Summer School is Sizzling!

Going to summer school doesn’t sound cool.

That’s because it’s not.

It’s sizzling!


At St. Louis Adult and Continuing Education, we don’t slow down for the summer.  In fact, we are seeing remarkable attendance for summer programs this year!

What’s happening this Summer?

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board and St. Louis oversee 10 summer programs held in July and August.  Programs are offered at all 5 Catholic High schools, 3 Catholic Elementary schools and 2 St. Louis campuses at the heart of the downtown Kitchener community.  “We haven’t seen such large overall numbers of registrants and participants for Summer School since 2008. Credit Day classes, International Languages, ESL and HeadStart registrations have reached new heights. E-learning credit classes have skyrocketed. Summer Boost is back. And the new credit class, “Bridge to Success” for new Grade 9 students has tripled from last year.”, says St. Louis Principal, Paul Cox.

The WCDSB is thankful to have strong leaders and talented instructional staff. They are willing to make summer learning for children and adults relevant and supportive, helping them toward a successful learning journey.   Children’s programs offer fun summer learning experiences to be better students overall. Some youth and adult students rely on having the summer to complete their high school diploma or meet a condition of acceptance into post-secondary.  Some high school students want to free up their timetable for a heavy Fall term by taking an E-learning or summer co-op.  Refugees from the past couple of years are relying on taking ESL and Citizenship preparation classes as a critical next step toward their continued status in Canada.

Can You Still Register?

Registration is closed for all children’s and secondary school credit-bearing programs.

However, registration is ongoing for Summer English Language (Aug 8) and Citizenship Preparation classes (July 26).  Visit 77 Young Street for ESL registration, mornings only.

See you next Fall!

Whether you are attending summer school, sending your kids to camp, picking up a long overdue hobby or working through a summer reading list, know that at St. Louis, we believe that all of us crave “life-long learning”, inside and outside of the classroom.

Wishing everyone a safe and educational summer!  See you August 26 and 27 to register for St. Louis September programs!

Visit July 12 for details.



Register NOW for Summer or September classes

The ESL office will be open the following hours at St. Mary’s only until August 8th:

8:15 AM – 12:15 PM Mon – Fri (not open July 1st or 2nd)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM June 25, 26, July 2, 3, 8, 10.

Check the St. Louis website for September class registration hours and locations at the end of August.

Looking for sustainable work in the service industry?

Last chance to register in June for Certificate Programs that start September.  Spend 6 months in-class with intensive hands-on training, earn 6-8 elective credits, apply this learning during a 2-month work placement, find guaranteed work for successful students.


What are you waiting for?

The remaining intake or registration times for St. Louis’ three school-to-work programs starting in September are:  


Personal Support Worker Training

Monday, June 3, 9:00am

at 80 Young Street, Kitchener (for either Kitchener or Cambridge programs)

Tuesday, June 11, 6:00pm

at 42 Elliott St., Cambridge (PeopleCare, Hilltop Manor) (for either Kitchener or Cambridge programs)

Hairstyling/ Barber Training

Friday, June 7, 9:00am

at 80 Young Street, Kitchener (Kitchener program)


Culinary Arts Training

Wednesday, June 12, 9:00am

at 80 Young Street, Kitchener (Kitchener program)

We’ve got SKILLS… training!

During the first week of May, we expect students to line up to register for our three skills training programs – Culinary Arts, Hairstyling / Barber and Personal Support Worker training programs. If you are looking for a quality, affordable and job-ready skills training option to earn one of these certificates, St. Louis can support you toward reaching this goal.


Each program has less than 6 months of in-class learning, which includes extensive hands-on learning, plus industry experience at an affordable $1300 for materials fees.  Tuition is covered by the Ministry of Education, as secondary school credits are embedded into the industry-relevant training.


Employment success is remarkable, after completing these certificate programs. Culinary Arts has an 80% employment rate, and often at the food service venue of their choosing. Hairstyling has an 85% employment rate with every student successfully passing exemption exams, so they can begin their apprenticeship sooner. And St. Louis PSW has an astounding 98% employment rate with numerous employers actively hiring students to begin immediately after their placements are finished.  PSW students write their exams and already have their letters of permission to begin work that same day.


Are you ready to make a career change!

May Intake / Registration dates for a September 2019 Start


Culinary Arts:

  • Friday, May 3, 2019 , 9:00am (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)

Hairstyling / Barbering:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6:00pm (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)

Personal Support Worker:

  • Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:00am (Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St.)
  • Monday, May 13, 2019, 9:00am (Hilltop Manor, 42 Elliott St. Cambridge)


For more information: visit , call 519-745-1201, email






Follow the Beacon of Hope


Budding trees and flowers, birds chirping, newborn babies, and other small creatures welcoming a world filled with obstacles; these are all symbols of hope.


When a lighthouse light shines, reminding you to keep going on your journey or guiding you to shore for safety, that light is a Beacon of Hope.  The Beacon of Hope Award was established in 2015 by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for all students attending our Secondary Schools, including St. Louis. A suitable recipient will represent integrity, hard work, consistent efforts, Catholic values, and may not get recognized with the traditional academic / athletic / student spirit awards.


