Our Aim

Our aim is to customize students’ education program in order to improve their prospects for post-secondary success. We place strong emphasis on improvement in academic English language, one of the critical skills necessary for success in university and college. In practice, this means that teachers in all subject areas include language goals in their curriculum.

Graduation Requirements

Waterloo Independent Secondary School grants the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) to students who complete 30 credits, including 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits. Students must also complete 40 hours of community involvement activities and must pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. International students receive equivalent credits for courses they successfully completed in their home country.

Ontario Scholar Program

A student at Waterloo Independent Secondary School who obtains an aggregate of at least 480 marks in any combination of six Grade 12 credit courses is eligible to be named an Ontario Scholar. The award is given upon the recommendation of the school principal.

Types Of Courses

Academic Courses

Academic courses draw heavily on theory and abstract examples and problems. In an academic course, students learn the essential concepts of a subject and explore related materials as well. Although knowledge and skill in the subject will be developed through both theory and practical applications, the emphasis is on theory and abstract thinking as a basis for future learning and problem solving.

University Preparation Courses

University preparation courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs. The range of courses offered and the content of these courses allow students to prepare for university programs and related careers. Teaching and learning emphasize theoretical aspects of the course content but also include concrete applications. All university preparation courses are based on rigorous provincial curriculum expectations and emphasize the development of both independent research skills and independent learning skills. Students are also required to demonstrate that they have developed these skills.

University/College Preparation Courses

University/College preparation courses include content that is relevant for both university and college programs. These courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the entrance requirements for specific university and college programs. The range of courses offered and the content of these courses allow students to prepare for college and university programs and related careers. Teaching and learning emphasize both theoretical aspects and related concrete applications of the course content. All University/College preparation courses are based on rigorous provincial curriculum expectations and emphasize the development of both independent research skills and independent learning skills. Students are also required to demonstrate that they have developed these skills.

Fast-Track Program

Waterloo Independent Secondary School’s Fast-Track Program is a Grade 12 pre-university program starting in January of each year and is aimed at qualified students who plan to enter university in September of the same year. Students complete 6 university level courses and complete other requirements. Students complete 5 courses by end of June and 1 course in summer school in July.