Niagara Catholic elementary schools hosted its virtual open houses on Wednesday January 27th. If you missed it, please contact the school for more information about how to find out more about Kindergarten at Niagara Catholic.

We hope to answer your registration questions. To learn more, we encourage you to schedule a visit at the Niagara Catholic elementary school in your neighbourhood when it is safe to do so.

Our Elementary Schools

Niagara Catholic has 50 Catholic elementary schools for students in Kindergarten through Grade eight, including the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Centre, which offers elementary students in the Indigenous community and alternative learning site. Niagara Catholic elementary schools offer before and after-school care to children between the ages of four and 12. A list of these schools, the associated child care and the daily and weekly fees is available here. If you require childcare, you must access the Niagara Region’s Online Childcare Registry for licensed child care providers in Niagara.

School Locator

If you are uncertain which school is your child’s home school, please use the Transportation Eligibility section of the Niagara Student Transportation Services website. Simply enter your home address and your child’s grade to find your neighbourhood Catholic elementary school, and to determine whether your child is eligible for transportation.

Dress Code

Students in Niagara Catholic elementary schools are required to comply with the Board’s standardized dress code while at school. Students wear navy blue on the bottom, and navy or white on the top. Items may be purchased at the store of your choice. An example of our Elementary Standarized Dress Code is available here.


Please visit the BusPlanner Web section of the Niagara Student Transportation Services website to determine your child’s eligibility for transportation.

For additional information about student transportation, please review the Niagara Catholic Student Transportation Policy (500.2).

Faith Development

A Catholic education focuses on the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Niagara Catholic is currently in the second year of our three-year Theological Theme, Mass, Mercy, Mission, which is intended to guide students and staff on their faith journeys. Students in Grade 2 receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion. Grade 7 students participate in an annual Faith Festival each May, and Grade 8 students participate in the two-day, one-night Journey Retreat as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Child Care

Niagara Region Children’s Services and the Niagara Catholic District School Board will be conducting a viability study for before and after school care for school age children.

You will receive notification from the board, in the spring, to advise you of the process and timeframe to make application for care. The notification will include the process of application and timelines.

For more child care information please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Children who have been baptized Catholic
  • Children with one or both parents who are Catholic

Niagara Catholic also accepts children of other faiths when space permits.

Catholic students receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion in Grade 2 and Confirmation in Grade 8. During these special years, students work closely with parish priests and the Elementary Chaplaincy Leader associated with their school as they prepare for these very special steps in their journey as Catholics

Niagara Catholic believes in providing special-need students with the opportunity to attend school with their peers. Our fully inclusive classrooms ensure special need students interact with their classmates regularly, while receiving specialized attention from an educational assistant assigned to them.

Parents of children registered to start school in September are usually invited to visit the school near the end of the previous academic year (in May or June), to become familiar with the classroom. Parents also receive an introductory package at the start of the summer so they know how to prepare their children for that all-important first day.

Please visit the BusPlanner Web section of the Niagara Student Transportation Services website to determine your child’s home school and eligibility for transportation.

For additional information about student transportation, please review the Niagara Catholic Student Transportation Policy (500.2).

Catholic education is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario through tax dollars. Parents who wish to enroll their children in before or after-school care must pay an additional fee for service.

All Catholics are entitled and encouraged to support Catholic education. If you are unsure about your current tax support, please contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) at 1.866.296.6722.

Niagara Catholic has an elementary standardized dress code students follow while at school. Items may be purchased at the store of your choice. However, in order to quality for discounts for multiple children, purchases must be made at a Board-designated supplier.

Beyond that, all your child will need is an appropriately sized backpack, a healthy lunch and snacks, a positive attitude and a smile! We’ll supply the rest.

Kindergarten FAQs

Children as young as three years and nine months old may enter school for a full day; provided they turn four years old by the end of the calendar year.

Full-day early learning is not required, but research shows that students who participate in Early Learning have better health and brighter futures.

Kindergarten prepares your child for the formal part of their education. Through play-based learning, children acquire early literacy and numeracy concepts, and also learn important social skills they will carry throughout their lives.

Other than your child’s elementary standardized dress code items, a properly fitting backpack and a healthy lunch and snacks, the only thing your youngster needs to bring to school is a willingness to learn.

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