There are few things about St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres that make us “traditional”, and that is likely because we have  over 13, 000 students attending our schools’ campuses and satellite locations, representing all ages, faiths, backgrounds and walks of life.  What makes St. Louis students diverse and unique is also what binds St. Louis to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, the Beacon of Hope Award and its intentions. Because of this uniqueness, the Beacon of Hope Award ceremony is so meaningful to our school community.


On Thursday, April 18, 2019, we have honoured 3 recipients who embody the quiet resilience of the human spirit, optimism and compassion toward others, and the deep meaning that by shedding light, they hold onto hope for a better life and bring inspiration to others. Their powerful stories of struggle and perseverance were shared and this incredible honour was bestowed on them by Loretta Notten, Director of Education and Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.


Let us celebrate St. Louis’ 2019 Beacon Of Hope recipients:

Asmaa Ghazi Jameel

Mohamed Amin Bin Nurul 

Allan Martin


Every year that we celebrate the Beacon of Hope Award ceremony together, we walk away reflecting on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board’s vision of being at the at the Heart of the Community, bringing Success for Each, and a Place for All. Staff and students at St. Louis strive to model this vision and our own school motto: Hope, Opportunity and Success for All! — a perfectly blended picture of who we are as an organization, within the whole.


An extra special thanks goes to our Chef teacher and St. Louis Culinary students for making this breakfast ceremony so special.

It’s Official! We are BACK IN CAMBRIDGE!

For over 30 years, St. Louis has offered a variety of credit courses and supportive programs in Cambridge.  Are we REALLY BACK? Some say we never left.  Many say they felt the absence of secondary school day classes in Cambridge these past 3 years. 


We are thrilled to announce that we have forged a partnership with the Region of Waterloo Employment Income Support and Community Services, St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres to re-introduce Secondary School Credit Day Classes in Cambridge! We feel so welcomed by the staff at 150 Main, Cambridge to bring this option back and we want you TELL EVERYBODY!



If you or someone you know is looking for secondary school credits or to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, they have the immediate opportunity to register over the next 3 weeks (April 15 -May 2).  First class is May 6, and we will offer our first teacher-directed Learning Strategies credit class back in Cambridge,  every weekday morning (8:45-11:45), 5 days a week until June 26 .  Core curriculum courses (e.g. Math and English) will be offered in September or they can start NOW with numerous Correspondence options to choose from.  Correspondence is self-directed learning, however onsite teacher support will be available in the Region of Waterloo Employment Resource Area computer lab.  This lab will give students a quiet study space and they can access tutor support by certified teachers, four afternoons a week

Please tell your friends, support your clients or challenge yourself to meet their goals:

  • to complete high school credits,
  • achieve an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or
  • pursue their plans for post-secondary prerequisites

We will do everything we can to support. Simply, take the following steps:

Step 1: Get your transcript from the last high school you attended or contact St. Louis is you are a former student

Step 2: Come to 150 Main Street, Cambridge, Monday to Thursday, 10am – 2pm with your transcript and photo ID – No student fees required in Cambridge.

Step 3: Develop an Education Plan with a St. Louis Guidance Counsellor (there are 6 ways to earn a secondary school credit through St. Louis!)

Step 4: Come back to school – May 6th



If you or someone you are supporting is still unsure or feels insecure in their abilities, please refer them to St. Louis Core Essentials 519-745-1201 or Project Read 519-570-3054 who will provide assessments, motivation and non-credit support to pursue this journey back in the classroom.

So what else does St. Louis continue to offer in Cambridge?

For Adults:

  • Core Essentials, literacy and basic skills (behind St. Benedict CSS)
  • ESL classes, day and evening (behind St. Benedict CSS)
  • Personal Support Worker training (Hilltop Manor)
  • Dual Credit (in partnership with Conestoga College)
  • Credits@Work (at the student’s place of employment)
  • Online credit courses (on any computer with internet connection)
  • Portuguese language credit class on Monday night (at St. Benedict CSS)

For Youth and Children:

  • Portuguese language credit class on Monday night (at St. Benedict CSS)
  • Polish, Portuguese & Spanish International Languages – Elementary (Holy Spirit Catholic Elementary)
  • Saturday Skills Builder for Grade 7 & 8 (at St. Benedict CSS)
  • Summer Expedition for Gr 6, 7 & 8 (at St. Benedict CSS)
  • Get a HeadStart to Gr. 9 (at St. Benedict CSS and Monsignor Doyle CSS)
  • Homework Clubs (at several Catholic Elementary Schools + St. Benedict and Mons. Doyle)

For details:



phone: 519-745-1201

What’s Keeping You From Finishing?

What’s keeping you from finishing your high school diploma?


Not enough time?

Going back with teenagers?

Something else?


We have the answers to all your questions about finishing your high school diploma and achieving your goals fast!  Finishing your high school diploma. It’s easier, faster and more within reach than you probably think. We understand. The idea of finishing your high school diploma in your final year of Grade 12 or as an adult of any age can be stressful.  For some adults, it’s a fear of going back to school with a younger crowd.  For others, it’s a cost consideration.  Maybe you don’t think you have time — that the sacrifice is too hard.


