Although it is most commonly referred to as “KCI,” Kitchener–Waterloo Collegiate & Vocational School began as the Berlin Grammar School in 1855. Now, 160 years later, KCI is truly an essential and integral part of Kitchener-Waterloo. The facility has seen significant change throughout those 160 years – perhaps the most significant are the recent ION construction and service upgrades to King Street.
We are known and recognized as a welcoming and inclusive school that supports and works diligently to include all. Together, students, staff, and community are “ONE KCI.” As part of ONE KCI, we fundraise money for a wide range of local and national charities. Each December our annual Community Dinner, organized entirely by students and supported by staff and parent volunteers as well as community partners, provides a hot meal, entertainment, and prizes to hundreds of challenged individuals from our community.
At KCI, students develop as active, caring, engaged, and healthy members of a community in which they feel respected, responsible, and safe. Typical of a downtown core high school, our student body represents a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. Every year approximately 1300 students are registered at KCI.
Our staff is committed to ensuring that our school community has opportunities for all students to learn, share, and grow together. They are dedicated to facilitating meaningful activities both in the classroom and through a broad range of co-curricular activities.
Our office staff, custodians, educational assistants, teachers, CYW’s, supervision monitors, and administration take great pride in the quality of life and learning at KCI.
Principal Cathy Vollmer-Ashley
Jennifer Fairhall Students’ Last Names A-G
Dennis Haid Students’ Last Names P-Z
Peter Kalbfleisch Students’ Last Names H-O Our Parents / Community
Partnerships make schools successful. Engaged and committed parents and guardians are an important element of KCI’s success and the success of their students. We are committed to a positive working relationship with our parents and guardians. We also welcome parent and guardian involvement in our School Council.The School Council is composed of parents and guardians, community, staff and administrative representatives. Please visit the parent tab on the main page for more information.