Burnaby School District


Under the British Columbia School Act, an educational program will be provided for every school-aged student who is ordinarily resident in Burnaby. Additionally, the Board of Education has established policy that allows for students who meet the district's admission eligibility regulation and who reside outside of Burnaby or who are temporarily resident in Burnaby the opportunity to attend a Burnaby public school. To establish enrolment eligibility, every student seeking admission to a Burnaby school is required to provide documentation establishing residency, guardianship, age and citizenship.

Starting in February, students register at the school within the designated attendance area where the student ordinarily resides or make application to attend another school or educational program within the district. (see student transfers below) The school locator can help you determine the attendance area your address is associated with.

There are a number of factors and priorities that determine a student's placement in a Burnaby school. Priority for the upcoming school year will be given to applications received during the month of February. Additional ranking criteria will be used to determine admission if space in a desired school or district program is limited.

For specific information about registering Kindergarten students, students new to the District, students going into Grade 8, Student transfers (cross-district & out of district), newcomers to Canada or international students click here

For a summarized chart on placement priority if you have submitted a cross-district or out-of-district application click here.



The district also offers Language Program Options that require an application.


Early French Immersion is a language program option for students entering kindergarten or grade 1.
Mandarin Language Arts is a language program option offered at Forest Grove Elementary for students entering kindergarten or grade 1, 2 or 3.   


For Early French Immersion, first find the school that offers this that is located within your designated catchment.   In February, register at the school designated as your catchment school (regardless of whether they offer French immersion or not) and include with the registration form a district language program application form. 


Late French Immersion is an option for students entering grade 6. A district language program application form must be submitted to the school that offers this program that is located within your designated catchment.


For a summarized chart on placement priority for Language programs click here
For more specific details on placement priority for French Immersion click here