ABOUT US

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.

Niagara Catholic was incorporated on January 1, 1998, following the amalgamation of the Lincoln County Roman Catholic Separate School Board, and the Welland County Roman Catholic Separate School Board. Niagara Catholic covers a geographic area of 1,868 square kilometres, and serves more than 90,000 Catholic ratepayers. Today, we have more than 21,000 students in our Catholic elementary, secondary and alternative learning schools. Our students come from 112 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe , and speak 58 languages, from Albanian to  Vietnamese.

Our Logo

Niagara catholic district school board logoOur corporate logo was adopted at that time. The Board logo incorporates a cross and a plant symbolizing a caring, nurturing Catholic environment where individuals grow as students and as Christians.

The colours of blue and green used in the logo represent the water and land associated with the Niagara Region. The caring Christian environment is communicated visually by enclosing one object within another, the plant within the cross. The plant represents the growth of our students in all areas as they develop and mature.

 

We Believe


Catholic schools are much more than places where prayer and learning come together; they are places where our faith comes to life. We believe that our students and staff are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and we are all children of God.
Students in Catholic schools follow the Ontario curriculum, and everything we do – from teaching core subjects to activities, clubs and teams – is done from a distinctly Catholic perspective.

About Learners and Learning

We believe that:

  • Learners are called by God to fulfill their potential
  • All learners are gifted by God and can learn
  • Learning is an interactive process
  • Learning is an enriching experience
  • Learning is for eternity

About Teachers and Teaching

We believe that:

  • Teachers are called by God to serve
  • Jesus Christ is the model for teaching
  • Teachers are role models for living
  • Teaching is shaped by the learner
  • Teaching is for tomorrow

About Catholic Learning Communities

We believe that:

  • Catholic learning communities are called by God to celebrate their gifts
  • Catholic learning communities are Christ-centered
  • Catholic learning communities share the commitment for all learners and learning
  • Catholic learning communities have a global vision
  • Catholic learning communities are transformational

Catholic Education

Catholic Education

Distinctiveness of the Catholic School

Catholic schools are much more than places where prayer and learning come together; they are places where our faith comes to life. We believe that our students and staff are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and we are all children of God.

Students in Catholic schools follow the Ontario curriculum, and everything we do, from teaching core subjects to activities, clubs and teams, is done from a distinctly Catholic perspective.

We are guided by the Catholic Social Teachings, which focus on the following:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person Dignity of Work and Service
  • Call to Family, Service and Participation
  • Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Care of God’s Creation
  • Solidarity
  • Rights and Responsibilities

 

In 1999, the Institute for Catholic Education created the Catholic Graduate Expectations, which outline the goals and objectives of students graduating from a Catholic school. The Catholic Graduate Expectations calls graduates to be:

  • Discerning believers, formed in a Catholic faith community
  • Self-directed, responsible, lifelong learners
  • Reflective and creative thinkers
  • Collaborative contributors
  • Effective communicators
  • Responsible citizens
  • Caring family members

Our History

Our History

In January, 1997 the Minister of Education and Training announced that, as part of its plan to restructure the education system in Ontario, the number of school boards in the province would be reduced from 129 to 66 and replaced by new “District” school boards, effective January 1, 1998.

As part of the amalgamation of school boards, the Welland County Roman Catholic Separate School Board and the Lincoln County Roman Catholic Separate School Board became the Niagara Catholic District School Board, on January 1, 1998.

The Niagara Catholic District School Board covers an area of 1868 sq. km and is responsible for providing Catholic education to approximately 22,500 students in the Niagara Region.

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

Board Jurisdiction

Area Niagara Region
Municipalities Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln & West Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet & Welland
Size of Region 1,868 sq km
Population 427,421

 

Annual Budget 2019-2020

Total Expenditures

$268,814,938

School Facilities

Number of elementary schools
49
Number of secondary schools
8

Student Enrolment

Elementary (ADE)
14,086
Secondary (ADE)
6,418
Adult education and summer school (ADE)
7,500

School Staff

Classroom teachers
1,252
Paraprofessionals, technicians, consultants & coordinators
142
Support staff – (EA’s, ECE’s, Library Technicians, guidance & secretaries)
538
Principals & Vice-Principals
73

Administrative Staff

Director & Superintendents
7
Controller of Facilities Services
1

Governance

Elected Trustees
8
Student Trustees
2

Contact Us

Mailing Address

  • Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • 427 Rice Road,
  • Welland, Ontario
  • L3C 7C1

Phone Numbers

Toll Free

FAX Numbers

Catholic Education Centre 905-735-0240
School List
Niagara Falls and Fort Erie 905-382-3108
Grimsby and West Lincoln 905-562-1321
Niagara on the Lake 905-684-8565
Business Department 905-735-2940
Consultants’ Department 905-735-1687
Director’s Office 905-734-8828
Student Services 905-735-9850
Superintendents’ Area 905-735-9710

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