At St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, we’ve made it easy for you to take the next steps toward your successful future, with flexible options that suit your life timetable. You can take courses or earn credits at our Main Campus, at home, at work or online. Credits can be taken during the day, night or even in the summer.  Ask us how to tailor your journey today or explore your website: .


If you’re an Ontario resident over the age of 18, tuition is free when finishing your high school diploma.  That’s right. You can achieve your high school diploma without tuition costs.   Some materials fees do apply, yet still highly affordable.

It’s FAIRgetmyhighschooldiploma

Credits toward finishing your high school diploma can be applied for previous learning or experience you may already have.  This means that finishing your high school diploma may be closer than you imagine.  This is especially important for new Canadians who have previous academic and life experience prior to arriving in Canada.

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is the preferred accreditation for employers, as a minimum standard.  It’s what they look for when considering job applications and in today’s online application process, it’s an important tick box that must be truthfully answered.


Don’t let ANYTHING hold you back from taking the next easy step toward achieving your goals.




St. Louis is one of 60 locations in the Province to serve you and we are proud to serve Waterloo Region for over 30 years!


Still not sure if you are ready?  Visit getmyhighschooldiploma interactive microsite for more information.

Or go directly to the St. Louis at 80 Young Street, Kitchener. Explore our website: Email with your questions. Call to speak with someone in Guidance at 519-745-1201.

St. Louis Hairstyling Program – Volumizing Our Numbers

Next Intake/ Registration session for Hairstyling/ Barber Training:

Tuesday, February 5 at 9:00 am


Another term is ending for high school students, many of whom are doing their victory lap to improve some grades and are working to afford college or university.  We also have St. Louis students finishing Term 3 at the end of February. Why not register for St. Louis Hairstyling and Barber Training that begins March 25, 2019?


Many of those students are working in retail and hospitality jobs, gaining customer service skills that would be transferable in any career.  So if you are looking  to kick-start a professional career — a trade you will always have in your back pocket.


Check out the St. Louis Hairstyling and Barber Training details



Family Literacy Day this Sunday

Join the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and St. Louis Adult Learning Centres for

Family Literacy Day at Conestoga Mall this Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 10am – 5pm.

We will be among 20 different organizations who will sing, play, read and write with young families on Family Literacy Day.  For an added bonus, we invite all of you to take part in helping us break a record —  Most number of people to read in the same 10 minute period — 11:30am-11:40am.



2019 – A Year of Belonging

Special Christmas Message from the Director of Education


Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” – Matthew 1:23


As we prepare to go our separate ways, we anticipate all the moments which so characterize this season and which make us feel more in relationship with those we love.  As we journey to Bethlehem, I offer thanks for the year we have had, and in particular, for opening months of our 2018-19 school year.  There is so much that makes the various people who make up our board unique, and yet we are all held together by one remarkable thread – our support and advocacy for the children and schools we serve, and our faith which guides us.


As Director I have a privileged position to see a wide breadth of the goodness that happens in our board.  Consistently I am amazed by the gestures large and small that make such a difference to so many.  Whether it be through a thoughtful act for just one child in a challenging spot, to a school-wide charitable event, to dedication to extra-curriculars or support of our fellow colleagues.  You live out our vision, acting as the hands, feet and heart of Jesus in our various WCDSB communities.


A true highlight of the past year was our grounding in the new pastoral letter Renewing the Promise which has become a foundational cornerstone for our work in Catholic education, and specifically here at WCDSB.  As I reflected upon that I took pride in how strongly we reflect “a community that builds relationships”.  There are those we know who are suffering due to loss or personal circumstance, but we find ways to hold these people “in the palm of our hand”.  We create moments for families, empower children and youth, find the face of Jesus in those we serve and we make a difference.  Many will know a happy Christmas because of your efforts.


In the New Year, we will transition from our current Pastoral Plan and Year of Faith to our new Pastoral Plan and The Year of Belonging.  The journey of the cross, which has been exemplified by the Pilgrimage Cross these past 14 months, begins with the nativity and now we slow our pace to remember the greatest gift ever given.  The promise of new hope and all that is possible.  We are called to belong to a community that forms joyful disciples – called to bear witness to the Good News.


So as we embark on this time with family and friends, let us not forget the reason for this season. Inundated with visits to make, gifts to wrap, parking spots to be had, decorations to perfect, dishes to prepare, then wash, and credit card balances that often leave an imbalance in our own lives, let us do our best to remember the hope, peace, joy and love that the season is really all about.


We are a system with a difference and as we hasten toward the manger, let us quiet our hearts and open our minds to the joy that is Christmas, to the simple pleasures that delight and to the miracles of the season.  If we do so, perhaps we will be fortunate to return in 2019 with a renewed spirit, called to our vocation of service and faith formation.


May we look to forward to 2019 with anticipation and hope.  May it bring a year of health, happiness, wisdom and peace.   On behalf of the senior team, may each of you encounter the love of the Christ Child now and throughout the coming year.




Loretta Notten
Director of Education