Parents camp at Montreal school to snag coveted kindergarten spot

Some determined Montreal parents lined up for more than 24 hours starting Sunday, hoping to snag a coveted kindergarten spot at Royal Vale School in the city's Notre-Dame-de-Grace neighbourhood.

See Full Article

According to parents waiting in line, the queue began to form before 6 a.m. on Sunday, in anticipation of the 8 a.m. start of sign-ups on Monday morning.

Parents pitched tents and brought food and hot chocolate for the lengthy wait.

"I saw two people lingering from my window and I figured it's time to get moving around 6 a.m.," David Fostoajian told CTV Montreal from his spot in line.

According to its website, Royal Vale is a "240 status" school, which means it can accept students from all areas of the city. It offers classes from kindergarten to Grade 11, and specializes in math and sciences.

However, the prestigious school only has three kindergarten classes and a limited number of spaces availble.

Principal Nathalie Lacroix-Mailette said she understands why parents would be so eager to register their children at Royal Vale. However, she said there are no plans to increase the number or capacity of its kindergarten classes.

"It's a great school at the elementary level," she said. "For … families that have children in elementary, they do benefit from great facilities, for example a double gym, great programs, music programs."

And for some parents, those benefits are worth a wait in the cold.

"It's crazy. It sounds ludicrous," Alison Aylward said. "But lacking a better system and it being a fantastic school (I'll wait.)"

Once registered, parents of prospective new kindergarten students are required to fill out an application form and obtain a certificate of eligibility.

After that, the children will be scheduled for an assessment in mid-March, and the school will decide whether to accept the child or not.

Students who were unable to register on Monday will be added to a wait list.

With files from CTV Montreal



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Native Americans hope Trump's 'America first' helps first Americans

    World News CTV News
    BOSTON -- Native Americans hope President Donald Trump doesn't forget America's first inhabitants as he promises to put "America first." Tribes have been reaching out to the Republican administration since it took office last month, saying they're ready to help it meet its campaign promises of improving the economy and creating more jobs for Americans. Source
  • UN Syria envoy seeks momentum in upcoming Geneva talks

    World News CTV News
    MUNICH -- The U.N. envoy for Syria says he's hoping upcoming peace talks in Geneva produce new momentum and that much depends upon the position the U.S. decides to take. Staffan de Mistura said Sunday "the big question mark is where is the U.S. Source
  • Israeli leader lauds 'new day' in relations with Trump's U.S.

    World News CTV News
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool) Source
  • Identifying poison the hardest part in North Korean assassination

    World News CTV News
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours. It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling cloak-and-dagger spy novel. Source
  • 2 suspects charged in Toronto apartment building explosion

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Two people are facing charges in connection with an explosion in a west end Toronto highrise apartment building. Police say two tenants suffered minor burns when the blast blew out the doors and windows of a 19th floor unit late Saturday afternoon. Source
  • Thousands of police seek Buddhist monk at Thai temple

    World News CTV News
    PATHUM THANI, Thailand -- Police in Thailand who spent three days in an orderly but unsuccessful search of a vast Buddhist temple for a prominent monk accused of financial wrongdoing kept up the pressure Sunday, sending fresh forces to confront devotees and monks at the compound's gates. Source
  • Blast in Somalia kills at least 20 in Mogadishu marketplace

    World News CTV News
    MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A car bomb blast at a marketplace Somalia's capital has killed at least 20 people and injured 50 others, said a local Somali official. The blast by a car bomb parked near a restaurant went off at a busy time when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market, said district commissioner Ahmed Abdulle. Source
  • London mayor: 'Cruel' Trump should be denied state visit

    World News CTV News
    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, speaks on stage at the MTV headquarters in north London, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, to announce that the 2017 MTV European Music Awards are to be held in London. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) Source
  • John McCain warns against muzzling free press: 'That's how dictators get started'

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. John McCain says a free press is vital "to preserve democracy as we know it." And he cautions about efforts to muzzle a free press, saying "that's how dictators get started. Source
  • Suicide bomb in market in Somalia capital kills 18, wounds 25

    World News CBC News
    A blast from a suicide car bomb ripped through a market in Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 18 people and wounding at least 25, a local official said, days after the country elected a new president. Source