Register New Students at SMCDSB

new student registration buttonWe are excited to welcome new families to the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board!

We invite parents/guardians of new* students to the SMCDSB to complete your child's registration using our Online Student Registration Application.

*Please note that a new* student is defined as a student who has never attended the SMCDSB. The Online Student Registration Application cannot be used for former students or for students currently registered at an SMCDSB school.

Registration is now open for the 2024-2025 school year. Families can register using the Online Student Registration Application (link above) or the printable registration form (PDF linked below).

All new families to the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board must submit a complete registration package and meet with school administration prior to your child being admitted to school. 

For those unable to apply online, please complete our Universal Student Registration Form (fillable PDF format). Please note you need to download the form first and open with Adobe. Once the form is completed please print and return it to the school.

Your application will require additional information and documentation to complete the registration process. You can find a list of required documents below as well as other frequently asked questions.

What school will my child attend?

Your child will attend school based on established school boundaries.

Families in Simcoe County can use an Interactive Map to find the school associated with a specific address.

Alternatively, families can contact the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board at 705-722-3555 and someone would be happy to assist you. 

Does my child need to be Catholic to register?

In elementary school (Kindergarten - Grade 8), either the child or parent's Roman Catholic baptismal certificate is required for registration. There are certain exceptions outlined in our EP-01 Admission to Elementary Schools policy.

In high school, students do not have to be Catholic and proof of baptism is not required. Non-Catholic students must respect the right and practices of the Catholic school system.

How do I register my child?

We invite parents/guardians to complete your child's registration online using our Online Student Registration Application. Please note that you will still need to bring required documentation to the school to complete registration.  Due to school closures, school office staff are currently unable to meet with families to verify documentation. Once physical distancing measures are lifted and schools are able to re-open, school staff will contact families to bring in their documents and complete registration.

For those unable to apply online, you will need to complete our Universal Student Registration Form (PDF above). The completed form must be printed and returned to the school.

In addition to this form, we will require additional information and documentation to complete registration. Please see the tab below for a list of required documents.

What grade will my child be in?

When you input your child's birthdate on the Online Student Registration application, the system will automatically determine and assign the appropriate grade.

What documents do I need to register my child?

Please bring the following documents to the school for registration:
  • Universal Student Registration Form (PDF above), if no online registration has been completed
  • Student or parent's Roman Catholic Baptismal Certificate (elementary only)
  • Student's birth certificate
  • Proof of Address (ie. utility bill, property tax bill, home phone/cable/Internet bill, agreement of purchase & sale). Driver's license, lease agreements and cell phone bills are not acceptable for audit purposes
  • Completed up-to-date immunizations - either
  • Latest municipal tax assessment (MPAC)/tax bill (elementary only and if applicable)
  • Completed Application for Direction of School Support Form and/or School Support Lease (Catholic parent/guardians)
  • Recent Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) (if applicable, for special education)
  • Superintendent's approval letter for non-Catholic admission to elementary school (if applicable)
  • Boundary exemption letter (if applicable)
  • Court order/separation agreement/guardianship agreement (if applicable)
  • Kindergarten survey (JK/SK only - voluntary)

What if my child was born outside of Canada?

Students who were born outside of Canada will require additional documentation to register:
  • Confirmation of country of birth
  • Confirmation of first date of entry into Canada (student's passport)
  • Confirmation of current status in Canada. Example:
    • Canadian citizen
    • Permanent resident
    • Refugee
    • Visitor
    • Student visa
    • Exchange student
    • Study permit
    • Work permit
    • Other

Is there support for newcomer families?

Yes. Staff at the school will meet with newcomer families to help them complete the registration process.

Interpreter services are available for families who are experiencing language barriers. 

Is child care available at the school?

Several of our schools offer child care programs on-site.

Visit our child care page for a listing of available on-site programs.

Is my child eligible for transportation to/from school?

Transportation for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board is coordinated by the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC).

School vehicle transportation is available for elementary students who live at least 1.6 km away from school and 3.2 km away for secondary students.

Please visit the SCSTC website to determine your child's eligibility or call 705-733-8965 for any questions related to transportation.