Waterloo Collegiate Institute

Waterloo Collegiate Institute (also known as WCI) is a public high school in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Waterloo Collegiate Institute
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Waterloo Collegiate Institute front view
300 Hazel Street

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Coordinates43°28′45″N 80°31′48″W / 43.4792°N 80.5300°W / 43.4792; -80.5300Coordinates: 43°28′45″N 80°31′48″W / 43.4792°N 80.5300°W / 43.4792; -80.5300
School typePublic
School boardWaterloo Region District School Board
PrincipalSiobhan Watters
Enrollment1 339 (November 2017)
Colour(s)Red, Blue, White
Team nameVikings


Waterloo Collegiate Institute is a high school in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It normally has around 1500 students, with an average class size of around 30. It has magnet programs including English as a Second Language (E.S.L.), Extended French, Geography and Strings instruments. On June 4, 2010, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary.[1]


Leadership: Homeroom Representatives (Student Council, Athletic and Charity Reps), Student Council Executive (ABCD), Junior Leadership, Arts Council, Viking Band Association

Performing Arts: Coffee Houses, Concept, Multicultural Show, Arts Festival, Special Education Film Festival, Annual Viking Film Festival, and WCI Idol.

Publications: TheFjord (online newspaper), Saga (yearbook), Literary Magazine, Writers' Guild

Music: Junior Bands and Orchestras, Senior Bands and Orchestras, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Spirit Band, Jazz Choir, Concert Choir, Music nights, and Martisor.

Clubs: Math Club, Debating Team, Science Club, Chess Club, Spirit Club, Federal-Provincial Conference Simulation, Trivia Club, Media Club, Unity in Diversity, DECA, Japanese Animation Club, The Classics Club, Ignite Christian Fellowship, Computer Science Club, Engineering Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Cow Club, the Writers Guild, and History Club.

Special Events: Dances, Assemblies, Grade 9 Party, Graduation Auction, Spirit Days, Sports Nights, Movie Nights, Spirit of Waterloo, Valentine's Formal, Charity and Food Drives, Charity Golf Tournament, Semi-formal, and Dance-a-thon.


Fall SportsEdit

  • Boys Soccer (Junior)
  • Boys Football (Junior and Senior)
  • Girls Field Hockey (Varsity)
  • Girls Basketball (Junior and Senior)
  • Boys/Girls Tennis (Senior)
  • Boys/Girls Cross-Country Running (Open)
  • Boys Volleyball (Junior and Senior)

Winter SportsEdit

  • Boys Basketball (Junior)
  • Boys Hockey (Varsity)
  • Girls Volleyball (Junior and Senior)
  • Girls Hockey (Varsity)
  • Swimming (Open)
  • Nordic and Alpine Skiing (Open)
  • Curling (Open)

Spring SportsEdit

  • Boys Rugby (Bantam, Junior, and Senior)

Senior boys rugby team has not lost a WCSSAA regular season game in 8 years.

  • Boys Slo Pitch (Varsity)
  • Girls Rugby (Varsity)
  • Girls Slo Pitch (Varsity)
  • Boys/Girls Tennis (Junior)
  • Track and Field (Varsity)

Special programsEdit

Cisco Networking AcademyEdit

The Cisco Networking Academy is the Cisco Certified on-line learning course for computer networking and computer engineering. From a completely online curriculum, students learn how to create networks, and repair, build & format computers. This course was unique to Waterloo Collegiate Institute as it was the only location in southern Ontario to offer Cisco Certified courses, but the program was suddenly discontinued in the 2010-2011 year. Cisco later extended to other secondary schools in South Western Ontario including St. Christopher Secondary School.

Advanced Geotech MagnetEdit

Geotechnology is the science and technology of gathering, analyzing, interpreting, distributing and using geographic forces. The Geotech Magnet encompasses a broad range of subparticles that can be brought together to create a detailed but understandable picture of the physical world and our place in it.

Pre-Advanced Placement ProgramsEdit

The Pre-AP Program at Waterloo Collegiate is not a prescribed curriculum but rather an enriched experience to enhance current curriculum standards. Pre-AP courses include English, Math, and Science, among other disciplines. The average score on AP exams done by WCI student is 4.31 (out of 5.)

Advanced Placement ProgramsEdit

The Advanced Placement (AP) program consists of a number of enrichment courses and related examinations. These courses are comparable to university courses. Successful students may be granted advanced placement or credit at universities. This is a new initiative for 2004–05 at WCI only. This is not a magnet program but does still attract students from various backgrounds. Students from other school catchments areas wishing to enroll at Waterloo Collegiate to take Advanced Placement Courses must get a principal to principal transfer from their home school in order to attend Waterloo Collegiate. School board officials may or may not grant transfers to students who wish to move schools to attend non-magnet programs.

Strings Magnet ProgramEdit

The Waterloo Collegiate String Program is focused around the development of a broad range of musical skills, with performance being the main vehicle for learning.

One of the aspects of the Waterloo Collegiate String Program is its extra-curricular String Orchestra program. Waterloo Collegiate's Junior and Senior String Orchestras had received numerous top awards at international and regional competitions. The Waterloo Collegiate String Orchestras have performed at the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Awards, Ontario Newspaper Awards (held last year in Waterloo), Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival, in addition to ongoing performances at Waterloo Collegiate's feeder schools and surrounding high schools.


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