Kindergarten Admissions

BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten Open House for September 2022 Admissions:

Thank you so much for your interest in Deer Lake School!

We are happy to be hosting our annual Open House on Sunday, November 14 from 10 am-12 noon for kindergarten. By appointment only, families can 

  • come by and tour our facility with high school student hosts

  • understand what makes Deer Lake School a unique and special learning community

  • meet the kindergarten teacher and visit the kindergarten classroom

  • learn about the application process for admission from our administrators

Available Kindergarten tour times at Deer Lake School on Sun. Nov. 14:

  • 10:00 am     fully booked

  • 10:30 am     fully booked

  • 11:00 am      fully booked

  • 11:30 am      fully booked

  • 12 noon        fully booked

If you would like to be added to the tour waiting list please email gwoytko@deerlakeschool.ca and you will be contacted when a spot opens.

Tour appointments will be limited to approximately 15 people per time slot - masks required - groups will remain together throughout the visit with their guide, to ensure the health and safety of all guests.

 

Families who are not comfortable with physically touring our school may book a virtual Information Session:

Virtual Information Session via Zoom

Tues. Nov. 16th at 6:30 pm      CLOSED  AS OF 4 PM TUES. NOV. 16                                                                                       

Kindergarten application deadline is Jan. 21, 2022 

Please note: Children can start kindergarten in September of the year they turn five years of age, under the Ministry of Education guidelines for the Province of British Columbia. That means they must turn age 5 before December 31st of the year in which they begin kindergarten.

 

Kindergarten Application Process for 2022-2023: 

STEP 1: Attend an Open House

Review the school website thoroughly and book a school tour during Open House on Sun. Nov. 14th, 10 am-12 pm (or a virtual information session via Zoom on Tues. Nov. 16 at 6:30 pm)

STEP 2: Complete an Application Form and Submit to Deer Lake School

The Deer Lake School application form (a fillable PDF) is available on our school website, under Admissions.

Once you have completed the application form and all accompanying paperwork is assembled, please email to Mrs. Christina Luk, our office manager, at officemanager@deerlakeschool.ca. She will let you know if you are missing any documentation.

Original Documents with Translation Verified:  Please provide copies of your original documents, and if they are in a language other than English, documents need to be translated into English by a certified translation organization and verified by a notary public.  All original documents will need to be verified by the school at your final registration.

The Kindergarten application deadline is Jan. 21, 2022 for the upcoming September 2022-2023 school year admission.

STEP 3: Book a Time for an Early-Learning Group Interview Session

Once a completed kindergarten application form has been submitted to the school, all applicants will be invited to register for a 30-minute group interview session taking place in the Kindergarten classroom on Sunday, January 16, 2022 in groups of up to 10 children.  Please note that time slots fill up quickly, and your preferred time may not be available:

  • 10:00-10:30 am 

  • 11:00:-11:30 pm 

  • 12:30-1:00 pm 

  • 1:30-2:00 pm

  • 2:30-3:00 pm

Staff will wear masks and practice physical-distancing measures as much as possible, and all tables and supplies will be disinfected before and after each session. We recommend that children come masked as well. Parents will be invited to drop their students off via our enclosed Kindergarten outdoor patio entrance around the back of the school, and they may wait either in their car or under our outdoor canopies (weather permitting) during the session. 

During the 30-minute session, children will complete teacher-directed tasks, engage in free-play, and have an opportunity to participate in Centre-Time. The Deer Lake School principal, elementary vice-principal and Kindergarten teacher will be present to spend time with and observe the children. These sessions will help us determine which students are ready for our kindergarten program.  Some of the skills assessed include gross motor skills, the ability to follow directions, social interaction and self-regulation.

STEP 4: Personal Student Interview and Assessments

Following the Early-Learning Group Interview Sessions, the school will contact student families to schedule an interview or to share reasons why admission may not be possible. 

This 20-minute interview is with your child, accompanied by you as parents. It is hosted by the principal and vice-principal. The interview is an opportunity 

  • for our administration to get to know you and your child 

  • to understand your needs and expectations 

  • to review our vision and philosophy of education with you 

  • to address any specific questions you may have about our school at that time.

Based on the information shared in your application, the school may ask to conduct additional assessments of your child to determine readiness, any educational support services needed, or English language proficiency level.

Kindergarten interview appointments will be scheduled weekdays Jan. 31-Feb. 18, 2022 

STEP 5: Notification of Acceptance

Following your interview with the administrative team, parents will be notified by telephone with details of your child’s eligibility for the September 2021-2022 school year. Students will be accepted based on space and/or suitable program availability or placed on a wait-list.

Notification of acceptance will be no later than Feb. 23, 2022

 

The Kindergarten application deadline is Jan. 21, 2022 for the upcoming September 2022-2023 school year admission.

If you would like more information about Deer Lake School, or have questions about the admission process, please call 604-434-5844 or email Gaileen Woytko, Director of Operations, gwoytko@deerlakeschool.ca 

 

Before your visit our school we invite you to review our website in detail, including

  • Welcome to Deer Lake School, an Introduction to the DLS Family

  • various content relating to school life, philosophy and activities

  • Kindergarten Information Session: Beginning with the End in Mind Video (with Heather Gagnier, Kindergarten Teacher)