What are programs of choice?
Langley School District offers a rich diversity of programs that are designed to meet the specific needs and interests of students. Programs of Choice fall into three main categories: District Programs, School-based Programs, and programs offered through the Career Education Department.
Who can attend programs of choice?
Any student in the Langley School District can register, and if accepted, can attend a choice program. If space is available, the District’s registration process is followed, and an acceptance offer is provided, students living outside of the Langley School District can attend a choice program.
When does registration start for programs of choice?
Registration for choice programs always occurs in the fall. This year, registration begins Monday, October 3, 2022 until Monday, October 17, 2022.
Please note for some programs registration is ongoing throughout the year until all available spaces are filled.
How do I register my child for a choice program? Kindergarten Programs
The Langley Education Awareness Program (LEAP) requires prospective students and their parents/guardians to attend an information session. This session outlines important information and is an opportunity for program staff to answer questions families may have.
All programs require students and their families to register online beginning October 3, 2022 until October 17, 2022. This is an open application period giving families the opportunity to edit and add updates to their child’s application. To ensure an equitable system, it is important to note, submitting an application early does not increase your child’s chances of receiving an acceptance offer. In other words, families do not have to submit applications on day one of registration.
Please note, prospective students can only register in the fall in the year prior to starting Kindergarten. That means, parents/guardians with infants or toddlers are not able to register their child for a choice program as they are ineligible.
How do I register my child for a choice program? Grade 1 – 12 Programs
All programs require students and their families to register at the school where the program is located. Please visit the school website or call/email the school’s office ahead for further instructions.
Please note registration for Late French Immersion must be completed online during the two-week registration period in October when a student is in grade 5. Late French Immersion begins in Grade 6. Students do not need to know French to enter this program.
Can I register my child in more than one choice program?
Yes. As per school district procedures, students can be registered in up to two choice programs.
How does the District/schools decide who is accepted into choice programs? Kindergarten Only
Once registration closes, the school district conducts a lottery of all the applicants. An ordered list is generated and notification emails are sent to families to offer acceptance. Families have forty-eight hours to accept or decline. Schools will continue with offers until all available spaces are filled. To ensure an equitable system, it is important to note the lottery is random.
How does the District/schools decide who is accepted into choice programs?
Acceptance into a choice program is done with the following priority criteria:
- First priority will be given to the siblings of District resident students who are enrolled at the school choice program or in the same District choice program.
- Second priority will be given to District resident students.
- Third priority will be given to the siblings of District non-resident students who are enrolled at the school choice program or in the same District choice program.
- Fourth priority will be given to non-resident students in the following sequence:
- Students that are residents in another British Columbia School District.
- Other Canadian students who are residents in British Columbia.
If my child is on a waiting list for a choice program, when will I hear back about acceptance into the program?
Your child will remain on the waitlist for one year, until the next application period in October. At any point during that year, you may be contacted about a placement that has become available in your preferred choice program.
If my child is on a waiting list for two choice programs, and I get accepted into one of the programs, can my child remain on the waiting list for the other program?
Once a parent is invited to register their child in a choice program and accepts the registration, their child’s name will be removed from any other list. They will surrender the opportunity to hold an additional placement option in reserve.
If my child is in a choice program, will they be able to return to their catchment school at any time?
Yes. If a student wishes to withdraw from a choice program, they must notify their choice school and their catchment school. Withdrawing students will lose their seat in the choice program and will have to be added to the waitlist if they wish to enroll again.
Is the District’s bus service available for students enrolled in choice programs?
No. Students attending a choice program are not eligible for transportation. They may still apply for transportation but will be considered as third priority riders according to Policy 18. Otherwise, parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to and from choice program schools.