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50 HOWE Drive Unit# 5A, Kitchener, N2E0A3

50 HOWE Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2E0A3

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2Bathroom(s)
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Welcome to 50 Howe Drive in Kitchener, Unit 5A. This lovely three bedroom condominium townhome offers; two levels, carpet free, over 1600 square feet living space AND low condo fees. It's perfect for the first-time home buyer or if looking for extra space with a condominium lifestyle. The new stainless-steel appliances are included.
$599,000

51 GREENCROFT Court, Kitchener, N2N3H6

51 GREENCROFT Court, Kitchener, Ontario N2N3H6

4Bedroom(s)
4Bathroom(s)
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Welcome to 51 Greencroft Court AAA+prime court location. Truly an exceptional family home that is sure to impress.
$1,349,000

250 WESTHEIGHTS Drive, Kitchener, N2N1J9

250 WESTHEIGHTS Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1J9

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
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Quality built 4 Bedroom family home located in the heart of Kitchener West / Forest Heights family friendly neighbourhood. This two story home needs some TLC but has so much to offer with over sized principle rooms, walkout from cozy main floor family room (oak hardwood floors) to private grilling deck.
$698,900

#19C -1430 HIGHLAND RD W, Kitchener, N2N0C3

1430 Highland Road, Kitchener, Ontario N2N0C3

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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Beautiful 1476 Sqft Multi-Level Unit In Forest Heights. This Is A Must See Unit, 2 Balconies And 1 Rooftop Terrace. Close To Shopping, Restaurants, Schools, Bus Routes, Highway Access, And So Much More . The Main Floor Has An Open Concept Design W. Granite Counters And Stainless Steel Appliances. Low Maintenance $175 Plus $40 Parking.
$449,999

123 HILLBROOK CRES, Kitchener, N2N1J4

123 Hillbrook Crescent, Kitchener, Ontario N2N1J4

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
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Welcome To 123 Hillbrook Cres, A 2 Story Detached Family-Centered Home In The Heart Of Forest Heights Community. This Beautiful Home Is Surrounded By A Many Of Kitchener's Amazing Walking And Biking Trails. This Spacious Home Offers Over 1600 Sq. Ft. Of Living Space With A Large Fully-Fenced Backyard With Plenty Of Natural Shade And Privacy From The Surrounding Mature Trees.
$810,000

242 WESTMEADOW Drive Unit# D, Kitchener, N2N0A1

242 WESTMEADOW Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2N0A1

1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
Visitor ParkingParking(s)
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If you're looking for a move in ready, low maintenance space to call home, then look no further. Newly remodeled and tastefully decorated, this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo is the perfect choice. Its been professionally painted, has new ceramic tile done by Grand Valley Tile and a new vanity in the bathroom.
$435,000
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About Forest Heights Collegiate Institute

Are you a parent/guardian (or future parent/guardian) looking in to schools in Kitchener Waterloo? Are you a student trying to decide which school will be the best fit for you? Or maybe you’re somebody who just really loves education?
 
In any case, you’re in luck, because this is the first post in a series about secondary schools in the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB). Introducing: Forest Heights Collegiate Institute (FHCI for short, or if you don’t like acronyms, ‘Forest Heights,’ or if you don’t like heights, simply ‘Forest’).
 
Forest Heights Collegiate Institute Student Registration
 
Nestled between Fischer-Hallman Road and Queen’s Boulevard in Western Kitchener, Forest Heights gets its name from the beautiful Forest Heights neighbourhood in which it resides. It is conveniently located right next to the Forest Heights Community Library, and Forest Heights Pool, providing great opportunities in after-school activities and work for children and teens.
 
FHCI was one of several secondary schools built during the 1960s in Kitchener-Waterloo; it was founded in 1964. Somewhat uniquely, most classes have window-access – the better to look out upon the fair streets of Forest Heights.
 
With approximately 1200 students, FHCI is not one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s largest schools. But keep in mind that the average size of an Ontario secondary school is 700. Forest Heights is small compared to a massive school like Cameron Heights, but still substantially larger than the provincial average.
 

