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School of Choice

Pembina Trails students are encouraged to attend one of their ‘neighbourhood schools’ – a school within their catchment area. However, if you wish to enrol your child in a school outside of your catchment area, or if you live outside of the Pembina Trails School Division and would like to register your child at one of our schools, you may submit a School of Choice request. Please connect directly with the school for the next steps.

School of Choice requests are considered by the principal and the Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources. Decisions are based on provincial guidelines.

and students are enrolled in the following order of priority:

    Students living in the school’s catchment area
    Students living in the division, but outside of the school’s catchment area
    The siblings of students previously accepted under school of choice and living in the division
    Students living in another division

Acceptance to attend a School of Choice is also influenced by:

    School population, available space and resources
    The date of application (applications are processed by the date received)

Several schools are not in a position to consider School of Choice due to over-enrolment. For 2022-23, these include Bairdmore, Crane, Fort Richmond Collegiate, Henry G. Izatt, South Pointe and White Ridge.  Additionally, French Immersion students are not accepted from outside of Pembina Trails in K-9 because of capacity issues.

Kindergarten School of Choice applications are submitted only after the school’s Virtual Kindergarten Information Evening. 

For all other grades, School of Choice application forms may be submitted after that specific school’s Open House date, but schools cannot accept students outside of their catchment areas until the end of April at the earliest. All catchment students need to be accounted for and have a place in a classroom before a principal may accept enrollment of students under School of Choice.

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