Our Mission: To serve our students through excellence in Catholic education
Our Vision: Inspired by Christ. Learning together. Serving together.
The objective of the London District Catholic School Board is to develop in our students a love of God, people and self, an appreciation of prayer and a moral foundation to assist them as they journey through life. Catholic schools provide a complete academic program in an environment that integrates learning, religious instruction, Gospel values, and spiritual formation into all aspects of the curriculum. The schools have strong links to parishes.
The administrative, teaching and support staff are dedicated to teaching learners in a student-centered educational community. This philosophy nurtures values, skills and the ability to learn based on each student’s potential and is directly linked to well defined and measurable outcomes.
The District Served
The London District Catholic school system has 45 elementary and 9 secondary schools providing a full range of education experiences from Junior Kindergarten (Full-Day Kindergarten in many schools) through to the completion of secondary school. In addition, Continuing Education for adult learners is available. 18,000 students in the counties of Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin, including the cities of London, St. Thomas and Woodstock are educated in this school system.
Special Features of the School System
Early French immersion is available at Holy Family French Immersion School (JK-Grade 8) in Woodstock and in London at St. John and St. Anthony Catholic Elementary Schools. In addition, a secondary school immersion program is available at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School.
Artistically and musically inclined students can attend grades 5-8 at St. Mary Choir and Orchestra School, which offers a concentrated music and arts program. Students with special needs are welcomed and provided for in our school communities.
Special education programs and services are available in the system. A groundbreaking ‘Early Identification Project’ identifies students who may require additional support in their early years in order to achieve success. English as a second language programs are also available.
Special emphasis is placed on programs for those who plan to go directly to the workforce. This includes programs like Aviation Technology, Communication Technology and the Construction Technology Work Experience Program.
Catholic Central High School offers an International Baccalaureate Program, and is one of only 76 schools in Canada approved to offer the prestigious program. All schools are equipped with audiovisual, computer and library resources that reflect today’s high-tech society and need for information.
Lifelong Learning Centres, located in London, provide adult learners with opportunities to pursue further studies in academic credit courses. English as a second language, heritage language, computer studies upgrades, and the adult basic education. Learning iss a lifelong process.
Through the Religious Education and Family Life Program, a wholesome attitude toward life and learning is cultivated whereby values are derived from the rich traditions of the Catholic faith based on the teachings of Christ.
School Board Trustees and system employees serve on many municipal, charitable, social and institutional committees thus linking education more directly with the broader community. The Board’s Catholicity Advisory Committee, the Communications Advisory Committee and the District School Council, all with direct access to the Board of Trustees, have community representation.
Local Catholic School Councils are an integral part of the system whereby parents, teachers and members of the school community become involved in the education of students. As part of the decision making process, they bring their wisdom, knowledge and insight to the school.
The Catholic Church, through its many parishes, plays a significant role in connecting local schools with all parishioners thus strengthening the belief that the home, the school and the Church share equal responsibility for the education of the child.
The Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m during the school year. The public is welcome to attend.
Community Use of Schools
Many facilities are available outside of school hours. Permits are required. Please contact your local Catholic school for further information.
Transportation is provided in areas established throughout the school system.
Admissions and Assessment
Elementary students may be admitted if the student is baptized Roman Catholic and one or both parents are Roman Catholic; the student is baptized Roman Catholic, parent/guardian is not and part/guardian ackowledges the desire for their student to grow in the Catholic faith and values; or one parent/guardian is Roman Catholic, student is not baptized Roman Catholic and the parent/guardian agrees that the student will participate in the Religion and Family Life program as well as school-based religious activities and celebrations. Secondary students of all faiths are accepted on the criteria that the primary motivation is to obtain a Catholic education and to participate in the Religion and Family Life program, as well as school-based religious activities and celebrations. All students are required to attend the school in their designated school area (Policy J 2.1). For further information contact 519-663-2088.
Superintendents' offices are located at the Catholic Education Centre. They can be reached by calling 519-663-2088.
For names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for all current Trustees, please visit the Board page.