Getting Settled

Public School Boards

Guelph and the region are served by three school boards.
The Upper Grand District School Board offers a full range of educational programs including a unique Early Learning initiative in the primary grades, full kindergarten-to-graduation French Immersion, English as a Second Language and many co-operative and career education opportunities. Special education programs provide a complete range of services from integration to self-contained environments tailored to meet individual needs. Alternative education and adult and continuing education programs serve the wider community.

The Wellington Catholic District School Board offers a comprehensive program of studies for students from Junior Kindergarten to High School Graduation. Our Junior Kindergarten classes provide systemic foundational programs that prepare our youngest students for the important primary grades. Our elementary schools are vibrant learning communities that serve students from Jk to Grade 8. Graduates from our elementary schools attend one of three fully composite high schools located in the City of Guelph. Enrolment in these secondary schools averages about 1000 students providing an intimate learning experience for all students. We offer an integrated Special Education program that meets the needs of students with learning exceptionalities. We are a faith based system educating students for life.

The Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud offers French First language education for students with parents who had elementary and secondary education in French. The CSDCCS has an enrolment of 12,000 students in 38 elementary schools and eight secondary schools, located over 40,000 square kilometres, from the Niagara Peninsula to Peterborough and from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. École Saint-René-Goupil is located in Guelph at 221 promenade Scottsdale, Tel: (519) 821-7542. École Saint-René-Goupil offers full-time Junior-Kindergarten and Kindergarten to Grade 7. The daycare "Garderie L’Arc-en-ciel", located on site, offers childcare services from 18 months - 12 years old (519) 824-3675.

The success of the Conseil scolaire de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest depends on the commitment, dedication and quality of work of its teachers, managers, administrative and support staff, and non-teaching professionals, as well as the important contribution made by parents, and volunteers, and, of course, its students. The educational vision of the CSDCSO is based on the principles of inclusion, respect and personal development.
The CSDCSO firmly believes in the future of its youth. Given that our students are in the minority in a primarily English-speaking environment, where the rate of assimilation of Francophones is almost 66%, it is important and indeed essential that they be immersed in the French-language and culture from a very young age. For this reason, the CSDCSO provides full-time junior and senior kindergarten programs and daycare centers in its schools, in addition to being a partner in the Best Start initiative. We also subscribe to the principles of the Ministry of Education’s Politique d'aménagement linguistique (PAL) and we strive to create a completely French-speaking milieu in our schools.



A number of private school options are also available:

Crestwicke Christian Academy CCA, located in Guelph, serves over 300 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school's mission is to minister to families by providing a nurturing educational environment that stresses academic excellence and Christ-centred values.

The Montessori School of Wellington was founded in 1996 and is located at 68 Suffolk Street West, in a beautiful residential area of Guelph. Our School is set in a warm family style environment where the children receive an authentic Montessori Education.  Our spacious classrooms are fully equipped with Montessori materials.   The Montessori School of Wellington is CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators) accredited.The CCMA is the only organization in Canada that actually inspects Montessori schools to ensure that they are offering authentic Montessori education.  The Montessori School of Wellington offers a unique, challenging, and nurturing learning experience for children where their development unfolds naturally. Each child grows socially, intellectually and ethically in an environment characterized by freedom and respect.

Guelph Community Christian School is an an independent, interdenominational Christian school serving students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Our mission is to nurture, educate and inspire students in Christ-centered learning and serving. Our enriched curriculum meets or exceeds all provincial requirements. GCCS has regularly been voted the region's top independent school in the Guelph Mercury Readers Choice Awards. In addition to regular academic programs GCCS offers the Arrowsmith Program for students with cognitive learning challenges. For more information please contact us by email at, or by telephone at 519-824-8860.

St. John's Kilmarnock School, located about 15 minutes from the University, is the region's leading independent school, offering an enriched university-preparatory program from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. The program is based on the prescribed Ontario curriculum, and in the Lower School the curriculum of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. The School has a full co-curricular program of athletics and the arts, and is accredited by the Canadian Educational Standards Institute.

Scholars' Hall, the only nondenominational private school in the Waterloo Region is a family based school preparing students from grades 1 to 12 for post-secondary success. Scholars' Hall is the only private school in the Waterloo region to offer credits at all levels of difficulty and to limit class size to a maximum of fifteen students. Daily transportation from Guelph is available to Scholars' Hall in Kitchener.

St. Jude's School helps bright, learning disabled students to achieve their full learning potential and to be academically successful in their home schools. St Jude's provides classes of a maximum of 6 to 8 students from grades 1 to 10 and a variety of Clubs i.e. Full Day, Half Day, One2One, ExtraHelp, HomeWork. St Jude's is the only school in the Waterloo Region on a tri-semester year schedule - Sept to Dec; Jan to April; and May to August. Daily Transportation from Guelph and Cambridge is available to St. Jude's in Waterloo. Contact St. Jude's at 519-888-0807.

Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, located in Kitchener, offers a program of study for students in grades 6 through 12. Founded in 1945, it is a Christian educational community within the Anabaptist/Mennonite faith tradition, providing opportunities for integrating academic learning with growth in character, faith and service to God. Total enrolment is 430 students (with 10% from outside Canada). Over 85% of graduates go on to post-secondary education. A full slate of athletics and arts opportunities is offered, along with international exchanges to China, France and Germany each year.

Wellington Hall Academy, At Wellington Hall we design personalized educational programs for your students in order to develop community leaders, creative thinkers, and strong learners, all while adhering to highly structured academic standards.Wellington Hall believes in a multidisciplinary approach to educating our students. No one child learns the same, so our teachers have a flexible approach that harnesses the creative and leadership potential within our students. Our project based education style encourages students to develop their inquisitive natures, allowing our students to not only perceive their worlds in a new light but also address how their world interacts with others. Our Academic program pushes our students to achieve levels that they never thought were possible, we teach our students on how to understand a basic approach to concepts and then apply that approach in new and insightful ways. We instruct more than just academics at WHA, we instruct new ways of thinking, by mandating student participation in our performance art programs, our students discover unfound musical, movement, and speaking talents.
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Phone: 519-823-2278

Woodland Christian High School is an interdenominational Christian secondary school with 200 students, located 10 minutes west of Guelph, just north of Highway 7. The school serves families in the Guelph, Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo areas, and provides bus transportation from those communities to the school. Inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education, its graduates earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The vast majority of graduates have entered colleges and universities in Ontario and elsewhere, where they have been very successful. The school program is focussed on excellent academics, athletics, and a wide range of co-curricular opportunities with the goal of developing responsible Christian citizenship in its students. For further information please visit the school's website or call 519-648-2114.

Community College

One of the Ontario government's Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, Conestoga College offers three and two year diplomas and one year certificates in more than sixty career-related, skills-oriented programs. Conestoga has a reputation for academic excellence and is considered one of the leading colleges in Ontario and Canada. Its programs in Engineering Technology, Business and Business Administration, Information Technology, Communication and Media, Health Sciences, Community Services and the skilled trades are well recognized and graduates are in demand by local and international companies.

Continuing education

The University's Office of Open Learning offers a wide range of face-to-face and e-Learning continuing education opportunities including non-degree courses, workshops, and certificate programs for professional development and personal enrichment. Degree credit courses are also offered through distance education. Continuing education programs are also available through the regional school board and Conestoga College.

Interest & Leisure

A variety of interest courses and workshops are available through the continuing education Course Guide and Conestoga College.