Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School Admissions Policy
Jackman ICS is committed to diversity in all forms. Three principles underlie ongoing efforts to build a unique learning community and create diverse, gender-balanced, equitable classrooms with broad-based populations representing cultural, economic, and social diversity: Jackman ICS aims to represent Toronto's diversity, including its aboriginal and multi-ethnic dimensions. Jackman ICS strives for economic diversity by providing limited needs-based financial support. Jackman ICS classrooms are gender-balanced, with 10 girls and 10 boys entering in Nursery School.
Preference will be given to siblings of currently enroled children, candidates who have completed the Jackman ICS Bloorview Integrated Kindergarten JK/SK Program, and children of Jackman ICS employees. There is no preferred status for children of the University of Toronto employees beyond Jackman ICS, or for children of Laboratory School alumni. The Admissions Committee, chaired by the Principal, reviews the admissions policy annually.
Admissions to the Nursery School
The Nursery School, the only year for admitting a full class of new students, has spaces for 10 girls and 10 boys. Jackman ICS approaches applications in chronological order, bearing in mind the considerations for diversity, siblings, staff children, and the need for classes to be balanced for age and gender for both research and pedagogical reasons. An Open House/Information Evening is held in January/February for families near the top of the waiting list. For those attending the Open House who are interested in continuing the admissions process, a subsequent interview allows parents and children to visit the laboratory school during the Nursery morning, to ask questions and to meet the teachers. Admission offers are made by letter immediately following completion of this process.
Admissions in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6
Spaces in JK to Grade 6 classes occasionally open when a child leaves the school. These spaces are filled following Jackman ICS policies and diversity principles, and according to the best interests of the child and the class, bearing in mind diversity, siblings, Bloorview applicants, and balance.
Application forms are available online on the sidebar to the left. Admissions questions may be directed to Nancy Boudreau at 416-934-4517.