Who can apply to attend DSBN Academy?

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

Please review the following checklist before completing this application:

  • Student must be entering grade 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 a 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 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. 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. Applied courses are not available.
  • Families agree to the parent engagement requirement. For more information about parent engagement, please visit our website: http://academy.dsbn.org/

What is the admission process?

Step 1: Complete each section of the application.
Step 2: The Principal of the student's school will forward the application package to DSBN Academy.
Step 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 than spaces available. Applicants not immediately selected for the program may be placed on a waiting list and will be considered if space becomes available.
Step 4: Acceptance letters will be mailed to student address no later than March 31.

Section 1: Applicant Information

First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Date of Birth
Current Address
Home Phone
Current School (If attending Virtual School, please select student’s home school)
Current Principal

Section 2: Parent-Guardian Information

To be completed by parent(s) or guardian currently living with student applicant.

Student Applicant currently lives with (i.e., parent, guardian):

Parent / Guardian 1

Relation to Student
Work Phone
Cell Phone
Address (if different from the applicant)
Education Level

Parent / Guardian 2

Relation to Student
Work Phone
Cell Phone
Address (if different from the applicant)
Education Level

Section 3: Student Response

Students are asked to answer in the space provided. Write your answers in complete sentences. Please provide examples to explain your answers to help us get to know you.

Question 1: Who or what inspires you to excel and be the best that you can be? Explain who you consider to be a good role model.
Question 2: Explain how you learn best as a student.
Question 3: Based on what you know about DSBN Academy, why do you want to attend?

Section 4: Parent / Guardian Response

Question 1: Explain the reasons why you would like your child to attend DSBN Academy.
Question 2: Parents/guardians are an important part of a student’s academic success; this program requires that parents/guardians demonstrate 15 hours of engagement each school year. What can you do to contribute to the academic success of your child at the DSBN Academy?

Section 5: Conditions/Terms

To be completed by Parent/Guardian and Student

I certify that all the information in this application is accurate.