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​Parents/guardians can request that their child(ren) attend a different school from their neighbourhood catchment school. Approval is based on availability of space or program and staffing resources appropriate for the student and on a first-come-first-served basis (with priority being given to in-district applicants before those out-of-district.

For more information refer to the frequently asked questions below.
What if I want my child to attend a different school than our neighbourhood catchment school for the start of the next school year?

Parents or legal guardians who wish for their child to attend a school outside of their catchment area must submit an application for cross catchment transer (available from each school or at the bottom of this page) by 4:00 p.m. on February 26, 2021. The child must be registered at their catchment school before submitting an application for cross catchment transfer.

Applications can be submitted by email to student.registration@sd72.bc.ca or dropped off at your child's school office. 

Approval of applications is based on availability of space and facilities or program and staffing resources appropriate for the applicant and on a first-come-first-served basis (with priority being given to in-district applicants before those out-of-district).

Applications submitted after February 26 will be processed no later than the end of the first week of school.

The application for cross catchment transfer form is available at the bottom of this page.

What if I want my child to attend a different school than our neighbourhood catchment school part way through the current school year?

Parents or legal guardians who wish for their child to attend a school outside of their catchment area part way through the current school year must submit a mid-year application for cross catchment transfer (available from each school or at the bottom of this page) to their current school office.

Mid-year applications for cross catchment transfer will generally be approved as long as the requested school is not already designated as 'at capacity' for September and there is availability of space and facilities or program and staffing resources appropriate for the applicant.

The mid-year application for cross catchment transfer form is available at the bottom of this page.

​​We have recently moved to Campbell River and my child hasn't attended a School District 72 school yet. I would like my child to attend a different school than our neighbourhood catchment school. Can I register directly at the school that I would like my child to attend?

You need to first register your child at your neighbourhood catchment school and then submit an application for cross catchment transfer form.

My child is the Early French Immersion Program and was assigned to a school in kindergarten. Can I apply for a cross catchment transfer to the other French Immersion school in subsequent years?

​Yes, you can submit an application for cross catchment transfer after your child's kindergarten year. However, approval will be based on availaibility of space and facilities or program and staffing resources appropriate for the applicant. Follow the processes outlined in this section depending on whether the application is for the start of the next school year or part way through the current school year.

My child will be starting kindergarten and has an older sibling who attends a different school than our neighbourhood catchment school. Do I have to submit an application for cross catchment transfer?

No. Kindergarten students will be accepted at the sibling's school provided the sibling will still be in attendance when the student begins attending the out-of-catchment school. Parents or legal guardians are asked to register their child for kindergarten at the sibling's school by February 5, 2021.

After February 5, 2021 registrations will be late and may result in the student having to begin the school year at a different school.

School District 72 generally defines siblings as children who reside in the same household.

My child has been attending a different school from their sibling(s) but I would now like them to attend the same school for the start of the next school year. Do I have to submit an application for cross catchment transfer?

​Students who have a sibling at a school outside their catchment and who want to attend the same school as their sibling will generally be accepted at the sibling’s school provided the sibling will still be in attendance when the student begins at the out-of-catchment school and there is availability of space and facilities or program and staffing resources appropriate for the applicant.

Parents or legal guardians must complete Part B of the application for cross catchment transfer form (available from each school or at the bottom of this page) to confirm the sibling’s status and submit the completed form by email to student.registration@sd72.bc.ca by 4:00 p.m. on February 26, 2021. 

School District 72 generally defines siblings as children who reside in the same household.

If I submit an application for cross catchment transfer will my child be eligible for bus transportation?

​No. When parents or legal guardians choose a school other than their neighbourhood catchment school, they are required to provide their own transportation to and from as per our district's operational procedure 380 (Student Transportation). This includes when the student moves to a subsequent level of schooling (i.e. - from elementary to middle school or middle to secondary school).

Parents or legal guardians may however apply to the transportation department for courtesy ridership each school year. Courtesy ridership requests are reviewed and approved on a year-to-year basis. The transportation department can be reached at (250) 287.8808.

My child is attending a School District 72 school, but we moved catchment areas either during the school year or throughout the summer and want to attend our new catchment school in September. Do I have to submit an application for cross catchment transfer?

Yes, because space and staffing will need to be considered at the new school you now wish to attend. If you have moved prior to the cross catchment February date (February 26, 2021), you will have your application processed by the end of March. If you moved after the February date, your application will be processed no later than the end of the first week of school.

My child currently attends a School District 72 school, but we moved catchment areas during the school year and want to remain at the same school. Do I need to submit an application for cross catchment transfer?

No. Once a student has been accepted into a school they may remain at the assigned school for subsequent years.

The school my child is currently attending isn't working out. How can I move them to a different school during this school year?

Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to discuss concerns or problems with their child’s current principal before submitting a mid-year application for cross catchment transfer. If however a transfer is still desired, a mid-year application for cross catchment transfer must be submitted to the school board office.

The student will generally be accepted as long as the requested school is not already designated as at capacity for that year or the upcoming September and there is available space and facilities or program and staffing resources appropriate for the student.

If denied, the student will continue to attend their present school, but can submit an application for cross catchment transfer for the following September.

We have submitted an application for cross catchment transfer for next school year. When will we find out whether it has been approved?

The district will respond in writing to all applications for cross catchment transfers made by February 26, 2021, whether approved or denied, by March 31.

Applications received after February 26, 2021 will be processed no later than the end of the first week of school.

Parents or legal guardians of denied applications will be put onto a wait list for that school however, they should contact the school board office should they want the application removed from the wait list.

My secondary school aged child has submitted an application for cross catchment transfer. When will I find out whether it has been approved so that they can complete their course selections?

​Every attempt will be made to process secondary student applications before June 30 to allow students opportunity to meet with a school counsellor to discuss their learning needs and determine the appropriate courses to meet those needs.

We haven't heard about my child's application for cross catchment transfer, or they are on a wait list  and the school year is about to start. Where does my child go on the first day of school?

​If your application was made after February 26, 2021 your application will be processed no later than the end of the first week of school. If you haven’t heard about the status of your application for cross catchment transfer or you have been informed that your child is on a wait list, your child is to attend their present school until you have been informed that your transfer has been approved.

Inquiries can be made to the superintendent’s office at (250) 830.2398

What happens if I change my mind after my child's application for cross catchment transfer has been approved and we wish to now go to our neighbourhood catchment school?

​The parent must advise the school in writing that they wish to rescind the original application request. As school staffing is based on enrollment projections which include applications for cross catchment transfers, the cancellation of the application will depend on the availability of space, program and staffing resources. Parents will be advised once a determination is made.

My child had crossed catchments for their current level of school, but is now moving to another level (i.e. moving from elementary up to middle school). Do I need to submit another application for cross catchment transfer?

​No. If the student is moving up to the next level of school that their current school feeds into, another application for cross catchment transfer is not required.

If, however, the student is wishing to attend a different middle or secondary school, a new application is required. For example, the student currently attends Penfield Elementary which feeds into Southgate Middle School, but wishes to attend École Phoenix Middle School instead.

Please note that as the parent or legal guardian of a cross catchment student, you will still be required to provide your own transportation to and from this next level of schooling in keeping with the district's operational procedure 380 (Student Transportation). Parents or legal guardians may however apply to the transportation department for courtesy ridership each school year. Courtesy ridership requests are reviewed and approved on a year-to-year basis.

The transportation department can be reached at (250) 287.8808.

My child currently attends a Campbell River school, but I am going to move out of district and would like for my child to remain at the same school. What do I need to do?

​Notify the superintendent’s office at (250) 830.2398 and they will notify the superintendent of the other school district that while the student is moving into their district they will be remaining in School District 72.

My child's application for cross catchment transfer has been approved. Are they eligible for bus transportation?

​No. When parents or legal guardians choose a school other than the one within their neighbourhood catchment area, they are required to provide their own transportation as per our district's operational procedure 380 (Student Transportation).

Parents or legal guardians may however apply to the transportation department for courtesy ridership for that one school year. Courtesy ridership requests are reviewed and approved on a year-to-year basis.

The transportation department can be reached at (250) 287.8808

My child lives in Courtenay but would like to attend a Campbell River school. Is this possible?

​Yes, it is possible for a child to attend a Campbell River school even though they live within School District 71. Parents or legal guardians should complete a registration form at the requested Campbell River school, but should note that their registration will not be processed until the end of the first week of school in September once we have ensured that there is adequate space, facilities or program and staffing resources after students who reside within School District 72 have been prioritized.

My child has been attending a different school from their sibiling(s) but I would now like them to attend the same school during this school year. Do I have to submit an application for cross catchment transfer?

​Students who have a sibling at a school outside their catchment and who want to attend the same school as their sibling will generally receive priority acceptance at the sibling's school provided the sibling will be in attendance when the student begins at the out-of-catchment school and there is availability of space and facilities or program and staffing resources appropriate for the applicant.

Parents or legal guardians must complete Part B of the Application for Cross Catchment Transfer form (available from each school or at the bottom of this page) to confirm the sibling's status and submit the completed form to the sibling's school.

School District 72 generally defines siblings as children who reside in the same household.

  
  
Form 302-1 Application for Cross Catchment Transfer.pdf
  
Mid-Year Cross Catchment Transfer Application (Form 302-2).pdf