Admission Information

Registration Process

New Students

Thank you for showing interest in Immaculate Heart of Mary School.   All applicants for nursery to grade 8 need to complete the IHMS Admission Form. A downloadable copy of the Admission form can be found here.   Please submit the completed form by March 1 with the following:

Copy of your child’s birth certificate;

Copy of your child’s Baptismal certificate;

Copy of your child’s most recent  progress report;

Information regarding any special programming your child has been receiving.

Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted to arrange a meeting and school tour with the Principal.

Re-registering Students

Each current school family must complete the IHMS Re-Registration Form yearly for all children attending the school. This form is due back at the end of February; it enables the school to keep all information current and to accept new applicants in a timely manner.

Admission Policy

After October 1 of each year, applications for admission to Immaculate Heart of Mary School will be accepted for the following school year, and admission decisions will be made by April 30.  The admission cut-off date for the current school year will be September 30 of that year.  Parents requesting admission for their children after this date must meet with school administration for consideration of a special late admission.

Admission Criteria and Considerations

Age Qualification

General provincial standards require that children being admitted to kindergarten be 5 years old on or before December 31 of the year they begin kindergarten.

Children being admitted to grade one must be 6 years old on or before December 31 of the year they begin grade one.

Children being admitted to the nursery (sadochok) program must be 4 years old on or before December 31 of the year being in nursery.

Priorities and Conditions

The Immaculate Heart of Mary School reserves the right to accept applicants subject to the following priorities and conditions:

For Siblings and Ukrainian Catholic Students

First priority will be given to siblings of children currently enrolled in the school, and then to the children of practising Ukrainian Catholic families.

For Catholic Students, Who Are Members Of Other Catholic Parishes

Any Catholic children, who are not Ukrainian Catholic, whose families wish to enrol them in the school, shall be considered on an individual basis.

For Non-Catholic Students

Non-Catholic children may be admitted to Immaculate Heart of Mary School after admission is completed of Catholic students. Children from these families will be expected to participate in the entire educational program of the school, including religious and cultural instruction.

For Non-Resident Students

Families of children who hold Canadian Visitor’s Visas and who are admitted to the school will be expected to financially contribute to the school the amount equal to the sum provided by the provincial grant, as well as the costs above the provincial grant.  These families will be required to pay in advance or to provide post-dated cheques to the school to cover these costs.

Available spaces

Class sizes will be determined in the following manner:

Maximum class size for grades is as follows: N is 20, K-3 is 26, 4-8 is 28.  The School retains the right to limit class size to a number below the maximum level.

In the event that all other criteria are met and the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available spaces, the final decision for acceptance into the school shall rest with administration.

Application Process

IHMS Application Forms will given to families expressing an interest in the school. Application Forms are also available on the school web site.

Completed forms are to be returned to the school.

Admission interviews will be arranged based upon the criteria and priorities stated in this policy, above.

Parents of new applicants will be notified of enrolment decisions by April 30.

Non-acceptance of new applicants will be based upon one or more of the following:

The admission criteria and priorities outlined above.

A lack of commitment on the part of the parents to support a Catholic education.

School Funding

The Government of Manitoba provides to public schools a grant for each child enrolled.  Catholic Schools receive half of this amount.  This grant money is intended for instructional services and does not apply to capital costs, such as building maintenance, renovations, and supplies.  IHMS provides the facilities and programs it does based on the following sources of revenue:

The grant from the Government of Manitoba for each child enrolled

Fund raising and donations.

School fees assessment:  registration fees and tuition fees

IHMS offers a Bursary Program to assist families in paying their tuition costs.

Make a Gift

IHMS welcomes all parents, grandparents, alumni and friends to become partners in our commitment over the next 100 years to continue providing the children of our community with a quality education. Consider making a contribution to Immaculate Heart of Mary School that will help us further our programs for future generations.