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 46 elementary and 8 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.
The Board office is located in the City of London, a city of more than 360,000 people, in the heart of Southwestern Ontario. It is home to one of the country’s leading universities, the University of Western Ontario, and its affiliated Colleges, King’s, Brescia, Huron and Elborn and the Althouse Faculty of Education. It is also home to Fanshawe College and a world-class medical community.
St. Thomas is home to some of this country’s finest manufacturers including Ford’s renowned “Crown Victoria” auto plant, Sterling Trucks, Magna Corporation and Canadian Timken.
Woodstock is known as the ‘Dairy Capital of Canada’ and is a thriving city in Oxford County. Strathroy Caradoc located in Middlesex is now the fastest growing community in that county.
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 second and 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
An English-language Roman Catholic board supporter means a Roman Catholic who is registered as an English-language Roman Catholic board supporter. A Roman Catholic includes a member of an Eastern Rite Catholic Church that is in union with the See of Rome (Education Act, S. 1). A Roman Catholic baptismal certificate is required to register at a Catholic elementary school (Policy J 1.1-R). 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 responsible for Finance, Program, Student Services, Information Technology and Secondary Schools 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 Boardroom page on this site. Should you require additional information we invite you to call our administrative office at 519-663-2088 or contact your parish priest or the school closest to where you live.