The 2023 Community Report Card is the first of what will be an annual effort to support transparency. It’s created for the families and caregivers we serve.

Below, you will find a summary of our work. This is guided by the six WRDSB Strategic Directions.

Increase Student Learning through Engagement

  • 85.2% students graduated in five years
  • Increases in Student Achievement rates as shared through EQAO data
  • Participation in programs gaining specialised skills for future pathways:
    • 1,140 students in 2022-23
    • 1,849 students in 2023-24
  • This year launched Understanding Contemporary First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Voices (NBE3)
    • This course is now the compulsory Grade 11 English credit

Centring Students

  • Launched student agency and voice plan
  • Developed a procedure to provide resources that support student-led initiatives
  • Engaged students through student events and messages

Equitable Outcomes and Opportunities

  • 1:1 device access
    • All students provided Chromebooks to use from Grade 9 through Grade 12
  • Access to virtual desktop means technical software can be used outside of school for certain classes
  • More than 10% of WRDSB have had accessibility upgrades
    • For example, the installation of barrier free washrooms and elevators
  • WRDSB is one of Southwestern Ontario’s largest licensed childcare providers
    • We serve 4,156 children at more than 69 directly operated sites

Strengthening Connections through Family and Community Engagement

  • Launched community roundtables for various identities
    • Includes, but was not limited to, ethnic and religious communities
  • Developed and launched a Community Engagement Charter
  • Hosted a Listening Forum series and shared the feedback with families and the public

Collaboration and Compassion for Transformation

  • Partnership to find equitable transportation options for high school students with:
    • Region of Waterloo
    • City of Kitchener
    • Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR)
  • Partnership with SMART Waterloo
    • Has launched pilots that have directly impacted:
      • Ten schools
      • 500+ hundred children and youth
  • Partner with the City of Kitchener for Grade seven students to come up with solutions to address housing crisis

Support for Student and Staff Well-Being

  • Provision of social-psychological counseling for staff affected by traumatic events
  • First Student Wellness Conference hosting more than 100 secondary students
  • 21 community partnerships to support student mental health and well-being