Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB)

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is one of the larger school boards in Ontario. We serve approximately 63,000 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Our Board has 120 schools in the Region of Waterloo. We provide instruction to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for a solid foundation for living and learning.

Our students regularly achieve honours in academics, fine arts and athletics. Waterloo Region is home to 2 universities, a college, and 2 leading research centres. The Region provides a safe place for students to study with options for post-secondary schooling. Our Board has a good relationship with local post-secondary schools and many of our graduates successfully move on to further education and rewarding careers. 

To learn more about our schools, the programs we offer and the unique student experiences we support, please visit the WRDSB International Admissions website.

Program Details:

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Summer School, International Languages

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 120

High schools for international students: 16

High schools providing English as a Second Language (ESL) support: 4

Total Students: 63,000

International Students Accepted for Grades: JK-12

Our 120 schools are located throughout Waterloo Region; view the locations of our schools

ESL is offered at all of our Elementary schools and at the following secondary schools:

  • Waterloo Collegiate Institute (Waterloo)
  • Forest Heights Collegiate Institute (Kitchener)
  • Eastwood Collegiate Institute (Kitchener)
  • Galt Collegiate Institute (Cambridge)

Our Administration building is located at 51 Ardelt Ave, Kitchener, Ontario, N2C 2R5

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


  • Please refer to our fee schedule
    • Note, all funds are in Canadian dollars

Application Deadlines for 2017-18

  • For a September start date, the application deadline is June 16
  • For a February start date, the application deadline is October 31

School Start Dates:

  • Our school year starts the first week of September and ends on June 30
  • Second Semester for Secondary schools begins the first week of February

International Student Admissions Office

51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario

Visit our website

Email: international@wrdsb.on.ca