JK Admissions Process

Junior Kindergarten (JK) admissions are based on a lottery process at Equinox due to limited space available—20 JK spots. Your child must be turning 4 in the calendar year you apply for JK. Please complete BOTH an application for your local home school and Equinox when applying for JK.

The JK lottery is now closed, and will reopen next January.

For those families who are participating in the JK lottery, please note, the lottery will occur in February and is supervised by the TDSB Superintendent, Principal, Office Administration and an Equinox School Council Representative. All families who entered the lottery will be contacted by the end of March to confirm if their child has received a placement or if they are on the waitlist for JK.

Equinox kindly asks that JK lottery applicants do NOT contact the school front office during the month of March. Interruptions during the processing of hundreds of applications slow us down and we want to be able to let families know about placements quickly. We thank you for your kindness and patience.

Students offered a placement must complete an Optional Attendance form and have it signed by their home school’s Principal.

Waitlist Admissions Process

For all other grades you can apply anytime and you will get added to the current waitlist for your child’s grade. The sooner you apply, the closer you are to the front of the waitlist.

Only those applicants who RECONFIRM with our school front office at the start of each new calendar year are moved forward to the next year’s waist list. Please confirm you still want to remain on the upcoming school year waitlist in January.

Please mark your calendar if you think you’ll still be interested in future years. This ensures our waitlists stay current each year. If you miss this important waitlist deadline, you risk losing your spot and being moved to the end of the waitlist. No exceptions will be made.

Placement offers for waitlist students are made in June, the last week of August, and in early September, as openings become available.

The school is closed for July and most of August. It reopens the last week of August. No offers will be made while the school is closed for summer. Equinox contacts only those students who are being offered a spot. TDSB freezes all alternative school’s enrolment after mid-September. If your child has not received a placement offer by mid-September, then they will have to wait until the following school year to see if a spot at Equinox becomes available in their grade.

The waitlist varies from year to year, but just to give you an idea, there are often more than 70 JKs on the waitlist (those who did not get in during the lottery process). The SK waitlist numbers are usually around 25; for Grade 1, around 15. Each grade has its own waitlist, and the waitlist numbers tend to drop as the grades get higher.

Equinox is a Toronto District School Board alternative school and as such is open to anyone residing in Toronto, and is publicly funded, so free to attend.

In an effort to advance equity and inclusion and to ensure our students reflect the diversity of our larger community, our school’s admission process allows for priority entrance for applicants who identify – on their application – as members of marginalized communities.

If language or other barriers make the registration form challenging for you or a parent or guardian you know, please reach out to our school office so we may try to help: equinox@tdsb.on.ca


Completed application forms can be dropped off at the school, mailed, or emailed to equinox@tdsb.on.ca

Application Form (PDF)
Visit our school virtually

Equinox is not able to accommodate individual personal visit requests at this time. We receive a large number of requests to tour and observe the school but due to staff time constraints and also to maintain the integrity of the program and the privacy of our students, we have had to limit the number.

Our Equinox Open House is available to watch online.

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For more information about the school, please click the button below or visit the TDSB site, and look under Equinox: http://www.tdsb.on.ca

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