Application Process

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR ADMISSIONS

The JK lottery is NOW CLOSED!

Families who participated in the JK lottery will be notified by the end of March 2019 if their child got a spot or not. To help our school administration expedite the process of notifying ALL families, we kindly ask that you please DO NOT contact our front office during March. It delays the overall notification process. Please let us contact you instead.

Any late JK applications (i.e. received after Feb. 15th) are automatically put on the waitlist.

Applications for SK-8 are accepted ANYTIME of the school year and are placed in the order they are received on the school waitlist. Delaying your application puts it at risk of receiving a lower placement on the Equinox waitlist because others may apply before you.

JK Admissions Process

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 2019-2020 JK program if your child is turning 4 years old in 2019. JK lottery applications will only be accepted between January – mid February. Any applications received after mid February 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. You may only apply to the JK lottery ONCE per child. If you choose to hold your child back a year, you may not resubmit them a second time for the JK lottery as it is not fair to other families applying.

The JK lottery will occur the first week of March 2019. 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. Please do NOT contact our office, we will contact you. Students offered a placement must complete an Optional Attendance form and have it signed by their home school’s Principal.

JK families placed on the waitlist, please read the next section for more information about the waitlist process.

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 call back at the start of each year between the January 1st to February 15th, 2019 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. No exceptions will be made.

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

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 more than 70 JK’s on the waitlist (those who did not get in during the lottery process). The SK waitlist numbers are approx. 25. The waitlist for Grade 1 is approx. 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 and FREE to anyone residing in Toronto (map).


NEXT OPEN HOUSE
January 2020 | 6-7 pm

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.

We host an Open House ONCE A YEAR. The next Open House is will be in mid January 2020 between 6 pm and 7pm. Don’t be late or you’ll miss an important formal presentation in the school gym.

All are welcome to attend and experience Equinox first-hand, including children. No registration is required to attend the Open House.


APPLICATIONS

Completed application forms can be dropped off at the school, mailed, faxed (416-393-9553) or emailed to equinox@tdsb.on.ca

Application Form (PDF)
FAQ

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

Application F.A.Q.