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)
  • 5 secondary schools (Grade 9 to Grade 12)
  • 4 adult and continuing education campuses
  • 2.5 million sq. ft. of floor space in schools — on more than 400 acres of land
  • 40,000 elementary, secondary and adult/continuing education students
  • Students from 114 countries – speaking more than 70 languages
  • 3,500 full & part-time staff
  • 96,000 Catholic ratepayers
  • 27% of area students attend Catholic schools
  • 22% of residential taxpayers support Catholic schools
  • 30% of local schools are Catholic schools
  • $245 million annual budget
  • $4.5 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