18 WHITEHAVEN Lane, Kitchener, N2H0B3
18 WHITEHAVEN Lane, Kitchener, Ontario N2H0B3
276 HERBERT Street, Waterloo, N2J1V4
276 HERBERT Street, Waterloo, Ontario N2J1V4
255 LOUISA Street, Kitchener, N2H5M8
255 LOUISA Street, Kitchener, Ontario N2H5M8
12 MARISA ST, Kitchener, N2K3V8
12 Marisa Street, Kitchener, Ontario N2K3V8
466 WELLINGTON Street N, Kitchener, N2H5L5
466 WELLINGTON Street, Kitchener, Ontario N2H5L5
222 LANCASTER ST W, Kitchener, N2H4V1
222 Lancaster Street, Kitchener, Ontario N2H4V1
St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School (simply St. Teresa from here on out) is a Kindergarten to Grade 8 school; its address is 270 Edwin Street, in northern Kitchener, and its phone number is (519) 743-2131. St. Teresa offers Extended Day Care.
St. Teresa was built in 1953, on the threshold of Downtown Kitchener. From the day it opened and throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, the area around St. Teresa was growing rapidly – indeed, it was in this time period that the Conestoga Parkway (which many Kitchener-Waterluvians now take for granted) first opened, just a couple blocks north of the school.
With a rapidly growing population nearby, St. Teresa had to expand in order to accommodate the influx of students. Over the next few decades, the population slowed its rapid growth; however, after fellow Catholic elementary school Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School closed, St. Teresa’s student population surged to 500. Its current enrolment is closer to 200.
St. Teresa stands fairly close to the Kitchener/Waterloo border. The nearest major street is Lancaster Street West. The beautiful Breithaupt Park is a short walk from the school, and the Conestoga Parkway (Highways 85 and 7, here) is quite close, too, making transit to and from the school quick and easy. St. Teresa is closer to Downtown Kitchener than many schools, but still in a fairly suburban neighbourhood.
We usually try to look at the meanings behind schools’ names: some are as simple as the street where they’re located, but others are more unique. Many of the schools in the WCDSB, for example, bear the names of Saints. However, there are actually three schools in the board that have similar names: St. Teresa in Kitchener, of course, but also St. Teresa of Avila in Elmira and St. Teresa of Calcutta in Cambridge.
St. Teresa of Calcutta is more commonly known as Mother Teresa: living through most of the twentieth-century (1910-1997), Mother Teresa devoted much of her life to caring for others, particularly in Calcutta, and particularly with people dying of leprosy, HIV/Aids, and other diseases. Teresa of Avila, on the other hand, was a sixteenth-century nun and author, born in present-day Spain, who wrote influential, mystical literature and worked towards reform.
Alright, now let’s get back to 21st-century Kitchener! St. Teresa is affiliated with three Parishes: Holy Family Parish, west of Kitchener in New Hamburg; Sacred Heart Parish, near downtown Kitchener and with a longstanding Polish history; and, unsurprisingly, St. Teresa of Avila Parish. The St. Teresa of Avila Parish is closely connected with St. Teresa School – in fact, their buildings literally stand across the street from one another.
We chose our top schools based on their current rankings by the Fraser Institute. In brief, the Fraser Institute is a Canadian organization that ranks and scores elementary and secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec every year. The Fraser Institute derives the elementary schools’ scores from their performance in the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)’s Grade 3 and Grade 6 Testing.
These standardized tests assess students’ performance in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics; the Fraser Institute also takes factors like Gender Gap, percentage of tests written below standard, and tests not written, into account. Each school receives a score out of 10.
St. Teresa’s score as of the 2017 testing (2018 results not yet available) is 7.6/10, placing it within the top (Green) quadrant of possible ratings. So, how does this stack up to other schools? St. Teresa presently ranks in the top 20% of elementary schools throughout Ontario (there are over 3000 in total). Locally, St. Teresa is the 5th highest elementary school in the entire WCDSB, and the 2nd highest school in Kitchener specifically (in both school boards).
On a final note, St. Teresa’s 2016 rating was an incredible 9.5/10 – to put that into perspective, consider that in 2017, only 37 schools in all of Ontario have a rating of 9.5+. The takeaway from all of this is that St. Teresa is performing exceptionally well, and it has great potential, too.
Driven in large part by its active School Council, St. Teresa has a robust series of special events, community outreach programs, and activities throughout the year. They participate in Social Justice initiatives regularly, and students have many opportunities to get more involved. Athletics, community, and clubs are all available.