Exploring Educational Options for 2010 / 2011

The 2010 / 2011 school year is still more than 7 months away, but School District 43 (which serves Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra) is already planning ahead. This is the time of year when registration happens, for kindergarten and special programs such as French Immersion. If you will have a 5-year-old headed to public school in the fall, or if you’re considering a special program or attending a school outside of your catchment area, you will want to read on for some very important information.

A new Mandarin bilingual program will debut in September, 2010 at Walton Elementary School in Coquitlam [map]. For the first year, spaces are available to kindergarten and grade 1 students. The information session has already happened, but registration is ongoing until Tuesday, January 26 at 4:30pm. To register, complete the registration form and mail or hand deliver it to the Coquitlam School Board Office at 550 Poirier Street. Alternately, you can submit it by email to Ms. Robbie Clement at rclement@sd43.bc.ca.

School District 43 has been offering a Montessori program in local schools for more than 30 years. Students usually enter in kindergarten or grade one, although there are also spots for late entry in grade 6. Information sessions for parents of kindergarten or grade one students will take place on Monday, January 18 from 3:30-5pm and again from 7-8:30pm in the Gallery Room at Winslow Centre [map]. If you opt to enroll your child in Montessori a completed registration form must be mailed or hand delivered to the Coquitlam School Board Office at 550 Poirier Street no later than 4:30pm on Tuesday, January 26. Parents of students who will enter grade 6 in 2010 are also invited to attend an information session on late entry Montessori on Monday, February 1 at 7pm at Montgomery Middle School [map].

French Immersion remains a very popular choice for many parents. Much like Montessori, there is the option of enrolling in the early program in kindergarten or the late program in grade 6. 5 information sessions on early immersion are being offered in the next two weeks. They are:

  • Tuesday, January 19 at 7pm at Glen Elementary [map]
  • Wednesday, January 20 at 7pm at Glenayre Elementary [map]
  • Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm at Porter Elementary [map]
  • Wednesday, January 27 at 7pm at Kilmer Elementary [map]
  • Thursday, January 28 at 7pm at Nestor Elementary [map]
  • There are also two information sessions on late-entry French immersion. They are:

  • Tuesday, February 23 at 7pm at Pitt River Middle School [map]
  • Wednesday, February 24 at 7pm at Banting Middle School [map]
  • For more information on the French Immersion program contact Sophie Bergeron at 604.937.6392.

    Parents of grade 8 students who are interested in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Port Moody Secondary [map] can attend one of two information sessions at the school to learn more. The sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 21, from 7-8:30pm. IB is an internationally renowned district program offering a challenging curriculum for talented and highly motivated students in grades 9 through 12. For more information contact Mr. Laurie Saucier, IB Coordinator, at 604.939.6656 or at lsaucier@sd43.bc.ca.

    Children born in 2005, like our own daughter Hannah, will be entering kindergarten in 2010. This year full-day kindergarten is a hot topic amongst parents. The program is rolling out for the first time in 2010, and will be offered at 20 of the district’s 45 schools. For the full list of schools offering full-day kindergarten, refer to the detailed information on full-day kindergarten registration. The district anticipates that full-day kindergarten will be rolled out in the remaining schools in September, 2011. To register for kindergarten, visit your local neighbourhood school (use the school locator if you’re not sure which one it is). All students must register there, first, from February 2-4.

    If you do not want your child to attend the local neighbourhood school, you can participate in the cross-catchment process. The cross-catchment application period for kindergarten students is from February 8-17, and for all other students it is from February 18-March 18. Requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will depend on the availability of space in the school. School District 43 encourages use of the electronic form. Parents will be notified in writing of the status of their request by March 5 for kindergarten students, and by April 1 for all other students.

    No matter what option you choose for your kids, one thing is clear to me as I contemplate sending my first child to kindergarten: this is all much harder on parents than it is on children. My daughter is excited and eager to start school, and I am just wondering where the time went.

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    1. Leslie Courchesne says:

      Excellent info. Thanks so much! (How did I survive before thev3h.com?!?)