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Random Selection and Enrolment Limits

Enrolment Limits

Some schools don’t have enough space for all the students that want to attend. 

At schools with enrolment limits:

  • the number of students that can be accommodated is limited
  • limitations may apply to the school, certain classes, or particular programs
  • the limits only apply to students living outside of the school’s designated attendance area
  • as many students as possible will be accepted up to the enrolment limit

Random Selection

If the number of students who want to attend a school or program exceeds the available space, new applicants from outside the school’s designated attendance area (but within the City of Edmonton) are chosen by random selection.

The random selection process is conducted by district administration to ensure that all students are provided equal opportunity to attend the school or program. Where needed, random selections will be completed, and parents notified, no later than April 25.

Successful in Random Selection

If your child is successful in random selection and you choose to pre-enrol them at that school, your child will not be eligible to return to their designated school for the upcoming school year if the designated school has reached their enrolment limit.

Unsuccessful in Random Selection

If your child is unsuccessful in random selection, they can attend their current school (if the appropriate grade is available), their designated school or any other district school with available space. Your child’s current school will work with you to discuss your options, print a Next Year Selection form indicating your second choice, and ask you to sign the form.

After Random Selection

After families have been notified of the results, schools that participated in random selection:

  • are considered full (even if  students withdraw at a later date)
  • do not maintain a waiting list