Many St. John's families live in the neighbourhood near the school and walk to school. Sidewalks and crosswalks in front of school allow for this to be a safe and healthy way to get here. Each morning and afternoon, our maintenance team, staff and members of the administration help our students get to school safely by managing the crosswalks and the entryways into school.
Since about 70% of St. John's families live in or near Waterloo, many high school students choose to bike to school. The streets in Waterloo have bike lanes and many streets have light traffic. We recently increased the number of bike racks on campus to encourage more students to come by bike.
We have an efficient and extensive school bus system which services a wide area around Waterloo, including the centre of Brussels and many towns in the larger Waterloo region. The service includes pick-up from your front door wherever possible. Our high schoolers serve as bus monitors to ensure the rules are followed by all students on the bus and to help younger students when needed. Our bus coordinator can provide you with approximate pick-up and drop-off times for specific areas in Waterloo.
St. John's has an effective one-way "drop off" route on campus in the mornings which allows for the quick, safe and easy drop-off of students of all ages. Students can be dropped off right at the entrance door to go directly into the hallway. Staff members ensure the safe entry of walkers and bikers while allowing for a smooth drop-off for those coming by car.
High school students have an additional option to get to school, via public transport. A free bus, provided by the city of Waterloo, runs from the Waterloo train station to a stop within walking distance of St. John's.
A safe town of 30,000 inhabitants (with many nationalities represented), Waterloo provides all the shops, services, restaurants and amenities families might need day-to-day. It is outside the Brussels city limits and known as a very safe area to raise children.
Waterloo and the surrounding towns have many quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods where children can play outside safely. The region also provides many opportunities for outdoor life, including the large Forêt de Soignes and the area around the Château de la Hulpe where you can hike, bike, run for hours and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the region with your family.
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