In 1858, with the help of five young women from the community of St. Agatha, Eugene Funcken, C.R. established a residential care home for eight children left without care after fire ravaged their homes. The original residential care home was an old log tavern rented from Peter Tschirhart . In 1868, a new residential care home was built at a cost of $5,000.00 on nine acres of land donated by Nicholas Dietrich
In 1870 Funcken travelled to Milwaukee to apply to Mother M. Caroline for the School Sisters of Notre Dame to take charge of the Residential care home. His request was granted, and in 1871 Mother M. Joachin and Sister Hunigundis arrived to take charge of the twenty children living in the residential care and learning facility. In 1875 the separate school was added and supported solely by the people of St. Agatha Community. By 1902 the institution was enlarged to accommodate increased numbers of students that require the care and devotion of the institution. In 1966 Notre Dame of St. Agatha became a non-denominational residential care institution for all students across the region.
Canadian Independent College (CIC Waterloo) continues the great history of passion and care towards its student population and community at large. The modern campus in located on 6.4 acres of picturesque valley in the Waterloo Region.
Waterloo Region is a mid-sized community located in the heart of southwestern Ontario’s greenbelt. We have all the amenities of a large urban centre while still maintaining the charm and character of a smaller rural community. With a population of more than 540,000 people, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest growing areas in Ontario.
Waterloo is home to two of the highest-ranked universities in the country: University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University and attracts some of the best and brightest talent from around the world.
CIC Waterloo is within an hour drive to Toronto Pearson International Airport and several prestigious universities such as University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, and University of Guelph.
CIC is a very special school that provides a rich, nurturing and caring environment that has brought out the best in me and allowed me to truly thrive. My university admission was a breeze.
The small class size, the high staff-to-student ratio, the respectful atmosphere, and above all, the unwavering dedication was what makes CIC special.
Ample access to technology, a high teacher to student ratio, and caring engaged teachers helped me to gain admission to veterinary school after CIC.
Since my very first day at CIC, I felt welcomed, accepted, and loved. Every morning I see the smiling teachers and staff.
What I like best about CIC is most definitely the education that I received.
High academics have always been important to me and it didn’t take long to realize that this school was right fit for me.
You want to get into a great university come study at CIC, the entire admission process is handled by the school.
I came to Canada not knowing anybody, the school and residence staff made me feel at home right away. My university placement was surprisingly easy.
My overall experience at CIC was fantastic, especially all the new life long friends I made. I got offers to all the universities I applied to.
The teaching staff were very helpful and made my learning experience fun. I can get lost in public school easily, not at CIC with small class size and attention to school needs.
My teachers at CIC did a great job, not only presenting the material, but also teaching it. Got my university offers early spring.
Arriving at CIC for the first time you feel at home not because of all the cold snow, but because of the caring and warm environment.
I got early university admission in March, thanks to the wonderful job of the guidance office
Thanks to the school, my university admission was the easiest thing I ever went through in high school.
Getting all my early universities offers was a great relief, couldn’t have done it without everyone at CIC.
I love the school because I have many nice teachers and a principal who helped me get into my dream university.
Because of my older brother’s wonderful experience at CIC Waterloo my parents sent me to CIC in grade 10. CIC was one of the best experiences in my life. I got into my dream program at McGill University.
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