Who can apply to attend DSBN Academy?

DSBN Academy offers a grade 6 to 12 program designed to prepare and successfully transition student to post-secondary school, with a focus on students who will be the first in their families to graduate from a college or university.  Eligible students across Niagara may apply to DSBN Academy.

Please review the following list of requirements before completing this application:

  • Student will be entering Grades 6, 7 or 8 in September. (Note: spaces are very limited in grades 7 and 8).
  • Student would be the first in their family to graduate from college or university. (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 will be willing to attend a school location that may be out of his/her community.  Transportation will be provided for these students.
  • Student understands that there is a mandatory after-school program that enhances the student experience beyond the classroom.  These include enrichment opportunities and academic supports.
  • Family is aware that only grade 9 academic courses will be offered.  Secondary School Applied courses are not available.
  • DSBN Academy Secondary programming is designed to prepare students for College and University.

What is the admission process?

  1. Parent/Guardian completes online application.
  2. The student's homeroom teacher and Principal of the student's school, completes a section of the application and forwards the package to DSBN Academy.
  3. The Application Review Committee will review the application package to determine eligibility. Please note that a lottery will be utilized if there are more eligible students that spaces available. Applicants not immediately selected for the program may be placed on a waiting list list and will be considered if spaces become available.
  4. Acceptance letters will be mailed to students' address no later than March 31st.