There are many educational opportunities in the city of Cambridge, including:

  • A complete educational system with 40 elementary and 7 secondary catholic and public schools (all tax-supported)
  • Access to several nearby institutes of higher education, including the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph and Conestoga College
  • A number of programs for adults to upgrade and add to their skills
  • Strong connections between academics and businesses in the community, providing opportunities for cooperative education, recruitment, contract research and joint-support programs
Elementary and secondary education 
In Cambridge quality education is supplied through the two tax-supported school boards, one public and one Catholic. There are also private schools offering varied educational programs to all age groups and include private French language opportunities.

In Cambridge, there are

  • 40 tax-supported elementary schools  (24 public and 15 Catholic),
  • 7 secondary schools (5 public, 2 Catholic)
  • Adult education schools (1 Catholic).

The WRDSB does not have any adult education centres in the Region; but does offer Essential Skills Upgrading classes in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge (256 Hespeler Road). 

A selection of private schools and special purpose academic schools in Cambridge and the surrounding area, offer a variety of learning options.

The wide varieties of courses available include academic, applied and special courses to develop the abilities of each individual and assist them in becoming productive members of the community.  Some of the many other programs offered include heritage language classes, French immersion programs, vocational training, co-operative education, trades training, adult/continuing education, and special education for both gifted and handicapped students.  Details of school programs in both school boards can be obtained by contacting the Board offices.

Post secondary 
Conestoga College

At the edge of the City boundaries, and just off Highway 401, is Conestoga College, Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.  The College's mandate is "education for employment" and accordingly, its links to business and industry is strong, with many specialized training courses being offered.  For instance, technical training facilities exist for woodworking, welding technology, information technology, and programs offered include manufacturing (management/supervision), automation technology, information systems, computer programming, AutoCad, and many other various applied courses and apprenticeship programs. Overall, Conestoga College provides courses in applied arts, business, health sciences, engineering technology and trades.   

University of Guelph 

The University of Guelph consists of six colleges whose undergraduate and graduate programs span the natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities:

  • College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
  • College of Arts College of Biological Science
  • College of Physical and Engineering Science
  • Ontario Agricultural College
  • Ontario Veterinary College

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University of Guelph Highlights

The main campus spans 1,017 acres (412 hectares), and includes a 408-acre (165-hectare) arboretum and a 30-acre (12-hectare) research park, whose largest tenants include Agriculture Canada, Novartis, the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Rural Affairs (Provincial Ministry head office), and the Health of Animals Laboratory.

Guelph is a leader in agriculture, food technology, biotechnology and veterinary medicine, and has 20,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. There are 2200 faculty and staff (800 faculty, 1900 staff). As the largest employer in the City of Guelph, the University of Guelph's local economic impact is about $410 million.

Areas of academic/research expertise include agriculture, veterinary science, animal biotechnology, molecular biology, food technology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and animal breeding, and physics. It is home to the Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres, Guelph Transgenic Plant Research Complex and the Guelph Advanced Food Technology Centre.

With the University of Guelph's 30-acre (12-hectare) Research Park and the Guelph Food Technology Centre - an independent laboratory on campus for food processing research and product.  Development - U of G is the hub of a rapidly growing cluster of agri-food research and biotechnology resources.

Wilfred Laurier University 
Wilfrid Laurier University is known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the university is a leader in integrated and engaged learning, connecting academic programming to co-curricular activities. Laurier specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology. The university has campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener, Toronto and Chongqing, China.

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Wilfrid Laurier University Highlights:

  • In 2011, Laurier announced a $103-million project with a major investment by the provincial government that will be the new home of Laurier's School of Business and Economics and Department of Mathematics. The building will be four storeys and house nine lecture halls, student club support spaces, computer and math labs, and a 1,000-seat auditorium.
  • Laurier celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2011.
  • Laurier has the largest Business co-op program in Canada. It also offers co-op to students registered in Arts and Science. Laurier's co-op program has more than 1,300 students every year in a number of diverse jobs, from Equity Research Associate to Communications Intern to Field Biologist.
  • Laurier's Faculty of Music offers the only on-campus Music Therapy clinic in Canada as well as the only English-speaking Music Therapy undergraduate program in Ontario.
  • Laurier was the first university in Canada to formally recognize the benefits of volunteer and leadership activities by offering students a Co-Curricular Record, a documentation of all their extra-curricular involvement that is provided at the end of their studies to complement their academic transcript.
Univeristy of Waterloo 
The University of Waterloo (UW) is best known for its teaching and research in computer science and some fields of engineering, but there are high-quality programs in all major fields of study. The university is organized into six faculties: Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, and Science. There is also an Independent Studies program at the undergraduate level. There are graduate (master's and PhD) programs in various disciplines within all six faculties. Professional programs are offered in accountancy, architecture, optometry, pharmacy and urban and regional planning, as well as engineering.

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University of Waterloo Highlights:

  • More than 35,000 students attend Waterloo.
  • UW employs about 1,100 full-time faculty members.
  • It is a leader in Canadian University contract research, and is a major source of graduates in science, mathematics, information technology, and engineering.
  • Waterloo offers 180 graduate programs, including over 60 part time master's programs attracting students from around the world
  • UW's library holds more than 3.7 million volumes of books, serials, maps, government publications, microfilms and other materials in four locations.
  • UW has one of North America's largest distance education degree credit programs, and was the first university to make innovative use of audio cassette lectures with support materials.
  • UW students and faculty are involved in collaboration and exchange agreements with more than 60 institutions in 30 countries around the world.
  • UW earns about $2 million annually in licensing revenue from technology transfer activities.
  • UW is a world leader in the design and development of computer software.
  • UW's research and instruction has led to the founding of 106 spin-off companies. UW was the first North American University to make computers extensively available to undergraduates.
  • UW's Faculty of Environment was the first in Canada 26 years ago, and now is an acknowledged leader in environmental teaching and research in North America.
  • UW's world-renowned School of Architecture is located in downtown Cambridge.

View Statistics Canada Highest Level of Educational Attainment and Major Field of Study chart for more information