GCI is home to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program and English Language Development (ELD) program for Cambridge.  The programs for English Language Learners bring richness and diversity to GCI.   Flags in the main hallway and the library represent countries from which former and current GCI students have come.

The Welcome Centre

The Welcome Centre will do an assessment for newcomers.  You need to book an appointment.  The Welcome Centre is located at 749 King Street West, Unit 203, Kitchener Ontario.   519 576 3018.  Please book an appointment:

  • If you are a new student to Canada whose first language is not English,
  • if you are a student new to Waterloo Region whose first language is not English, and who have been in an English school in Canada for less than 5 years,
  • if you are a student from a French Language School in Canada,
  • if you are an International student


ESL Program at GCI

Grade 8 feeder school brochure

Below are the English as a Second Language resources from GCI:


Course Selection ESL2

Course Selection ELD2


ESL Pathways.pdf



Parent Resources

How can I help my child learn English?

Special Education

 A Newcomer guide to secondary school