What are the requirements to apply to DSBN Academy?

  • Student must be entering Grades 6, 7 or 8 in September.
  • Student would be the first in their family to graduate from a college or university program. If a sibling of the student has attended a post-secondary institution but the parent(s)/guardian(s) have not, the student is still considered a First Generation Student.
  • Student must be achieving current grade level expectations or just below.
  • Student has demonstrated the potential for achieving "good" or "excellent" learning skills, particularly initiative, independent work and responsibility.
  • Student must be willing to attend a school location that may be out of his/her community.
  • Student understands that there is a mandatory after-school program which includes enrichment opportunities and academic supports.
  • Families must understand that it is a single track pathway beginning in grade 9 (Academic Level Only).
  • Families understand that there is a parent engagement requirement of 15 hours each year.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application by the deadline.

Who is a First Generation Student?

  • Student would be the first in their family to graduate from a college or university program. If a sibling of the student has attended a post-secondary institution but the parent(s)/guardian(s) have not, the student is still considered a First Generation Student.

How does DSBN Academy select students for acceptance?

The admissions process for DSBN Academy begins in November and ends in March of each year.

  1. In collaboration with your child, complete each section of the application form according to application guidelines and expectations.
  2. Submit the completed application to the Principal of your child’s current school.
  3. The Principal of your child’s school will forward the application package to DSBN Academy.
  4. The Applicant Review Committee will review the application package to determine eligibility. Please note that a lottery will be used if there are more eligible students than spaces available. Applicants not immediately selected for enrollment to DSBN Academy will be placed on a waiting list and will be considered if spots become available.
  5. Acceptance letters will be mailed to student address no later than March 31.

Why do you have a lottery?

  • Lottery will be used if there are more eligible students than spaces available. Applicants not immediately selected for enrollment to DSBN Academy will be placed on a waiting list and will be considered if spots become available.

If I do not live in Niagara, can my child still apply to DSBN Academy?

  • Transportation to and from DSBN Academy is offered in only offered in the 13 municipalities of the Niagara Region. Applications will not be considered if residence is outside of the Niagara Region.

My child will be entering the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade in September, can he/she still apply?

  • The last point of entry to DSBN Academy is Grade 8 if space is available.

My child is on an IEP; will that affect his/her chances of being accepted to DSBN Academy?

  • All applications of students are considered. Students who are achieving grade level expectations, or just below and meet all of the admission criteria are encouraged to apply.

My child has a sibling attending DSBN Academy, does that guarantee that they will be accepted?

  • Each application is considered on an individual basis. Students with siblings are not guaranteed acceptance to DSBN Academy.

When will I be informed if my child is accepted to DSBN Academy?

  • Acceptance letters will be mailed to student address no later than March 31.

I am not sure how to complete a certain section of the application and/or I have a question that is not answered on the website. How can I receive help?

  • For further inquiries regarding the application process, please contact the school at 905-684-8708.