READY TO ENROL
Once you have decided to enrol, the next steps are:
Submit Documents and deposit
b. Completed Parental Form of Agreement
c. Copy of proof of birth — birth certificate, passport, etc.
d. Copy of immunization records
e. Copies of report cards, if applicable: final from previous year, whatever is available from current year
f. Copy of Individualized Education Plan (IEP), if applicable
g. $500 deposit cheque — deducted from tuition if accepted, returned if JKCS is unable to accommodate your family
Academic Assessment for students in Grades 1-8; Class Visit for Kindergarten age students
Admissions meeting — enrolment is finalized; school information and invoicing
Payment Plan submitted
Optional class visit (Grades 1 – 8) if time allows
New Family Orientation — August
The earlier we can begin planning for your family, the better equipped we will be to meet your needs. We offer “early bird” reductions to encourage early enrolment, because our goal is to provide each student with the environment and support they require to have an enriching and successful time with us. Understanding your child’s needs and learning style will allow us to plan classes and staffing effectively. Also, our bus routes for September are set in May/June — families enrolling after that time will need to use an existing stop, or may not be able to use the bus if we do not get into your area.
Upon receipt and review of the submitted documents, we will contact you to set up a time for an academic assessment.
The assessments take roughly 30 – 45 minutes, and are intended to measure your child’s academic standing in comparison to the grade he/she will be joining. For Kindergarten, the assessment is done through a 1.5 – 2 hour classroom visit, or through attendance at our Ready, Set, School program, which runs each year in February.
AFTER THE ASSESSMENT
After the assessment, you will be advised of the results and if there are no concerns, enrolment will be finalized. If needed, a meeting may be set up with the Principal and the parents, to discuss the results and explore the options available to ensure your child has the support needed to succeed and flourish at JKCS. If we are unable to meet your child’s needs, enrolment may be declined.
3. Admissions Meeting
The final step in the process is an admissions meeting — a conversation between the family and the Principal, and Vice Principal. The purpose of this discussion is to further explore your expectations of John Knox, and ensure a full understanding of who we are and how we will teach and nurture your child. School routines, volunteering expectations, methods of communication, and invoicing and payment plans will be discussed at this meeting as well.
4. Class Visit / New Family Meeting
It can be helpful for new students to visit the class room for a morning — they will get an opportunity to meet the students they will be in class with in September, and familiarize themselves with the school layout, washrooms, playground, etc. If you think your child would benefit from a class visit, we are happy to set this up!
Due to the busy-ness of the month of June, opportunities are limited in that month — early enrolment makes the class visit much more possible!
NEW FAMILY MEETING / KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION
Before school starts in September, we hold an evening meeting for all of our newly enrolled families. All staff is present, and we will share some important information with you, and you will have a chance to ask questions, meet your child’s teacher, and meet other new parents. Your children are not required to attend (except the new kindergarten students) but we will have childcare available if needed.
Parents with students in kindergarten will be invited to come early with their children to explore the classroom, meet the teacher, and ask questions.