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Forest Heights’ motto is “sit tuum tollere,” Latin for ‘to hold the torch high.’ Their colours are gold and brown (though it’s gold and black on their uniforms). Their team name is the Trojans, and their mascot is Troy the Trojan.
 
Waterloo Region schools have incorporated a Magnet School system, in which certain high schools offer specific, specialized courses or programs. Many of these Magnet programs are geared towards preparing students for transitioning from secondary school into post-secondary opportunities, whether that be more schooling or joining the workforce.
 
Students choosing to make use of one of these Magnet programs are eligible to transfer to a school outside of their designated home school boundary.
 

 

Forest Heights Collegiate Institute ESL Program

Forest Heights Collegiate Institute is one of the schools that offers a specialized ESL (English as a Second Language) program. What does this mean?
 
If you’re looking for a school that caters to English Language Learners, Forest Heights should be one of your top considerations. With 23% of the student body being ESL students, and speaking more than 50 different languages, the school is well-equipped to provide an excellent education to students for whom English is not their native language.
 
By taking part in this Magnet program, students will be guided into proficiency with English by experienced teachers and support staff trained for this purpose. And with such a large percentage of ESL students, finding other students with similar language-learning and cultural experiences is a huge benefit.
 

 

Forest Heights Collegiate Institute Extended French Program

Forest Heights is also one of five WRDSB secondary schools with an Extended French program. This is different than French Immersion (which is offered at 2 WRDSB secondary schools) in that Extended French students must take seven credits taught entirely in French, whereas in French Immersion they must take ten.
 
Students have opportunities for travel in French-speaking regions in Canada and abroad, as well as cultural experiences like movies and food. Knowing both English and French opens doors in Canada, and Forest Heights provides this opportunity.
 

Specialist High Skills Major Program

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is an Ontario Ministry of Education initiative that allows students to “focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) (Ontario Ministry of Education).” This option is available for grade 11 and 12 students looking to acquire job-specific skills and certifications.
 
Different high schools offer different programs; Forest Heights Collegiate Institute has two: Arts and Culture & Information and Computer Technology.
 
Students with an interest or inclination for either of these fields should also consider Forest Heights, not only for the more focused instruction and opportunities in career preparation, but also for finding a large group of likeminded, similarly-skilled students as a support base and peer community.
 

 

Forest Heights Collegiate Institute Teacher Ratings

The quality of a school’s teachers is one of the most important things to think about when you’re deciding where your children should get their education. One of the best resources to use when considering a school is Rate My Teachers (ca.ratemyteachers.com/Ontario) – a site in which students evaluate their teachers (and, correspondingly, their schools) on a variety of criteria.
 
Of course, you should take this data with a grain of salt (not more than a grain, though – too much sodium is a bad thing) as reviews can be left semi-anonymously, and for any unstated reasons.
 
But it very much helps to paint a picture of the school, and the culture created by the teachers who teach there.
 
Forest Heights Collegiate Institute fares very well on Rate My Teachers – it has an overall average of 4.26/5, based on 1,955 ratings. This puts it above Ontario’s average of 4.25. 76% of the teachers were given 5 star ratings – an impressive feat.
 
Forest Heights’ overall ranking has steadily increased over the past ten years, which is another positive indication.
 

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Forest Heights Collegiate Institute Community Involvement

Although Forest Heights is not one of Kitchener-Waterloo’s top academic schools, it offers a strong sense of community. One recent example of this can be found on the Forest Heights C.I. Twitter (link here): at the start of classes on September 5th, students and teachers collaborated on large murals expressing their hopes for the new year.
 
Many FHCI students live in the Forest Heights neighbourhood and walk to and from school. The school also hosts community charity events, and offers a variety of clubs and teams, including: Chess, Anime, ‘Knit Happens,’ Golf, Curling, Robotics, and Dance.
 

Conclusion

Serving as a Magnet School for ESL, and offering Specialist High Skills Majors in Arts and Culture and Information and Computer Technology, Forest Heights Collegiate Institute can cater to students with these specific needs and interests.
 
Its Extended French program provides an excellent option for students interested in cultivating their proficiency in Canada’s other official language. Smaller than most Kitchener-Waterloo schools, FHCI has a strong sense of community, which is cultivated by both students and teachers alike.
 

Written by Will Kummer

 

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