In Richmond we value students being able to attend a school in their neighbourhood. We would like to provide a similar opportunity for elementary students choosing to enroll in French Immersion. Access to the French Immersion programs through a French Immersion catchment school-based process. Acceptance into the program is dependent on space availability.

The Early and Late French Immersion catchment-based process will be done using the following registration priorities:

  • Priority 1: Students with an older sibling who will be attending French Immersion within the same school in the same program in the same school year. Siblings must register following the usual procedures by the stated deadline to be eligible for Priority 1 status. Students enrolled after the deadline will go on a waitlist.
  • Priority 2: Students who reside within the French Immersion catchment boundaries.
  • Priority 3: Students who reside outside the French Immersion School's catchment area and live within the Richmond School District.
  • Priority 4: Students who reside outside the Richmond School District.¬†


In a catchment-based process, an applicants first choice school would be their French Immersion catchment school. Depending on available space and the number of applications, French Immersion applicants will either be placed at their catchment school or a catchment-based draw would take place.

A catchment-based placement and draw process does not guarantee that every applicant will be able to attend a French Immersion school in their neighbourhood. There will still be a limited number of spaces at each French Immersion School. Applicants will be required to provide a second and third choice school and a randomized draw will take place.

Late applications, including siblings, received after the deadline will be added to the end of the waitlist that will be created from the draw.