Quality education starts on the first day of school and can continue through the rest of your life. Kitchener is home to public and private schools, colleges, universities and more.

On this page:

  1. School boards
  2. Private schools
  3. English as a second language
  4. Colleges and universities
  5. Continuing education

School boards

There are four public school boards in the Region of Waterloo:

Private schools

Private schools in Kitchener or nearby include:

English as a second language

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board offers English as a second language programs for adults. In these programs, you’ll develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Morning, afternoon and evening classes are available.

English at First offers English Language Instruction to Newcomers to Canada (the LINC program). Childcare is also available.

Conestoga College offers programs for new Canadians.

Your local community centre may offer English as a second language classes. Please check Active Kitchener or call your local community centre.

Colleges and universities


Conestoga College has two campuses in Kitchener: Doon and Downtown. The job placement rate for graduates six months after they finish their programs is 94.2%.

triOS College has programs in business, healthcare, law and more. Their campus is in downtown Kitchener.


The University of Waterloo’s health sciences campus, including their School of Pharmacy, is in downtown Kitchener.

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Social Work is in downtown Kitchener, across the street from City Hall.

Continuing education

Continuing education is the perfect choice if you want to change careers, update your skills or find a new hobby.

We offer learning and skill-building opportunities through our community centres. More programming is available through our local neighbourhood associations. You can find a full list of available courses in Active Kitchener.

If you want to continue learning in a classroom setting, consider courses and programs offered by these organizations: