Waterloo Region’s Schools Develop Successful Graduates!
The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) welcomes you and your child to our school board. We celebrate the unique contributions of each individual and cultivate an environment that values imagination and innovation. Whether your child is entering kindergarten or secondary school, we have the programs and opportunities to meet your child’s needs, interests and goals.
Register for our Programs as a New Student
We are delighted to welcome your child to Kindergarten! The purpose of Kindergarten is to help build a strong foundation for learning in a safe and caring play-based environment. Kindergarten promotes the social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development of all children. The Kindergarten program is based on the understanding that children develop at their own pace. Children in Kindergarten are provided with a secure, respectful and nurturing environment, where their developmental needs can be supported through varied experiences.
Learn more about our Kindergarten Program!
Elementary School (Grades 1-8)
The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) operates 104 elementary schools in Waterloo Region. Elementary schools provide Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 programs. To check which elementary school serves your specific geographic area, please visit STSWR’s school finder. Visit your school’s website to find out details about the school and their programs and activities. Get more Elementary School Information!
Secondary School (Grades 9-12)
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 STSWR’s school finder. Visit your school’s website to find out details about courses, arts, athletics and other student activities and clubs.
Get more Secondary School Information!
International Student Registration
The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) is one of the larger district school boards in Ontario, serving approximately 63,000 students in the Region of Waterloo. Our schools provide instruction designed to provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for a solid foundation for living and learning in our junior kindergarten to Grade 12 students.We are proud of our staff and their commitment to the learning and development of our students. Many of our staff have been recognized locally, provincially and nationally as the best in their fields.
Our students regularly achieve a wide variety of honours in academics, fine arts and athletics. Our graduates have great success as they pursue further education and rewarding careers.
Beginning in Grade 1, students have access to French language programs through the Core French and French Immersion pathways.At the secondary level, Core French is available to all students while Extended French and French Immersion are available to those students who participated in French Immersion at the elementary level.
You can apply for French Immersion as a WRDSB student in Senior Kindergarten, from out-of-board, or as an out-of-boundary student. Come learn French at the WRDSB! Start the online registration process for French Immersion now!
Update your Skills! Programs for WRDSB Students
Registration for International Languages happens in the spring, or the Saturday the courses start in September if there is sufficient demand to run a course from the spring registration.
Learn more about our International Languages options.
Call 519-885-0800 to register, there may be fees for some programs or adult students.
The Waterloo Region District School Board offer courses in July for students who are in Grade 7 to Grade 12 and for Adults.
Students who are currently attending school must register with their home school guidance counsellor.
Students who are not currently attending school must register in person at the Summer School Office with a transcript from high school.
Learn more about our Summer School options.
Registration for Summer School is with your guidance teacher at your home school, or in person at the Summer School Office with a high school transcript.
Night school provides traditional classroom instruction for Grades 10 and 12. There are two intake sessions, September and February. Classes are on Monday and Thursday evenings and attendance is mandatory. Full Credit Courses are offered at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute (CHCI) in Kitchener.
Learn more about our Night School options.
Registration for Night School is in person at registration events at the beginning of each semester.
Essential Skills Upgrading for Adults
ESU delivers an employment-focused upgrading program that gives adults an opportunity to build the essential skills necessary to engage in the community and the changing world of work. Free upgrading of your reading, writing, math, computer and other skills essential for work, life and learning. We also offer pre-GED upgrading.Get more information about ESU: Essential Skills Upgrading!
Contact ESU to start any time.