Under the British Columbia School Act, an educational program will be provided for every school-aged student who is ordinarily resident in Burnaby.  Additionally, the Board of Education has established policy that allows for students who meet the district’s admission eligibility regulation and who reside outside of Burnaby or who are temporarily residents in Burnaby the opportunity to attend a Burnaby public school. To establish enrollment eligibility, every student seeking admission to a Burnaby school is required to provide documentation establishing residency, guardianship, age and citizenship.  Students register at the school within the designated attendance area where the student ordinarily resides or make application to attend another school or educational program within the district.  The school locator can help you determine the attendance area your address is associated with.

There are a number of factors and priorities that determine a student’s placement in a Burnaby school. Priority for the upcoming school year will be given to applications received during the month of February for the following September school year.  Additional ranking criteria will be used to determine admission if space in a desired school or district program is limited.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents  

Students must reside with their parents or legal guardian.  Parents or guardians must accompany their child to the registration appointment and bring the following original documentation:

1) Proof of birth date for the student (birth certificate showing parent names)

2) Proof of guardianship (parents’ or guardians’ as shown on birth certificate or other appropriate legal documentation such as landed immigrant paper or guardianship order). Note that a notarized custodial guardian appointment is not the same as a guardianship order granted by the courts

3) Proof of citizenship for both the parent and the student (Canadian birth certificate, citizenship card, passport, landed immigrant document, permanent resident card).

4) Proof of residency of the parent or guardian and student. This must include two items, at least one being from Category A below:

Category A: proof of ownership of dwelling or long-term lease or rental of dwelling; legal documents indicating BC residence; parent or guardian filing income tax returns as a BC resident.

Category B: BC hydro bill, BC cable bill, Provincial driver’s license, provincial registration of automobile, Current: Canadian bank accounts or credit cards.

5) Immunization records

6) A completed Burnaby School District Student Information Form

7) A completed Burnaby School District Medical Information Form

Note: Severe Health Concerns require additional forms. These can be obtained from the school that you are applying to attend.

8) Copy of the student’s most recent school marks (including Summer Session), such as:

a) an official copy of marks from the student’s Permanent Record Card; or
b) the student’s most recent report card; or
c) a transcript of academic record; or
d) a transfer form with marks

9) An emergency telephone contact number of a local person who is available during school hours.

10) The name and telephone number of the family doctor or medical clinic.

For Early French Immersion, begin by finding the school that offers this program within your designated catchment. Then register at the school designated as your catchment school (regardless of whether they offer French Immersion or not) and include with this registration form, a district language program application.

Late French Immersion is an option for students entering grade 6. A district language program application must be  submitted to your current Burnaby public school or the school that offers this program.  For more specific details on placement priority for District Language Programs:  LEARN MORE

To review general registration information, registration information specific to your child including kindergarten students. students new to the district, student transfers (cross district and out-of-district), students going into grade 8, newcomers to Canada, International students or language program options, or review the factors and priorities that determine a student’s placement in a Burnaby school,you will be redirected to the district website by clicking here.