Welcome to the WISS family!
You belong to a school that is devoted to helping you achieve your goals. At WISS, you will develop the skills you need to succeed at school, in University, and in life.
Make the most of your time here. Students that have gone on to their universities of choice have been consistent hard-workers in class, enthusiastic participants in clubs and school events, and kind, respectful members of our school family.
You will always find support from the staff, teachers and administration here at WISS. Don’t be afraid to ask for help as often as you need it. Our expertise and interests are significant and we care about helping our students reach their potential.
High school is an important time. You build the skills and character that will go with you for the rest of your life. Here at WISS, we have high expectations of our students because we believe you can achieve your goals and we are here to support you.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun! Your classmates can become lifelong friends. You can have life changing experiences. You can discover new and exciting interests.
We are so happy you are here. Have a wonderful school year of 2022/2023!
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.