Fergus High School & Other Education

Centre Wellington District High School (Fergus)

Picture of the former highschool buildingFergus is home to the Centre Wellington District High School, which was established in 1926. In June 2004 the curtain fell for the former high school building on Belsyde Avenue: a new high school has been built. As far as we know new purpose for the former high school building (see picture) in Fergus has not been decided upon yet. It may be designated as a heritage building.

New Building for the Centre Wellington District High School

A new high school building was built on a property donated by Douglas and Susan Turner of Fergus. It opened to 1,500 students in the Fall of 2004. The Turner family requested to be acknowledged as donors of the land.

Contact Centre Wellington District High School: website or (519) 843-2500

Since Douglas Turner's Uncle Cecil Johnston Turner (a former student) was active in track and field, the gymnasium of the new Fergus high school has been named “Turner Gymnasium”. There has also been placed a plaque in school in his honouring.

The location may have changed in 2004; the name of the school has not: it has remained to be known as “Centre Wellington District High School (C.W.D.H.S.)”.

Little known fact: did you know that Fergus used to be called "Little Falls"?

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Fergus is home to the Centre Wellington District High School as well as elementary schools; J. D. Hogarth Public School; James McQueen Public School; John Black Public School and Victoria Terrace Public School. Fergus has a Roman Catholic Elementary School in St. Joseph Separate School, and Christina schools in the Maranatha Christian School and Emmanuel Christian High School.

The neighboring Village of Elora is home to three elementary schools; the Elora Public School, the Salem Public School and St. Mary’s Separate School. St. John’s Kilmarnock School is an independent co-ed day school with a strong academic program (grades 1 - 13) on a picturesque 36 acre setting, located less than 30 kilometres from Centre Wellington, close to the Maryhill Golf and Country Club.

Elementary and secondary school education falls under the authority of the Upper Grand School Board and the Wellington County Roman Catholic Separate School Board.

Learn more about educational organizations in Fergus, Elora, Belwood and Salem in our business directory (section "education").

Universities and Colleges

Fergus is close to some of Canada’s finest universities (links will open in a new window):

University of Guelph (UoG)

The University of Guelph (UoG) is located just 16 km (10 miles) south of Centre Wellington. The University houses 6 Faculties (which the University of Guelph refers to as “Colleges”) - Arts, Biological Science, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Social & Applied Human Sciences, Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College. Other areas of academic specialization: Faculty of Management, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Office of Open Learning, University of Guelph-Humber. The University’s website is www.uoguelph.ca.

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University of Waterloo (UoW)

The University of Waterloo (UoW) is located just 50 km (30 miles) southwest of Centre Wellington. Waterloo has long been recognized as the most innovative university in Canada. The University houses 6 faculties – Applied Health Sciences, Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Science, and Environmental Studies. The University’s website is www.uwaterloo.ca.

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One of the specialties of the University of Waterloo is their famous Co-op program, which they boost being the largest co-operative education program in North America. Waterloo is probably best known for their Technology-related studies. Waterloo’s new chancellor, Mike Lazaridis, knows what can happen when talented people come together. He’s founder, president, and co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), a company whose success depends on bright minds, many of them Waterloo graduates. RIM is the manufacturer of the mobile device “Blackberry”.

Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)

Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) is located in Waterloo next to the University of Waterloo. They have 5 Faculties – Arts, Science, Music, Business and Economics, and Social Work. The University’s website is www.wlu.ca.

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Other Universities

In addition of the above Universities, four other major Canadian Universities are within a 1 - 2 hour drive of Centre Wellington - McMaster University (Hamilton - less than an hour); University of Western Ontario (London - approximately 2 hours); York University (Toronto - approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes) and the University of Toronto (approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes).

Conestoga College

Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology, Ontario’s # 1 rated College, for the 6th straight year, is located in Kitchener just 50 km (30 miles) from Centre Wellington. Conestoga also has a variety of program options: full-time degree, diploma and certificate programs; part-time programs; postgraduate, apprenticeship and preparatory studies; online courses; part-time evening and weekend courses; and customized training for business and industry.

Conestoga is one of the province's largest providers of apprenticeship education, and a major provider of career-related adult education courses. The Guelph Campus of Conestoga College is just a 10 mile drive to the south of Kitchener. Courses are also offered in Fergus. Website: The College’s website is www.conestogac.on.ca.


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