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.
News & Events
Monday 18th April - Easter Special (Classes will run 50 minute periods)
Friday 22nd April - Fun Day Friday - Pattern Day
Saturday 23rd April - WISS and WISS Academy Open House Day!
At WISS, we know that a good teacher makes all the difference to student learning. We seek out teachers who influence students through their engagement and curiosity. Our teaching staff are qualified and experienced in their field. WISS teachers challenge and support students throughout their high school education.
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AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS PER CLASS
MEMBERS IN OUR ALUMNI
FOCUSED ON UNIVERSITY PREPARATION
PERFORMANCE-BASED BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS
INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAMMING AND PERSONALIZED GUIDANCE
EXTENSIVE CO-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
Waterloo Independent Secondary School challenges students to stretch their minds and go beyond academics to become responsible, independent, and community-oriented.
WISS graduates are well-prepared, open-minded, and eager to learn. Our graduates have become community leaders, successful in businesses, and contribute fully in a variety of enterprises.
Students are the centre of our attention and our dedicated teachers work continuously to seek out fresh and exciting opportunities for them.
A parent recently said: "The teachers make WISS so much more welcoming. They are kind, and they really want your child to succeed. But they also want to challenge them. It's a great aspect of a school!"
Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our students say:
University of Waterloo
I was fortunate to have chosen Waterloo Independent Secondary School, I succeeded in becoming a double-degree student the at the University of Waterloo. My GPA at University was quite good and stable, which I attribute to the education and cultivation of the teachers at WISS.
Grade 11 Student
The courses at Waterloo Independent Secondary School are well set to match the direction of each student’s university curriculum. I transferred from another school last year and I have found all the courses here are helpful to me. WISS is ideal for international students who are new or already in Canada.
Rotman School of Business
Time has flown by so fast! I graduated from Waterloo Independent Secondary School two years ago. It was a time of fulfilment and happiness with my teachers at WISS. Now I am studying at one of the top business schools in Canada. My high school study has laid a solid foundation for me.
What Sets Us Apart
Waterloo Independent Secondary School 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.
CARE. GUIDE. LEAD.
As educators, we at Waterloo Independent Secondary School share a deep commitment to the success of every student, and, as professionals, we work to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex society.