Why should you consider attending a WCDSB School?

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The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has a tradition of excellence in education that dates back to 1836. The school system is comprised of 25,000 students and 2,500 staff in 5 Secondary Schools (Grades 9-12), 48 Elementary Schools (Kindergarten-Grade 8), and two Adult & Alternative Education Centres.

The Waterloo Region, located in Canada’s Technology Triangle and 100 km from Toronto, is a Canadian hub of post-Secondary education with 14 excellent universities and colleges within a 90 minute radius—University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s University, Wilfred Laurier University, Conestoga College Institute of Technology, University of Guelph, University of Western Ontario, Mc Master University, York University, University of Toronto, Brock University, Fanshaw College, Senneca College, Humber College, George Brown College.

• Waterloo Region includes 500,000 people in three major communities—Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.

• In 2005, Waterloo Region has been recognized as one of the top two leaders of economic growth in Canada.

Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada as a great education opportunity:

• Since the Waterloo Region is one of the top four destinations of choice for new immigrants in Canada and one of the top two destinations of landed immigrants who bring their families to Canada from abroad, Waterloo Region Catholic Schools are well experienced at helping new Canadians and Visa students successfully learn English as a Second or as a Foreign Language.

• Waterloo Region is a safe and inclusive community that welcomes all cultures and nationalities.

• Our experience offering service to visitors and new Canadians from around the world results in the development of excellent teaching staff and comprehensive curriculum in both English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language.
• Our standards-based curriculum is aligned with the Ontario Ministry of Education policy in all subject areas including English language acquisition.

• In recent PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) study results (www.pisa.gc.ca/pisa), the average performance of Canadian students was above those in all 31 countries who participated. Canada is among a select group of countries that scored near the top in all 3 domains—Reading, Mathematics and Science.


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