Admission Policy

After October 1 of each year, applications for admission to St. Ignatius School will be accepted for the following school year, and admission decisions will be made by April 30.

The admission cut-off date for the current school year will be September 30 of that year.  Parents requesting admission for their children after this date must petition the Board in writing for consideration of a special late admission.

Application Criteria and Considerations

Age Qualification

General provincial standards require that children being admitted to kindergarten be 5 years old on or before December 31 of the year they begin kindergarten.  Children being admitted to grade one must be 6 years old on or before December 31 of the year they begin grade one.

Priorities and Conditions

The St. Ignatius School Board of Directors reserves the right to accept applicants subject to the following priorities and conditions:

For Parish Students

First priority will be given to children and siblings of parish members currently enrolled in the school, and then to the children of the parish’s practicing Catholic families who are supporting the parish financially, according to their means.  Priority will be assigned based on the length of time that applying families have been members of the Parish.

For Non-Parish Catholic Students, Who Are Members Of Other Catholic Parishes

Any Catholic children, not currently members of this parish, whose families wish to enroll them in the school, shall be considered on an individual basis.  Preference will be given to children coming from other parishes that do not have schools, or where enrollment is such that space is not available in their local parish school.

For Non-Catholic Students

Non-Catholic children may be admitted to St. Ignatius School after admission is completed of Catholic students. Once the deadline for application has passed, Catholic applicants will have priority over non-Catholic applicants. Children from these families will be expected to participate in the entire educational program of the school, including religious instruction.  Families of non-Catholic children will also be expected to assume the full cost of their children’s education above the provincial grant level, and will be required to pay in advance or to provide post-dated cheques to the school.

For Non-Resident Students

Families of children who hold Canadian Visitor’s Visas and who are admitted to the school will be expected to financially contribute to the school the amount equal to the sum provided by the provincial grant, as well as the costs above the provincial grant.  These families will be required to pay in advance or to provide post-dated cheques to the school to cover these costs.

Available spaces

Class sizes will be determined in the following manner:

  1. Maximum class size for grades one to eight shall be 30 students; for kindergarten the maximum shall be 25 students.  The Board retains the right to limit class size to a number below the maximum level.
  2. Class size may exceed 30 (25 for K) only by the passage of a Board motion in consideration of a specific case.  Parents must petition the Board in writing for consideration of a special admission request when maximum class size may be exceeded.
  3. In the event that all other criteria are met and the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available spaces, the final decision for acceptance into the school shall rest with the Board.

Application Process

  1. Application forms will be sent to families expressing an interest in the school. Application forms are also available on the school website.
  2. Completed forms are to be returned to the school, along with one non-refundable application fee of $50.00 per student or a $75.00 maximum per family.
  3. Admission interviews will be arranged based upon the criteria and priorities stated in this policy, above.  Families new to the school will be interviewed by the Pastor and the Principal.  Children with siblings already attending the school will be interviewed by the Principal only.
  4. Parents of new applicants will be notified of enrolment decisions, in writing, by April 30.

Non-acceptance of new applicants will be based upon one or more of the following:

  1. The admission criteria and priorities outlined above.
  2. A clear lack of commitment on the part of the parents to seek out and support a Catholic education.
  3. Discretion of the principal, in consultation with the pastor, based on balancing the academic needs of the current students and the incoming students.