Registration

 
 
REGISTRATION AND ADMISSION PROCESS
For Sacred Heart Catholic School Guelph
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) World School
 
 
For families of new Kindergarten students starting September 2022, please see the following Ready for School document.  Other information can also be found on our board website.
 

For the 2021-2022 school year, please contact our secretary, Ms. Lewin at [email protected]    

To watch last year's virtual information session, please click here: Recording of the Parent Information Night for the IB program at Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School Guelph
 

Sacred Heart Catholic School - IB PYP Candidate School is one of a handful of publicly funded schools in Ontario to run the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP).  The PYP is an inclusive program.  All students and classes in our school are part of the PYP.  We are a Grade Kindergarten to 8 school.  The PYP runs from Grades Kindergarten to Grade 6, and we follow the same framework for Grades 7 and 8.   

Registration Forms

For JK and SK registration, please follow the steps outlined in this Kindergarten LINK to complete the registration process.           
For registration for Grades 1-8, please follow the steps on this link to complete the registration process.   

The registration form and supporting documentation can be submitted online. Please note that the registration forms and documents required are the same for all grades. If you have any questions about the registration process, please e-mail our secretary, Ms. Lewin at [email protected]

 

Space in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme is limited, and at times there is a waitlist for specific grades.  When there is a waitlist for a specific grade level, and a spot becomes available we will follow the stages outlined below for admission. Consideration is NOT prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis.  Should capacity be reached, students in the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary are redirected to Holy Rosary Catholic School, which does not offer the IB PYP.​​

 

Effective September 1, 2022, there is a waitlist for Year 1 (JK) Kindergarten, AND Year 2 (SK) Kindergarten, AND Grade 4 for the 2022-2023 school year.   All further registrations for Year 1 (JK), Year 2 (SK), and Grade 4 in the Sacred Heart Catholic School boundary will be directed to Holy Rosary Catholic School.  All registrations for Year 1 (JK), Year 2 (SK) and Grade 4 received on or after June 16th, 2022, will be on the waitlist.  Please contact the school if you have any questions. 

 

Stage 1:  

New Catholic students residing within the Sacred Heart Catholic School, Guelph boundary not currently enrolled at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Guelph.

Stage 2:  

Existing Wellington Catholic students residing outside the Sacred Heart Catholic School, Guelph boundary.

New Catholic students residing outside the Sacred Heart Catholic School, Guelph boundary.

Stage 3:

Siblings of existing non-Catholic students enrolled at Sacred Heart, Guelph.  

Stage 4: 

New non-Catholic students not enrolled at Wellington Catholic schools.

Should spots be available beyond the stage 1 selection (see above), a random selection process is initiated beginning with students in stage 2.  

 

Which school boundary am I in?

Go to www.findmyschool.ca 

     

For families in which the registering student or a parent are not baptized Roman Catholic, an interview with the principal is required as part of the registration process.  Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information

School Boundaries​

With the implementation of the IB Primary Years Programme, the boundary of Sacred Heart Catholic School has been extended to all students of the Wellington Catholic District School Board.  Click on this  link to enter your address and find out if you are in our boundary. Please be aware that students who live outside our boundary are not be eligible for bus transportation.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Will transportation be available for students outside the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary?

No.  Transportation is not available to students who reside outside the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary. Transportation to and from Sacred Heart Guelph for students outside the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. 


Is before/after school care available?

Y​es.  Limited space is available for before and after school care for students at Sacred Heart Guelph. Information about the before/after school program is available on request.

Are class sizes smaller because of the IB Primary Years Programme?

No.  Class sizes follow Ministry of Education requirements.                            

How does the French program work?
Students start Core French in Kindergarten.   Students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 receive 125 minutes of French instruction per week.  From Grades 4-8, students receive the provincially mandated 200 minutes per week.  In the primary grades, the focus is on oral French -  listening and speaking.
 
 
What if we live in the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary and miss the deadline?

All interested families ​should contact our school secretary Ms. Lewin.  If spaces are available, families will be able to register students.   Should capacity be reached, students in the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary registered after the deadline will be redirected to Holy Rosary Catholic School, which does not offer IB.  Transportation will be available according to the eligibility criteria in the Pupil Transportation Policy (R.BSS.E.1)

Can a student with no experience in the IB PYP attend the IB Diploma Programme at Bishop Macdonell when they reach secondary school?

​Yes. The PYP is not a prerequisite for the IB Diploma Programme so there is no need for a student to attend the PYP in order to attend the Diploma Programme in secondary school. Families can contact Bishop Macdonell for information regarding the Diploma Programme.  

​What if we are not Catholic?

The process for admission of students is outlined in section 2.4 of the Admission of Students to Wellington Catholic Policy/Regulation R.SMW.B.1.  An interview with the principal is required.  Please e-mail our secretary, Ms. Lewin at [email protected] to make arrangements.

What if we live in the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary and do not want our child to participate in the IB PYP at Sacred Heart?

Those families who live in the Sacred Heart boundary and would prefer that their child attend a traditional program have the option to attend Holy Rosary Catholic School.

Do we need to complete an out of boundary request form if we do not reside within the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary?

No.  IB PYP is a district program so students registering in the IB PYP residing outside the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary do not need to complete an out of boundary request form.

We require support with the registration process.  Is there anyone that can assist?

Yes! Please ask for assistance from our school secretary, Ms. Lewin at the school, call 519-824-2751 or e-mail [email protected]

Is there any information available online regarding IB PYP?

Yes.  For information specific to our school, please visit our pages IB PYP and About.  For general information about the  IB Primary Years Programme, please visit https://ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/www.ibo.org

What if we still have questions about the Primary Years Programme?  Is there anyone that can help us?

Yes.  Please call the school at 519-824-2751 or email our IB Resource Teacher, Ms. Finoro​ at [email protected]    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person tours are not available.  Video tours will be shared at the information session.

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