Application Process


The JK lottery is now CLOSED. All JK spots have been filled.

Any JK to grade 8 student applications received by Equinox will be placed on our waitlist. Children must be turning a minimum 4 years old the year they apply to Equinox to be added to our waitlist. Admission offers for SK to Grade 8 will be made between June to mid-September. Only those students who have been accepted will be contacted by the front office.

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 2019-2020 JK program if your child is turning 4 years old in 2019. JK applications will only be accepted between January 2019 to 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.

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. 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 waitlist. 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 for a current application form or download it here. Completed applications for the 2018-2019 school year waitlist can be dropped off, mailed, faxed to 416-393-9553, or emailed back to the office.

Download Application Form (PDF)

The JK application lottery deadline is mid-February, any applications sent in after the deadline will be placed at the back of the waitlist.

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 mid-February 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 JK’s on the 2017 waitlist (those who did not get in during the lottery process). The 2017 SK waitlist numbers were at 25. The waitlist for Grade 1 in September 2017 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 host an Open House only ONCE A YEAR in mid-January. 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:

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