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 https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca , call 519-745-1201, email stlouis@wcdsb.ca






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:

visit: https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca 

email: stlouis@wcdsb.ca

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: https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/programsandcourses/ssc/ .


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: https://stlouis.wcdsb.ca/. Email stlouis@wcdsb.ca 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.



Culinary Program Gets Festive!

For the past two months, St. Louis’ Culinary Program has been feeding us delicious meals every Wednesday and Thursday in the Urban Spoon.  On Thursday, they end this term with their Festive Menu, a blend of savoury and sweet.  Come support our students and share a meal with your friends at lunch!


If you have always wanted to cook like a professional, DON’T WAIT!  There is space available for the next AMAZING class that starts January 14 !  OH the skills you will learn and meals you will create. Register NOW until December 20 by contacting Jennifer Martin 519-501-1746 . For more information check out the Culinary Arts Program webpage.


Culinary Festive Menu

Correspondence / Self-Study

Correspondence now has year-round services!  On-going registration starts on Sept 10 for a new correspondence course (booklet or online), access tutor support, as well as pick-up and drop-off lessons to be marked. Bring your high school transcript and meet with a guidance counsellor to get started!  Hours of Operation, Monday to Thursday

ESL classes have STARTED!


New Students: Register Monday to Friday mornings. Visit YMCA Language Assessment Centre first.