The Niagara Catholic District School Board is currently on summer hours.
The Catholic Education Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is closed Fridays.
Our annual Summer Shutdown will take place from July 26 – August 12. We will have a limited social media presence during this time, as we unplug to spend time with family and friends. We will not be checking emails or Facebook messages during this time, and will reply to messages when the Catholic Education Centre re-opens August 13.
Elementary school offices are now closed. If you have questions about your child’s secondary school report card during the first week of July, please contact the school, visit the school website or check their social media posts – they have been active in sharing with students their report card pick-up times.
If you have questions about your child’s summer school programming, please contact Continuing Education for assistance before the end of July.
If you are interested in joining our Niagara Catholic family for elementary or secondary school, or for continuing education programming this September, please find information about Niagara Catholic here. Students are expected to attend their home school – the school that is designated for their community. If you are unsure which school is your home school, please check the School Eligibility Link, which will confirm the home school and if your child is eligible for transportation.
Online registration is available throughout the summer for all parents and guardians of children who have been baptized in the Catholic church. Please complete the pre-registration form, and complete the registration in-school when the offices open on August 26. Parents who wish to register non-Catholic students at one of our Catholic elementary schools are invited to visit the school in person with their registration request. All of our Catholic secondary schools are open to non-Catholic students who are interested in everything a Catholic education has to offer.
As always, if you have any questions about Niagara Catholic while our office is open throughout the summer, please call the Catholic Education Centre and we will assist you. One small note: the Catholic Education Centre is undergoing a much-needed repair, and access to the office will come through the side door for members of the public.
The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)
The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.
Polices Recommended for Approval
During the October 8 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees recommended three policies be sent to the Board for approval.
Employee Workplace Harassment Policy (201.7), Emergency Instructors Elementary Policy (New) and Catholic Leadership: Supervisory Officer and Controller of Facilities Services Policy (new) will be considered at the October 22 Board Meeting.
Niagara Catholic’s Four-Year Graduation Rate Second in the Province for 2018-2019
Niagara Catholic once again has the second-highest four-year graduation rate among all English-language school boards in Ontario, with 91.4 percent. Niagara Catholic ranked fourth in Ontario for the five-year graduation rate, with 93.0 percent. This is for the cohort of students who entered Grade 9 in 2016.
The Ministry of Education began sharing graduation rates across the province in 2017. This is the third year in a row that Niagara Catholic has had such an outstanding graduation rate, a testament to the many innovative programs and services we have in place to engage students, and the hard work and commitment to our students, staff and families. Read the complete report in Section C3 of the October 8 Committee of the Whole Agenda.
Niagara Catholic Continues to Exceed Provincial Average in EQAO Assessments
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the Board and provincial results of primary and junior assessments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, as well as the Grade 9 Mathematics assessment and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) written by Grade 10 students in 2018-2019.
Niagara Catholic students in Grades 3 and 6 continue to exceed the provincial average of students who achieved level three or above on the reading and writing assessments, but fell just below the provincial averages for the primary and junior mathematics assessment averages.
Grade 9 academic students met the provincial average for the provincial mathematics assessment, while students in the applied program fell slightly short of the provincial average. Niagara Catholic’s Grade 10 students met the provincial average of the number of students who successfully completed the OSSLT. Read the media release, which includes graphics showing all scores, here.
Big changes are coming to our website in the next few weeks! Be sure to check it out in late October to get all of the most current news and events from our schools. Of course you can always find these things on our social media channels, so make sure you like uson Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, for updates and breaking news. It’s the best way to stay in the know.
The Niagara Catholic District School Board, through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witnesses of Christ.