When considering which home to buy, a number of factors can influence your decision. The look of the home, its size, layout, age, and proximity to amenities are important, depending on the buyer.

The local school district is a factor with significant influence. It’s well known that good schools attract families with school-age children, but it doesn’t stop there. More and more homebuyers, without school-age children, are also considering neighbourhoods with good schools a huge factor in picking their next home.

In this article, we are going to discuss reasons why homebuyers seek out neighbourhoods with good schools, outline factors to consider when selecting a school zone, and provide a list of the best schools in Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge.

Why a Good School Matters

Whether or not you plan on using the school system in a neighbourhood, it plays a significant role in choosing a home. A Realtor.com survey showed 91% of respondents said school boundaries were important when selecting their home. Reasons for this were:

  • Homes in good school districts tend to sell faster
  • When tougher economic times hit, the homes in neighbourhoods with better schools usually hold their value better
  • Homes in these neighbourhoods tend to be more expensive but,
    • According to the Realtor.com survey, 1 of 5 homebuyers are willing to spend 6-10% above budget for a home with a good school nearby. And 1 of 10 homebuyers would double this to 20% above budget.

Factors to Consider When Selecting School Boundaries

There are various factors that should be considered when determining what a good school is, including: the age of the school, conditions of the facilities at the school, and of course, the standardized test scores.

The age of the school and conditions of the facilities can usually be discovered fairly easily by making a quick visit to the school. I would not recommend attempting a visit at the beginning or end of the school day, but typically throughout the day you can visit and get a good idea of these factors.

The standardized test scores for each school in The Region of Waterloo is available on the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) website.

The Top Schools in Waterloo Region

Below are the top 3 elementary schools from the Waterloo Regions District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. This information is based on the Fraser Institute School Rankings.

WRDSB – Kitchener

School Name2015-16 Rating2015-16 Rank
Lackner Woods8.2198/2900
Brigadoon7.2713/2900
Sandhills6.9920/2900


WCDSB – Kitchener

School Name2015-16 Rating2015-16 Rank
St Teresa9.525/2900
St Mark8.2198/2900
Our Lady of Grace7.7406/2900


WRDSB – Waterloo

School Name2015-16 Rating2015-16 Rank
Laurelwood8.873/2900
Millen Woods8.3157/2900
Abraham Erb7.9309/2900


WCDSB – Waterloo

School Name2015-16 Rating2015-16 Rank
St Nicholas8.873/2900
St Agnes7.9309/2900
Our Lady of Lourdes7.5519/2900


WRDSB – Cambridge

School Name2015-16 Rating2015-16 Rank
Woodland Park7.4574/2900
Saginaw7.0846/2900
Hillcrest6.71056/2900


WCDSB – Cambridge

School Name2015-16 Rating2015-16 Rank
St Francis8.5119/2900
St Elizabeth7.3639/2900
St Joseph6.9920/2900

School Boundary Maps

If you are trying to determine a neighbourhood based on a specific school, I would recommend printing a copy of the school’s boundaries and keeping it handy when viewing houses.

Boundary maps for schools apart of the Waterloo Regional District School Board are available on their website: WRDSB Maps (School Attendance Boundaries).

Boundary maps for schools apart of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board are available on the Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region website.

The Knowledgeable Realtors at The Dennis Team

Our knowledgeable real estate agents at The Dennis Team keep current with the schools and boundaries within Waterloo Region to help our clients find the perfect neighbourhood for their family. Contact one of us today to start your house hunting.

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Why Having a Good School in Your Area Matters
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Why Having a Good School in Your Area Matters
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When considering which home to buy, a number of factors can influence your decision. Having a good school in your area should be one of them.
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