How to Join the Montessori Program at Renfrew Elementary School
Please check the Vancouver School Board website here. Generally, to apply, first you need to make sure you apply for your English catchment school. Then, you will receive your Personal Education Number (PEN). After that, you can fill out a form online on the VSB website usually by the end of January.
Note that returning students get their spots first, followed by any siblings. All other applicants are put into a lottery for the remaining spots.
If this is your first time, note that you can apply for several schools like French immersion and Montessori in Vancouver at the same time. The lotteries are often around the same time and then you have a set amount of time to decide which school to enroll your child.
If you do not get a spot, you will usually be notified of your waiting list number. It's not uncommon for children on the waiting lists to get a spot. When a parent turns down a school, a spot opens up and the child at the top of the list then gets the option to enroll. This continues so on down the list until all spots are filled. In some instances, parents may find that the school is not the right fit for their child even a few weeks into class and new kids from the waiting list may be added.
If your child is applying for a spot in Grade 1 to Grade 7, they will be added to the existing wait list for each grade. Priority is given to children with previous Montessori experience. Make sure you include any Montessori experience your child has on your form or to the school.
Does the Montessori School Interact With the Rest of the School?
Absolutely, YES! The Montessori classes attend the same sports day events, Terry Fox Run and more. Other than how the children are taught within the classroom, they participate just the same in all school wide events and activites. Other examples include dance week, golf week and participation in the Pink Day anti-bullying day.