Secondary School Information

All 16 Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) secondary schools welcome students to a rich and diverse secondary school education. Students can anticipate an exciting variety of programs, course options, activities and services designed to meet their learning needs.

To check which secondary school serves your specific geographic area, please visit our school finder. Visit your school’s website to find out details about courses, arts, athletics and other student activities and clubs.

The following provides an overview of the key areas of this section:

Transportation

Secondary students who live 3.2 kilometres or more from their school are eligible for transportation. Students involved in the Fast Forward and English Language Learners (ELL) programs who live 3.5km or more from the nearest school offering the program are eligible for transportation.

Students who choose to participate in Board Designated Specialized Programs at a school outside of their school boundary are responsible for providing their own transportation to the program school.

Read more about Student Transportation.

Entering Grade 9

All secondary schools provide Grade 8 information sessions in December or January to assist students in planning for their transition to Grade 9. All Grade 8 students are welcome to attend, including students registered in other school boards and private schools.

Program offerings

Program Offerings contains information about the specialized programming available at WRDSB secondary schools. Programs such as Co-operative and Specialized Co-operative education, Dual Credit opportunities, eLearning, Fast Forward, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and Board Designated Specialized programs give students other ways to earn credits, re-engage in school, and access education. These programs help expand learning opportunities, foster a life-long appreciation for learning, and lead students to graduate.

Course selection

Course Selection provides information about selecting courses, making course changes and provides a link to the Ontario Ministry of Education Secondary Curriculum.

Assessment of student achievement

Assessment of Student Achievement describes the many ways that student learning is measured, including the provincial report card, tests and results and classroom assessments. Parent-teacher interviews are also discussed in this section.

Student resources and supports

Student Resources and Supports outlines the programs and services to assist students, families and communities in feeling engaged, welcome, included, safe and supported in meeting student learning needs and choices about the future. This section provides information to help students stay in school, graduate and achieve at higher levels.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education provides opportunities for adults to earn a secondary school diploma and refine their skills.