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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    1851


     

    Enrolment

     

    200

     

    670


     

    Grades

     

    7 to 12

     

    5 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Liberal Arts


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    12 to 16

     

    18 to 19


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

     

    $15,950 to $16,150


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $22,550

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    20%

     

    18%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    7 to 12

     

    5 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $10,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    33

     

    84


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    33%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 04, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 9


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

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    User reviews

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    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    "I know I am prepared to face future challenges due to a strong educational background, priceless lessons in character and virtue, and the strength of a caring and loving community."
    Adam Abdulhamid - Student   (Feb 21, 2019)
    My experience at De La Salle College has been life-changing, and I am extremely thankful to have had...
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    "We found the teaching staff to be very accessible to discuss progress or problems at any point through the school year."
    Jerry Nolfi - Parent   (Feb 28, 2019)
    We wholeheartedly feel that the traditional academic teaching style, the extracurricular involvement...
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    " For the teachers, I have found many quite memorable and created an excitement to learn, they helped me when I needed it and congratulated me when I succeeded."
    Mikayla Lorini - Student   (Mar 08, 2021)
    I learned that Del will challenge you. Nonetheless, it was a great experience that I do not regret. ...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Waterloo, perhaps it goes without saying, has truly come into its own, with a proliferation of companies in the tech sector and a wealth of infrastructure servicing it. Waterloo Independent is a sign of that boom, having been established concurrent with it, and happily benefiting from all the resources the city offers, particularly—this also goes without saying—the University of Waterloo, which literally sits next door. Many schools intend to offer students an experience in line with that they’ll have when they move on to post-secondary studies, though WISS is particularly well situated in that regard. The academic program is rigorous, with the international student population adding depth and breadth to the overall student experience.  Course offerings include AP options, and the focus is very much on addressing the needs of university-bound students, granting them all the skills, knowledge, attributes and postures necessary for success in post-secondary life.

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    De La Salle College is a Lasallian school, part of an association of schools in more than 80 countries worldwide. The schools are affiliated with a Roman Catholic teaching order founded by Saint Jean-Baptist de La Salle in France in 1679. Canonized in 1900, La Salle was later proclaimed by the Vatican as the patron saint of teachers. So, in all, the College has quite a pedigree. It is committed to a Catholic Education, and religious observance is a daily component of student life. The academic program is rigorous, and augmented by an equally rigorous dedication to the development of ethical leadership, self-confidence, and social responsibility. The ideal student is one intending to advance to university.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    • University preparation focus
    • Performance-based programs
    • Individual study path planning
    • Personalized guidance
    • Co-curricular programs
    • Laptop school and modern facility

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

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    Description

    Description

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Waterloo Independent SS sits beside the world-renowned University of Waterloo which many of our graduates attend. Our goal is to ensure that students are well-prepared for post-secondary studies. Academics are emphasized and high standards are set. Courses are designed to arouse curiosity in students using projects as a window into the real world. - University preparation focus - Performance-based programs - Individual study path planning - Personalized guidance - Co-curricular programs - Laptop school and modern facility

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    De La Salle College "Oaklands" is an independent, Roman Catholic, co-educational day school, founded on the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle. As a university preparatory school offering a variety of Advanced Placement programs, De La Salle delivers an enriched liberal arts curriculum for students from Grades 5 to 12. The school's motto: "Enter to learn. Leave to serve," emphasizes the importance of helping students develop leadership skills, self-confidence and a sense of social responsibility.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    Message

    At Waterloo Independent Secondary School, we understand the challenges that students face, in particular students who are new to Canada. Parents choose to send their children to Waterloo Independent Secondary School with the expectation that they will be admitted to a Canadian university of their choice and that they will graduate successfully. Parents entrust their children to us and place all their hopes in us for their children’s future. Our obligation is to earn the trust of both students and their parents. Our mission is to support students in making decisions that will help them reach their goals.

    We have great expectations for all of our students. We want them to show enthusiasm for learning English well. We work hard to foster a spirit of independence in them because we know how important it is for their success in university and college. We want them to develop in character so that they are well prepared when they leave school and go into the workplace. WISS encourages students to be diligent in their school work, to persevere through difficult times, and to do their best.

    With the guidance of teachers and school administration, our students will reach their port of dreams. It is with great pride that we watch our graduates go off to university. Our confidence in their success comes knowing that they have had excellent teachers and strong guidance along the way.

    On behalf of the entire De La Salle community, I would like to thank you for including De La Salle College “Oaklands” in your search for an independent school and I want to welcome you to a school community whose commitment to academic excellence, while providing a balanced approach to learning has served many students over its 160 year history.  De La Salle continues to expose students to a breadth and depth of curriculum that ensures students are not only prepared for university, but for life.  De La Salle College “Oaklands” is not defined by its buildings or its beautiful thirteen acre property, but rather, it is defined by the people that are a part of this community.  The Brothers, alumni, parents, students, support staff and teachers have built this school into one that is rich in tradition and entrenched in its mission.  In short, this school has positively affected the lives of many and continues today to leave an indelible mark on its graduates.

    The school is vibrant: its commitment to Catholic Education; its participation in athletic activities and school functions; and its obligation to servicing the needs of the poor shape and define this wonderful school.  The College instills Gospel values and exercises a preferential option for the poor through its religion and community service programmes. It allows our students to experience the benefit of a rigorous academic environment while providing extra-curricular activities and programmes that build lifelong camaraderies and friendships. Our programming is diverse and meets recognized standards of excellence, while creating and sustaining respectful human relationships within the school community.  In other words, the school fosters an experience that is truly Lasallian.   Moreover, the school’s 160 year history has been enriched by its people who are part of this great institution.  Students, parents, and teachers, both past and present, have an appreciation of what it means to be part of this institution.  Whether you are a grade five student or an alumnus or a parent you understand that De La Salle teaches the value of moral integrity.

    Come and visit De La Salle College. I am confident you will experience what many already know, De La Salle College is a selfless and committed community of learners.

    I look forward to meeting you.

    Live Jesus in our hearts.

     

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    De La Salle College

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Waterloo Independent Secondary School

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    De La Salle College

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    • Top Private Schools in Debating (Fulford and Pro-Con)
    • Gold-medal winning Wind Ensemble (Heritage Festival)
    • For more highlights of our extra-curricular programs, please visit delasalle.ca/student-life/del-news
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    0%

     

    33%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Dec 04, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 9


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 9


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 6


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    Yes: grades 9 - 12

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    At WISS, we welcome students who have goals for the post-secondary education and are resilient with their study. We believe students who have goals and never give up, after a lot of help from our teachers and staff, they all have potential to achieve!

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    De La Salle College strives for a diverse student population and hopes to attract young men and women with excellent academic skills; interest in a variety of co-curricular experiences; and the potential to contribute to the school community with a positive attitude.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    WATERLOO INDEPENDENT SECONDARY SCHOOL

    Application/Registration:
    1. Please fill the application form online: www.waterlooss.ca/apply.
    2. Please send your child’s current school academic information (i.e. credit
    summary or report cards).
    3.Make Payment (Check/Draft/EMT)

    OSR Transfer :
    If you are from an Ontario School, WISS will send you the Ontario Student
    Record (OSR) Transfer Form to sign and will request the transfer of your OSR.

    If you have any questions, please contact our office at [email protected]

    DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

    For information on How-to-Apply to De La Salle College, please follow this link: https://www.delasalle.ca/admissions/how-to-apply




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