Board Profile – QUICKfacts

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board – the corporate body overseeing Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools – protects and promotes a tradition of education excellence first begun in a one-room schoolhouse 1836. Today, we’re the eighth-largest Catholic school system in Ontario:

  • 44 elementary schools (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 plus St. Isidore Virtual Learning School)
  • 5 secondary schools (Grade 9 to Grade 12)
  • 5 adult and continuing education campuses
  • 2.5 million sq. ft. of floor space in schools — on almost 400 acres of land
  • 40,000 elementary, secondary and adult/continuing education students
  • Students from 109 countries – speaking more than 100 languages
  • 3,500 full & part-time staff
  • 96,000 Catholic ratepayers
  • 27% of area students attend Catholic schools
  • 18% of residential taxpayers support Catholic schools
  • 30% of local schools are Catholic schools
  • $325+ million annual budget
  • $6 million raised for charity since 1998

Our Mission…

“As disciples of Christ, we educate and nurture hope in all learners to realize their full potential to transform God’s world.”

Our Vision:

Our Catholic Schools: heart of the community — success for each, a place for all.”

Our Guiding Principles…

Our spirituality is the foundation for our seven guiding

Holism; Life-long Learning; Equity; Collaboration;
Excellence & Accountability; Reflection; Reconciliation.


A Brief History of Waterloo Region’s Catholic Schools