Under the British Columbia School Act, an educational program will be provided for every school-aged student who is ordinarily a 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 a 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.

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.

Click on the registration information specific to your child:
Kindergarten students
Students new to district
Student Transfers – cross district and out of district
Students going into Grade 8
Newcomers to Canada
International Students
Residents With Uncertain or No Immigration Status

Registration Procedures and Required Documentation

For further registration enquiries


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 through to grade 5.

For Early French Immersion, first find the school that offers this that is located within your designated catchment. Then 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.

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

For more specific details on placement priority for French Immersion click here.