How to Join DAS

Important Dates/Application Package

Open House (via Zoom) Wednesday, January 13, 2021. 6:00pm-7:00pm
Meeting code: 96374240895
Application Package PDF
Optional Attendance Form PDF
Application Deadline Friday, February 12, 2021. 4:00pm
Notification Date Friday, March 5, 2021.
Confirmation of Acceptance Deadline Friday, March 12, 2021. 4:00pm


Open House

Interested new parents/guardians can attend the DAS Open House. This year's Open House will be held virtually over video conference. At the Open House you will be given a tour of the school, an introduction, and be able to ask questions. 

If you wish to submit a question ahead of time please fill out our survey here.

DAS Open House 2021 meeting code: 96374240895

For more information please see:


How to Apply

To complete the application, you will need to:

  1. Fill out and complete the DAS application package
  2. Also complete the Optional Attendance form. and have your home school for (JK-Grade 6) sign it.
  3. Submit the entire application package via direct mail, in person, e-mail or fax.

All sections of this application must be completed in order to be eligible for the lottery.

Application forms must be received by Friday, February 12th, 2021 by 4:00 PM. They can be mailed or dropped off to the main office at Downtown Alternative School, 85 Lower Jarvis St, Toronto, ON, M5E 1R8. Our fax number is: 416-393-1883. If you are submitting electronically please e-mail: (see About Us for full contact information)  

The Selection Process

If necessary, the selection process will be determined by a lottery. Successful applicants will be notified by email (by phone in cases where there is no email address) no later than March 5, 2021. Written confirmation of acceptance must be received by the school no later than Friday March 12th, 2021, by 4:00pm. For successful applicants, parents will be asked to come to DAS to register their child for the following school year. They will need to bring with them the child’s proof of age, their health card if you have it, and two proofs of address. Please note, a Driver’s license cannot be used for proof of address. Without formal registration, a place cannot be held for the child. For non-successful applicants, there will be an option to go on the waiting list. Students are not normally enrolled mid-year. Each request will be considered individually depending on availability.  

Sibling Entry

If a student is admitted to Downtown Alternative School at Junior Kindergarten (e.g., September 2019), it is possible for his/her sibling to attend the school without going through the lottery procedure.The sibling would have to be entering Junior Kindergarten during the following September (e.g., September 2021). If a student is admitted to Downtown Alternative School at any other grade than (e.g., September), Junior Kindergarten, it is possible for his/her sibling to attend the school, but they must go through the lottery procedure (JK only) or added to the waiting lists (SK to Grade 6). If there is no spot available for entry, the sibling would remain on the waiting list until a spot becomes available.There is no guarantee that an offer of admission will occur the following September (e.g., September 2021).