Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB)

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board is offering a wide variety of education programs to international students. Virtually all programs offered to our day students are available to our international visa students. We are very proud of our reputation for excellence in education and innovation and our community’s reputation as a safe, clean, prosperous and multi-cultural environment to learn and live. As a Faith-based institution, we offer a wide variety of academic and co-curricular programs in our schools with a highly qualified, expert staff and we embrace international students within our school communities.

Our goal is to offer quality, comprehensive, and individualized education plans that meet the needs of our international visa students – education plans that guide them to reach their potential, and that prepare them for both their post-secondary career paths and their role as global citizens. International visa student education plans will be established with a thorough assessment of each student’s academic and English language capacity and will consider both academic and social needs of individual students. Our school system has the capacity to offer programs with full English-Second-Language support, partial English-Second-Language support and total immersion.

In addition to our five Secondary schools, mature students can achieve their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) credits, including English-Second-Language credits at Saint Louis, our Adult Learning Centres. Students that achieve their OSSD through Saint Louis are well prepared to apply to any English-speaking university or college.

Our school board has a formal relationship with post-Secondary institutions, including the University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s University, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Our successful international students have preferred admission status at all these universities and the college.

Our Secondary schools offer the highest quality cooperative education credit courses in Canada and these courses are available to international visa students. Students can explore business or industry careers or take credit courses at the post-Secondary institutes. The result is Secondary school credits toward a Secondary School Diploma and an all-important letter of reference for students that will apply to universities or colleges.


Program Established: 2006

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 55

High schools for international students: 6

Total Students: 40,000

Total International Students: 225

International Students Accepted for Grades: JK-8; 9-12

35 Weber Street West,
PO Box 91116
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
N2G 4G2

Nearest Airport: Pearson International Airport (approx. 45 minute drive)

Entrance Dates: September & February, throughout the year with some restrictions and limitations

Application Deadlines:  through the year; prefer two-three months before admission date 

Application Fee: $300

Full Year Tuition Fee: Secondary $13,900, Elementary $12,000

1 Semester Tuition Fee: One semester – Secondary $6,950 Elementary $6,000

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $150

Homestay Monthly Fee: $850

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $600

Annual Custodianship Fee: $650 and $250 Airport Transfer

All funds are in Canadian dollars

Vic Degutis
Chief Administrative Officer

Email: vic.degutis@wcdsb.ca
Phone: (519) 578-3660 ext: 2324