Secondary Magnet ESL & ELD Programs

The ESL and ELD Magnet programs are for newcomer students who are Multilingual Language Learners (MLLs) learning English in Grades 9-12. The programs raise students’ skill development in English language and mathematics to support their progress in high school.

Students in the ESL (English as a Second Language) program have had age appropriate education in their home language(s).

Students in the ELD (English Literacy Development) program have had limited or interrupted educational opportunities in their home language(s).

Students are recommended for the ESL or ELD magnet programs by their Grade 8 school staff, or through an assessment at the WRDSB Welcome Centre for Newcomers before school registration. Secondary schools will refer newcomer families directly to the Welcome Centre. 


Secondary ESL/ELD Magnet Program Schools:

Eastwood Collegiate Institute (ECI)   front view of Eastwood Collegiate Institute with flag and school sign
Forest Heights Collegiate Institute (FHCI)  Front view of Forest Heights with school sign
Galt Collegiate Institute (GCI)  Front view of Galt Collegiate Institute, showing the older original section of the school
Waterloo Collegiate Institute (WCI) front of Waterloo Collegiate Institute, showing the main entrance


MLL Parent/Guardian Magnet Information Slidedeck 

This slidedeck was created to support students and their caregivers who have been recommended for, or are considering an ESL/ELD Magnet Program for Grade 9. It is available in many languages.

Grade 8 to 9 ESL/ELD Magnet Program Information Slide Deck with people saying "hello" in many langauges


Please click on the links below to view the Magnet Program slide deck in your home language:

Albanian  shqiptare

Amharic   አማርኛ

Arabic عربي

Cebuano Cebuano

Chinese Simplified  简体中文

Chinese Traditional 繁體中文


Farsi (Persian)    فارسی  

Hindi  हिन्दी

Indonesian  bahasa Indonesia

Japanese  日本

Korean 한국인

Lao ພາສາລາວ

Malay Melayu

Nepali   नेपाली

Oromo  Afaan Oromoo

Pashto  پښتو

Portuguese Português

Somali  Soomaali

Swahili  kiswahili

Spanish   Español 

Turkish    Türk

Tigrinya       ትግርንያ

Tamil  تامیل

Ukrainian  український

Urdu  اردو

Vietnamese   Tiếng Việt


Find Your Closest ESL/ELD Magnet Program School

Watch the “Finding a WRDSB ESL/ELD Magnet Program” video to help you find your closest magnet school using the STSWR website.  Here is a descriptive transcript of the “Finding a WRDSB ESL/ELD Magnet Program” video

Will My Student Ride The Bus?

Watch this video on how to find out if your child can ride the bus to their ESL/ELD Magnet Program using the STSWR website. Here is a descriptive transcript of the “How To Find out If I Can Ride the School Bus to My WRDSB School” video

Parents and/or caregivers and students who have already registered in WRDSB elementary schools can find out more information about our secondary magnet ESL/ELD programs by contacting their school’s Multilingual Language Learner (MLL) Teacher or Guidance Teacher. Secondary school students who have not yet registered at a high school should contact the WRDSB Welcome Centre.

For information on Special Education for Multilingual Learners, please see the Special Education for Multilingual Language Learners webpage.