Apply to Equinox Holistic Alternative School
Equinox is a Toronto District School Board alternative school and as such is open and FREE to anyone residing in Toronto (map).
Junior Kindergarten (JK) admissions are based on a lottery process at our school due to limited space available—20 JK spots. You may apply for the upcoming 2018-2019 JK program if your child is turning 4 years old in 2018. JK applications will only be accepted between January 2018 to February 16, 2018. Any applications received after February 16, 2018 will automatically be placed on the JK waitlist, no exceptions allowed. If you are applying for JK, please complete BOTH an application for your local home school and Equinox.
The JK lottery will occur the first week of March 2018. 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 wait list for JK. Students offered a placement must complete an Optional Attendance form and have it signed by their home school’s Principal.
If any JK student turns down their spot between March to mid-September, it will be given to the first student on the wait list. After mid-September, TDSB freezes all alternative/optional school enrolment. Unfortunately, no more students may be accepted at Equinox after mid-September even if a current student decides to leave our program. TDSB policy mandates that spot remains empty the rest of the school year until the following school year. 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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a current application form or download it here. Completed applications for the 2018-2019 school year can be dropped off, mailed, faxed to 416-393-9553, or emailed back to the office.
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 call back at the start of each year between January and the February 16, 2018 deadline are moved forward to the next year’s waitlist. Please mark your calendar if you think you’ll still be interested in future years. This ensures our waitlists stay current. If you miss this important waitlist deadline, you risk loosing your spot and being moved to the end of the waitlist.
Placement offers for SK to Grade 8 waitlist students are between June and mid-September. 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 more than 70 JKs on the waitlist last year (those who did not get in during the lottery process). The SK waitlist numbers were at 25. The waitlist for Grade 1 in September was 19. Each grade has its own waitlist, and the waitlist numbers tend to drop as the grades get higher.
Equinox is not able to accommodate 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. We will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 6 pm in the school gym. All are welcome to attend and experience Equinox first-hand. No registration is required to attend the Open House.
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