INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (IB PYP)
E-mail notification of admission will be sent by Monday, March 2, 2020. If admitted, parent confirmation via e-mail is required by Friday March 6 , 2020. If space is unavailable, parents will have the opportunity to place their child on a waitlist on a first come first served basis.
What is the selection process for the IB PYP?
Selection for the IB Primary Years Programme is offered in four stages according to the Wellington Catholic District School Board Admission policies and aligned with the mandate of Catholic education:
New Catholic students residing within the Sacred Heart Catholic School, Guelph boundary not currently enrolled at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Guelph.
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.
Siblings of existing non-Catholic students enrolled at Sacred Heart, Guelph.
New non-Catholic students not enrolled at Wellington Catholic schools.
Random Selection Process
Should spots be available beyond the stage 1 selection (see above), a random selection process is initiated beginning with students in stage 2.
Registration must be completed by the deadline to be considered for the IB PYP. Consideration is NOT prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis.
Should capacity be reached, students in the Sacred Heart Guelph boundary registered after the deadline, are redirected to Holy Rosary Catholic School, which does not offer IB.
Please follow the steps outlined in this LINK to complete the registration process. The registration form and supporting documentation can be submitted online or in person at Sacred Heart Catholic School Guelph (125 Huron St. Guelph N1E 5L5). Please note that the registration forms and documents required are the same for all grades.
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.
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?
Yes. 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 the board or school website.
Are class sizes smaller because of the IB Primary Years Programme?
Class sizes follow Ministry of Education requirements.
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. The school principal can support you with this process.
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@example.com
Is there any information available online regarding IB PYP?
Yes. Please visit 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 the IB Resource Teacher, Ms. Finoro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours can also be arranged through Ms. Finoro.