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Kindergarten registration opens in Delta School District
Parents across the Delta School District are signing their children for public school for the very first time as kindergarten registration opens this month. Deputy superintendent Garnet Ayres says 80 to 85 per cent of kindergarten registration takes place in February.
The Delta School District offers a wide variety of kindergarten programs, including traditional schools, Montessori, and French immersion.
While parents are free to sign up their children at any school in the district, Ayres says children from a school’s catchment area are given priority.
“The local community always gets served first,” he says.
Once catchment students have been accommodated, out-of-catchment students with siblings at the school are next on the priority list, followed by out-of-catchment students without siblings. If there is any room left over, out-of-district students will be considered.
For programs that are in high demand, like French immersion, Ayres says in-catchment students with siblings are given priority over those without. If there are more applications than there are seats available, students are randomly selected by drawing lots, with the remaining put on a waiting list.
“It doesn’t happen very often, but it does happen,” he says. “We do our best to accommodate as many parents as we can.”
At South Park Elementary School in Tsawwassen, while the French immersion program is proving popular, the school’s English program is seeing low numbers this year.
Principal Elaine Greenhalgh believes that is because many local parents think of the school as being French only.
“I think there is a bit of a misconception,” she says. “We have two great programs here, and the learning outcomes are the same.”
Greenhalgh says the school goes to great lengths to integrate the two programs, with combined activities and an Engligh/French buddy system.
“It really is a blended community,” she says.
When deciding which school to enrol your child, Ayres says it’s important to do your homework.
“Call your local school, make an appointment with the principal, take a tour of the school and see what it has to offer,” he
When it comes to preparing your little one for their first big day, Ayres says preschool readiness programs can help them adapt socially to full-day kindergarten.
As for preparing them educationally, that’s simple, he says.
“Read, read, read,” says Ayres. “Reading to your child is the most important thing you can do. Anything you can do to engage them in learning will benefit them greatly.”
• For more information on kindergarten registration, visit the Delta School District website at deltasd.bc.ca