Welcome to the London District Catholic School Board.
Our mission is to serve the Catholic student in a community that nurtures a living faith and provides a quality Catholic education that enables the individual to become a contributing member of the Church and Society.
Distinctive expectations for graduates of Catholic schools are determined and shaped by the vision and destiny of the human person emerging from our faith tradition. This Christian world view reveals the dignity and value of the person. Our tradition tells us God creatively and lovingly calls each of us into the wonder of life, sustaining us by the power of the Holy Spirit, throughout the human journey, into life eternal.
Catholic education views human life as an integration of body, mind and spirit. Rooted in this vision, Catholic education fosters the search for knowledge as a lifelong spiritual and academic quest. The expectations of Catholic graduates, therefore, are not only knowledge and skills, but also values, attitudes and actions.
Catholic schools belong to all of us who value and support education based on the traditions and teachings of the Catholic faith. Our Catholic schools offer a truly distinctive form of education and remain a strong and integral part of Ontario’s publicly funded school system.
To begin the student registration process, please contact the designated community school, based on your home address. Registration appointments are required. Please call the school, in advance, to book a registration appointment.
School administration will verify your child’s eligibility to attend school. Please be prepared to provide the following documents required for the registration process:
· Child’s Birth Certificate
· Roman Catholic baptismal certificate (for elementary school only)
· Proof of status in Canada (for non-Canadian born students)
· Proof of home address (at least 2 pieces of registered identification)
· Legal documents related to custody and access, if applicable
· Ontario Health Card
· Record of Immunization
Please contact the school directly to confirm any additional documents that may be required to register your child for school.
Tuition fees apply to any international student who comes to Canada temporarily for the purpose of studying, and who is in possession of a valid study permit issued within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) for that purpose. International students, wishing to attend school, must request an application by contacting the Board’s Admissions department.
Please note that the Board considers applications for international students at the secondary school level ONLY. Applications must be received within the application period of May 1st to September 1st prior to the start of each school year. Acceptance of international students is at the discretion of the Board and is subject to the applicable Terms of Admission and payment of tuition fees, prior to registration.
Non-Canadian born students
All students born outside of Canada are required to provide valid documentation confirming their status in Canada, at the time of registration. Schools are required to verify immigration documents for eligibility purposes and may delay admission until documents can be verified. It is important to note that all documents required for registration (ie. birth certificate, Roman Catholic baptismal certificate and/or record of immunization) must be in English. If not, it is the responsibility of the parent to provide the school with a certified translation of the document, as part of the registration process.
In accordance with the Education Act, International students, unless exempt, are required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees, where applicable, are calculated in accordance with the Education Act. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each year. Fees are payable, in full, upon acceptance and prior to the first day of school.
Policy J 1.1 Admission of Students and Policy J 2.1 School Attendance Areas
Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility to Attend
Who is eligible to attend Catholic elementary school?
Children that have been baptized Roman Catholic, in accordance with the Education Act, are eligible to attend Catholic elementary school within the jurisdiction of the Board.
Why are non-Catholic students allowed to attend Catholic secondary schools?
In 1985, the provincial government extended funding for Catholic high schools. As a result, under the Education Act, at the secondary level only there is a provision for non-Catholic students to attend Catholic high schools and for Catholic students to attend public high schools.
My child is not Roman Catholic, how can he/she become Catholic?
If you wish to make a commitment to join the Roman Catholic faith or become baptized in the Catholic Church, please contact your local Catholic parish to discuss the requirements.
Can my child attend the school where my babysitter lives?
No. A student’s right to attend a school is determined by the parent’s principle place of residence as assessed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation and the parent’s direction of school taxes to Catholic schools as required by the regulations of the Education Act.
I want to find out where the bus stop is for my child?
School bus transportation is managed by South-Western Ontario Student Transportation Services. Should your child qualify for bus transportation, you will receive information regarding the bus stop once your child has been registered. For transportation information visit their website at www.mybigyellowbus.ca
How do I register my child for school?
Contact your designated community school for registration information. Student Registration Forms are available at the school and registration appointments are required.
Can I drop by the school to register my child?
Registrations are scheduled by appointment only. Please call the school first before arriving to ensure that school administration will be available to meet with you.
When can I register my child for school?
Registration begins in January. It is recommended that parents register their children for school as early as possible.
How old does a child have to be to start kindergarten?
According to the Education Act, children must be four years old for junior kindergarten and five years old for senior kindergarten by December 31st of the same year they start school in September.
What forms do I need to complete for registration?
Student Registration Forms are available, by appointment, at your designated community school. There may be other forms to complete, such as permission forms, when you register your child for school.
Do I need to bring anything to the school for registration?
You will need to bring documents to confirm your child’s age, health coverage, Catholic baptism (elementary school), immunizations, address and status in Canada. All documents must be presented to the school as originals and must be in English (or certified translation). For additional documentation, that may be required, please contact the school directly.
Do I bring photocopies of my documents to the school?
For verification purposes, you must present original documents to the school at the time of registration. The documents will be returned to you once they have been verified.