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Laurelwood Public School
Greetings, and welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog! Over the past couple weeks, we’ve been looking into seven of the top-rated elementary schools in the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) and sharing the basic facts about them.
Today, with Laurelwood Public School, we reach the end of that series. Laurelwood is at present (and at numerous points over the past decade) the top-ranked school in the WRDSB, according to analysis by the Fraser Institute – but more on that later.
So read on to learn all about Laurelwood P.S., and check back later this week for an overview of the top seven WRDSB elementary schools, and the start of our series on the top seven Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) elementary schools.
Laurelwood Public School’s address is 460 Brentcliffe Drive, which is in the northwest quadrant of Waterloo. As its name suggests, Laurelwood P.S. resides squarely within the wondrous neighbourhood of Laurelwood. For several years running, Laurelwood has been one of the most – and often the most – popular neighbourhood in all of Waterloo, and its access to fairly new, high-ranking schools (Laurelwood P.S., Abraham Erb P.S., St.
Nicholas Catholic Elementary School, and Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School) is a major factor in its popularity. SJAM, it should be noted, is one of the top secondary schools in the WRDSB; you can read about it here.
Indeed, Laurelwood is seen as an ideal place for families, with great outdoor opportunities (Laurel Creek Conservation Area is incredible), a range of community activities, and close proximity to shopping while also being separate enough to feel quiet and safe – you can read all about Laurelwood the neighbourhood here.
But let’s turn back to Laurelwood the elementary school.
Laurelwood opened its doors in September of 1998. It is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school, meaning students won’t need to switch to another school for their senior elementary years (Grades 7 and 8). There are currently approximately 550 students and 65 staff at Laurelwood.
Unique and noteworthy elements of the school itself include an outdoor learning circle and a butterfly garden, as well as the woodlot and neighbourhood park upon which the school borders. Having access to these sorts of spaces enables Laurelwood’s staff to provide students with a more holistic education.
Students at Laurelwood can take advantage of numerous extracurricular activities, including many athletic opportunities, and special events like musicals (in the 2017-18 school year, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat was the school’s big project).
Laurelwood offers French Immersion for students interested in cultivating fluency in Canada’s other official language. Upon graduation, Laurelwood students are zoned for nearby Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School (SJAM for short) for high school. The WRDSB’s Magnet Program, though, allows students to transfer to a secondary school outside of their zoning if they’re pursuing a Specialized Course not offered there (you can read more about the Magnet Program in our article on SJAM).
For example, students who took French Immersion in Laurelwood will need to transfer to another high school, as SJAM does not at present offer that program (Waterloo Collegiate Institute [WCI] offers Extended French, and Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School [KCI] offers French Immersion).
Laurelwood’s classes run from 8:40 am – 3:00 pm; office hours are from 8:00 – 3:45. The office phone number is (519) 884-9999.