Publicly funded elementary and secondary schools are administered by district school boards, the oldest form of publicly elected government in Ontario. Working within the framework of the Education Act and its regulations, district school boards adapt provincial education policy to local situations. They must also provide and maintain within their jurisdiction adequate teaching and support staff and appropriate facilities.
In Ontario, all permanent residents between the ages of 6 and 16 must attend school. Most students continue to attend after the required period, to receive a graduation diploma in their twelfth year of school.
The Ontario Ministry of Education allows schools to grant students credits for their successful studies outside the province.
Elementary schools provide Kindergarten programs (for children aged 4 and 5) and programs for Grades 1 through 8.
Elementary school placement for our Waterloo Region International Student Programs is limited to school availability. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will make every attempt to find a school close to where the student will be living in the Waterloo Region.
Secondary schools offer programs from Grade 9 through to Grade 12. To receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, students need to complete at least thirty (30) credits in secondary school (one credit is normally one course). Students planning to attend university can include the required six university/college preparation courses in their senior level of studies in order to meet university entrance requirements. More information on graduation requirements can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Education’s web site under High School Diploma Requirements.
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will try to accommodate
the student's preference for placement, provided that the
requested school has space and an appropriate program. The
Waterloo Catholic District School Board reserves the right
to make the final decision regarding the student’s placement.
Should a student decide not to indicate any school preferences,
the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will place the
student in the most appropriate school.
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board will make every attempt to find a school close to where the student will be living in the Waterloo Region.
While studying with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB), students must maintain full-time student status by studying at least three WCDSB timetable courses each semester. Students cannot take a course outside of WCDSB to obtain a credit unless:
Many subjects are available in Waterloo Catholic District secondary schools including:
Universities/colleges will look for evidence of successful
studies in the major field in which the student applies. All
English-language universities in Canada require high levels
of proficiency in English. In choosing a program, students
should have in mind their educational plan