HOW TO APPLY TO THE LANGLEY FINE ARTS SCHOOL:
Langley Schools are proud to offer several Programs of Choice located in various sites throughout the District. Entry into these programs is by application only. These programs include:
At the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education held on December 8, 2015, the Board voted to adopt changes to Policy 5084 (Application to Enter Choice Programs). The significant changes to the policy include:
- Early French Immersion (Kindergarten – Belmont, James Kennedy)
- Late French Immersion (Grade 6 – Alex Hope, Noel Booth, Betty Gilbert)
- Fine Arts (Kindergarten – Langley Fine Arts School)
- Fundamental (Kindergarten – Coghlan, Langley Fundamental Elementary)
- Montessori (Kindergarten – Uplands)
- U Connect (Kindergarten – Simonds)
- Moving to an on-line registration process for entry to a choice program in the following school year;
- Limiting a parent’s choice to a maximum of two programs;
- Application 11 months prior to entry point into the Kindergarten program
- Changing the priority ranking for accepting students to a choice program to favor Langley resident students;
- A random draw process for selecting eligible students when there are more applicants than seats for a particular choice program.
The new online application process will be in effect for families wanting to apply for Kindergarten entry into any choice program for September 2017. The application process will be open from Monday, October 3, 2016 and closes at midnight on Friday, October 14, 2016. Families will need to access the District Website at https://www.sd35.bc.ca and select the tab Programs and Initiatives, click on Programs of Choice then access the Application to Programs of Choice to complete the online process.
If your child has a sibling already in the same program, it is important that you indicate this in your application and you will need to provide the sibling’s 9 digit P.E.N. (Personal Education Number). If you are unsure of this number, please contact the sibling’s school.
By November 15, 2016, all families will receive an email indicating if your child has been accepted into a program of choice. Families will have 7 days to electronically accept or reject an offered seat. After that time, unclaimed seats will be offered to waitlisted applicants. (Please ensure that your computer settings do not block School District 35 emails and check your Spam or Junk folder so that you receive messages from the School District.)
Placement into choice programs will be prioritized in the following manner:
If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats, the District will use a random draw process to assign either a seat or a waitlist number. If a seat becomes available and your child is the highest on the waitlist, you will be contacted with an option to accept or reject that seat. Families will have 7 days to respond electronically to an offer.
- Langley residents with siblings in the same program
- Langley residents
- Non-Langley residents with siblings in the same program
- Non-Langley residents
Please refer to the Regulations to Policy 5084.
Should you require assistance please contact Office Services at the School Board Office at 604-534-7891, extension 237.
SD 35 Link: https://www.sd35.bc.ca/programs-initiatives/programs-of-choice
Several Times a year, we host School Information Sessions. During which, you will have the opportunity to tour the school and visit classes in session. You will receive information about the school and its programs, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions. Please view our calendar (School News Tab) for upcoming Information Sessions.
HOW WILL THE PROCESS WORK FOR OTHER YEARS OF A PROGRAM?
Parents wishing to apply must fill out an application form available at the school site where they wish to register their child. This can be done at any time during the year.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Application Form - This is completed by students/parents and returned to the Langley Fine Arts School. The date this application form is received determines the student's place on the waiting list. When filling vacancies, preference is given to Langley residents, then the school fills openings available in the various Fine Arts majors in each particular grade.
Inforamation Session - If you haven't already done so, attend an Information Session to see us in operation. Call the school to find the date of the next scheduled Information Session.
Interview Appointment - When space is available in the appropriate grade and Arts major, one of the secretaries at the school will call to arrange a time for your interview. We start interviewing in February of each school year.
Interview - Parents and students are encouraged to ask questions, state expectations, and express concerns about any aspect of the Langley Fine Arts School. School staff will present information about the organization of the program, the expectations of students, the content of the program, special features, etc. We need to discuss each student's needs and interests so you can make a well informed decision as to whether or not Langley Fine Arts School is the best choice for you and your child.
Step Five (for Secondary only)
Portfolio Review/Audition - Students in Grades 9 - 12 complete a portfolio (Visual Arts, Writing) or an audition (Performing Arts). Since our courses are Board/Authority Authorized, there is no equivalent in other schools. Based on the portfolio or audition, our staff can determine each applicant's appropriate grade placement in the Fine Arts.
DOES EARLY APPLICATION ASSURE ACCEPTANCE INTO AN ALTERNATE PROGRAM?
Date and time of application are not the sole factors in determining priority of entry into alternate programs. Other factors that are considered BEFORE date and time of application are:
- Availability of space in the program.
- Students are admitted in the following order:
- In-District Siblings
- Other In-District applicants
- Out-of-District applicants
- Date and time of application are the third determinant of priority.
- Parents will be provided with up-to-date information about their child's position on the application list, but it is important to note that a child's position on the application list is not necessarily identical to the child's position on the selection list, which takes into account factors listed above.
- Acceptance of a child into a program is the decision of the site Principal.