Tyee Elementary School
VSB Montessori Alternative
3525 Dumfries Street
Vancouver BC, V5N 3S5
Tyee Elementary is a public Montessori alternative school. We welcome applications from anywhere in the Vancouver area. As of September 2011, kindergarten is a full-day class (9:00 am to 3:00 pm).
The Kindergarten class is selected through a lottery process. To be included in the Kindergarten Lottery, parents/guardians must come to the school and complete an application form for each child (including siblings) between November 1st and January 31st.
Please note that this is an application of interest to attend our school; it is not an official registration. Parents/guardians should first register at their neighbourhood/catchment school, where they will be asked to present the child's original birth certificate and proof of Vancouver residency (recent property tax statement, formal rental or lease agreement, or Confirmation of Residence form available at the District Reception and Placement Centre).
Students born outside of Canada must first register at the District Reception and Placement Centre before applying at any school. More specific information is available on the DRPC page (left-hand column) of the Vancouver Board of Education website (www.vsb.bc.ca).
Selection Process - Kindergarten Lottery
1. Applications are accepted between November 1st and January 31st.
2. Siblings of current students will have priority.
3. Gender equity will be maintained.
4. Lottery is held on the first Monday in February. In the presence of the School Principal and PAC Executive, an electronic, randomized drawn is performed to fill the number of seats available. Once completed, remaining names are drawn to determine their order on the wait list. Parents will be informed of acceptance by telephone, followed by a confirming letter. Those on the waitlist will be informed of their waitlist position by mail within a week.
5. Parents of successful applicants must inform the school of their decision to accept/decline by 3:00 pm on the Friday following the draw. If they accept, the neighbourhood/catchment school will then be notified and the official registration file will be forwarded to us. Immunization records will also be requested.
Twins will be considered as one entry in the lottery. If this family is chosen as the final placement, the second or subsequent child will be first on the wait list.
Admission to Grades 1 through 7
All students who live in Vancouver are eligible to attend Tyee's Montessori Alternative program. Each grade level has a waitlist, and new applications will be entered at the end of this list in the order that they are received. Because of the multi-year learning cycle of the Montessori curriculum, natural entry points for children without previous Montessori experience are at Kindergarten and Grade 4. (Applications are accepted for the waitlist of any grade level. However, those with prior Montessori experience will be given priority in Grades 1 through 3 and 5 through 7).
How do I apply?
Application forms are available at the Tyee Elementary School office every week day from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm. Please bring the child's original birth certificate and a piece of identification that confirms your residence in Vancouver (recent property tax statement, formal rental or lease agreement, or Confirmation of Residency form available at the District Reception and Placement Centre). Copies will be made at the office and originals returned.
When can I drop by to visit the school?
Visitor Days are scheduled once a month from October to January. Please check our website for specific dates, under “School Calendar”. Sessions begin at 9:30 am and include an overview of our school and a tour of the premises. The Principal conducts the session and is available for any queries. To limit disruption to the students, Visitor Days are for adults only. Thank you for your understanding.
When will I know if my child can attend Tyee?
In June, after the current students have been tentatively placed in classes and available spaces are known, new students will be phoned and offered enrolment for the coming year.
Please Note (for Kindergarten through Grade 7): If a placement becomes available and is offered, the parents/guardians will have 48 hours to accept or decline, with some extensions at the discretion of the Principal). If the offer is declined, the application will become void and the child's name will be removed from the waitlist.
What if my child is not accepted in the year I apply?
All waitlisted names are automatically rolled over into the next year's waitlist. It is encouraged, but not mandatory for parents to contact the office (604-713-4723) each year to confirm their continued interest in remaining on the waitlist. It is especially important to call if contact information has changed and/or the child has gained Montessori experience since the initial application.
Waitlist numbers are only given out following the initial kindergarten lottery draw.
Before applying, we strongly recommend that you take the time to familiarize yourself with the uniqueness of Maria Montessori's philosophy and approach to education. This will help determine if our school is the most suitable setting in which your child can thrive and reach his/her potential. In order to realize a successful Montessori Program, active parental involvement is encouraged; both at home and at school. Thank you.
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