your child’s grade to find your neighbourhood Catholic elementary school, and to determine whether your child is eligible for transportation.

Dress Code

Students in Niagara Catholic elementary schools are required to comply with the Board’s standardized dress code while at school. Items may be purchased at the store of your choice. However, in order to quality for discounts for multiple children, purchases must be made at a Board-designated supplier.

Transportation

Please visit the BusPlanner Web section of the Niagara Student Transportation Services website to determine your child’s eligibility for transportation.

For additional information about student transportation, please review the Niagara Catholic Student Transportation Policy (500.2).

Faith Development

A Catholic education focuses on the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Our Catholic faith is present in all we do. Niagara Catholic is currently in the midst of a three-year Faith Formation program, Growing Together to Worship and Witness, which is intended to guide students and staff on their faith journeys. Students in Grade 2 receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion. Grade 7 students participate in an annual Faith Festival each May, and Grade 8 students participate in the two-day, one-night Journey Retreat as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Kindergarten/Elementary Frequently Asked Questions

Who may attend Catholic elementary school?

  • Children who have been baptized Catholic
  • Children with one or both parents who are Catholic

Niagara Catholic also accepts children of other faiths when space permits.

Do Children Receive The Sacraments in School?

Catholic students receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion in Grade 2 and Confirmation in Grade 8. During these special years, students work closely with parish priests and the Elementary Chaplaincy Leader associated with their school as they prepare for these very special steps in their journey as Catholics.

I have a child with special needs. How will s/he be supported?

Niagara Catholic believes in providing special-need students with the opportunity to attend school with their peers. Our fully inclusive classrooms ensure special need students interact with their classmates regularly, while receiving specialized attention from an educational assistant assigned to them.

When will we find out about teachers and classrooms?

Parents of children registered to start school in September are usually invited to visit the school near the end of the previous academic year (in May or June), to become familiar with the classroom. Parents also receive an introductory package at the start of the summer so they know how to prepare their children for that all-important first day.

Is my child eligible for bus transportation?

Please visit the BusPlanner Web section of the Niagara Student Transportation Services website to determine your child’s home school and eligibility for transportation.

For additional information about student transportation, please review the Niagara Catholic Student Transportation Policy (500.2).

Is Catholic education free?

Catholic education is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario through tax dollars. Parents who wish to enroll their children in before or after-school care must pay an additional fee for service.

How do I direct my support?

All Catholics are entitled and encouraged to support Catholic education. If you are unsure about your current tax support, please contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) at 1.866.296.6722.

What does my child need for school?

Niagara Catholic has an elementary standardized dress code students follow while at school. Items may be purchased at the store of your choice. However, in order to quality for discounts for multiple children, purchases must be made at a Board-designated supplier.

Beyond that, all your child will need is an appropriately sized backpack, a healthy lunch and snacks, a positive attitude and a smile! We’ll supply the rest.

Kindergarten

How old must a child be to start school?

Children as young as three years and nine months old may enter school for a full day; provided they turn four years old by the end of the calendar year.

Full-day early learning is not required, but research shows that students who participate in Early Learning have better health and brighter socio-economic futures.

In September 2014, Niagara Catholic will offer Full-Day Early Learning at all but one of our Catholic elementary schools – Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School, which is for students in Grades 4 through 8.

What will my child learn in Kindergarten?

Kindergarten prepares your child for the formal part of their education. Through play-based learning, children acquire early literacy and numeracy concepts, and also learn important social skills they will carry throughout their lives.

Do I need to purchase school supplies for my child in Kindergarten?

Other than your child’s elementary standardized dress code items, a properly fitting backpack and a healthy lunch and snacks, the only thing your youngster needs to bring to school is a willingness to learn.

French Immersion

Niagara Catholic provides French Immersion programming at five Catholic elementary schools – St. John in Beamsville, Our Lady of Fatima in St. Catharines, Holy Name in Welland and Notre Dame and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niagara Falls.

The goal of French Immersion is to develop functionally bilingual students by teaching most of the curriculum in French. At the elementary level, at least 50 per cent of all instruction is provided en franҫais .

To find out more about grades of entry and transportation to French Immersion schools, please visit the French Immersion section of this website.

How to Register Your Child at a Niagara Catholic Elementary School

Children who have been baptized Catholic are eligible to receive a Catholic education. If a child has not been baptized Catholic, but at least one parent is Catholic, that child is also elegible to received a Catholic education.

To complete a Kindergarten registration you will require the following documents:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Your child’s baptismal record
  • Your child’s proof of immunization
  • Proof of address

If you are new to Niagara Catholic and are registering a child who has already started school, please also bring:

  • Your child’s most recent report card

If you have further questions, please contact your child’s future Catholic elementary school.

Registration Form