English as a Second Language

This program is for students who have recently arrived in Ontario schools from countries where the usual means of communication is a language other than English. The program helps students develop the proficiency in English required for success in the secondary school education program. Students English language proficiency and math skills are individually assessed at the ELL Welcome Centre. The Welcome Centre is located at 325 Louisa Street West, Kitchener Ontario. Secondary schools must refer newcomer families directly to the ELL Welcome Centre.

Additional information on the English as a Second Language program is available by contacting a senior elementary school guidance counsellor, the guidance department at any secondary school, or the Waterloo Region District School Board Education Centre, 519-570-0003×4466.

On registration, parents/guardians must also complete the FS-09-ESL form.