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. Registrations for programs in a lottery for the 2023-24 school year must be submitted by
noon on Feb. 14, 2023.
Students residing within the walk zone who have a sibling that will be attending the same program in the same school; concurrently
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
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 registration form must be completed and submitted along with the Expression of Interest program and required documents to the school through SchoolEngage.
our registration pages for more information about the process for all programs.
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
view school profile notices, select a school below. Then scroll down in the pop-up window that appears.