Newcomers – Elementary and High School Students
Welcome to the TDSB! We are happy to welcome thousands of new students each year. Learn everything you need to know about getting started and attending a TDSB school.
To register an elementary school student (Kindergarten to Grade 8), please visit your local school directly.
We are here to help make your transition into a TDSB school as smooth as possible. There are many supports and resources available to help you!
Students who reside within the City of Toronto have the right to attend a school which is designated to serve their residential address. The “Find Your School” section of the website identifies the designated schools for each residential address.
Students also have the opportunity to access schools outside of the school that is designated to serve their residential address by applying on optional attendance. Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. The procedures, conditions, and timelines relating to optional attendance are described in the Optional Attendance Policy and the Optional Attendance Operational Procedure.
Learn more about Optional Attendance, including definitions of the classifications, as well as links to full school listings.
If you have any questions about optional attendance, please contact the school directly.
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VIRTUAL SCHOOL FRENCH PROGRAMS (elementary)
Each of the four Elementary Virtual Schools will have offerings of French Immersion and Extended French Programs.
For more information, please view this: FSL Frequently Asked Questions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eKspnXFUry_RG11dsVQ0HcgF1oX08XaQ/edit
EXEMPTION FROM MINIMUM REQUIREMENT OF SYNCHRONOUS (LIVE ONLINE) LEARNING
In accordance with requirements outlined by the Ministry of Education in Policy/Program Memorandum No. 164, individual requests for an exemption from the minimum requirements for synchronous learning will be made to the School Superintendent. The superintendent will ensure that alternative learning approaches are put in place for all exempted students, and will respond in writing to all exemption requests. Teachers will be responsible for all aspects of instructional programming for exempted students. Approved exemptions will be stored in the student’s Ontario Student Record and will expire three months after the date of approval. Exemptions can be extended beyond the 3-month period by re-applying for another exemption prior to the expiration date.
More information about the minimum requirements, application deadlines (first on September 29), and more, can be found: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eKspnXFUry_RG11dsVQ0HcgF1oX08XaQ/edit
SWITCHING BETWEEN IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL LEARNING
The TDSB recognizes that parents/guardians and/or students may want to switch between in-person learning and Virtual School. It is important to note that, for health and safety reasons, and because of the impact switching would have on staffing, physical distancing and space allocation, it will not be possible to immediately transition between the two models.