Graduation Rates


Operational Goal: Overall Implementation Status
Within three years we will increase our five-year graduation
rates by 5 per cent through the implementation of an
evidence-based K-12 strategy


Implementing our Strategies

Lead Strategies Status
Learning Services
and Schools
Implement a new strategy to re-engage at-risk students
through the introduction of re-engagement of teachers
Learning Services
and Schools
Provide professional learning opportunities to administrators
on effective strategies for tracking students’ progress
towards graduation
Learning Services
and Schools
Revise and implement student success strategy
Learning Services
and Schools
Increase the type of supports available for parents/families/
caregivers of at-risk students
Business Services Assess school configurations and revisit policy and procedure
regarding school organizations to minimize student transitions
between schools
Human Resource
Review as part of the staffing process (September reorganization,
semesters 1 and 2) staff allocation required to best meet the needs
of our most at-risk school communities and students identified
as being at-risk of not graduating
Corporate Services Create channels of communication to share positive student
re-engagement stories to serve as an inspiration to students, staff
and parents/families/caregivers


Measuring our Progress

Graduation Rates

These two graphs show the rates of four and five year graduates from the Waterloo Region District School Board compared to the provincial rate from 2009 to 2012.

This graphic illustrates the Ministry of Education’s formula for determining the graduation rate for school boards. The graphic relays that 81% of students who start Grade 9 in the WRDSB graduate in 4 or 5 years, and that overall there is an 83% graduation rate from the board.

Deployment/Redeployment of Staff

To meet student and school community needs in the 2016-17 school year additional staff were deployed during changeover periods that occur at the midpoint and end of semesters. This aids in ensuring students receive adequate support in the classroom to foster success, which leads to positive outcomes in the long term.

The equivalent of 27 classes (sections) were deployed in our secondary schools. Eleven sections (or 1.83 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff) were deployed in Semester 1, and 16 sections (2.67 FTE staff) were deployed in Semester 2.

In our elementary schools there were 38.08 FTE teaching staff deployed, along with 24 FTE designated early childhood educators.