According to Andrew Taylor, all schooling was optional before 1842 because the government did not pay for such things. This resulted in school sessions being held in private homes, meeting houses or abandoned buildings but only during the winter months, when the children were not needed on the farms. In 1843 the first School Act came into effect, and this divided the townships and areas into school districts, trustees were elected, school houses were built and teachers had to be examined and licensed. The children in the Dumfries Township went to Galt, as that is where the first school was built.

The Township of North Dumfries focuses on a strong education for all children. The public and separate schools are controlled centrally by the School Boards.


Ayr Public School JK-Grade 6
105 Hall St., Box 1182
Ayr, Ontario
Phone: 519-632-7424
Fax: 519-632-8658
North Dumfries Preschool
18 months to 5 years
92 Northumberland Street
Ayr, Ontario
Phone: 519-632-8272
Cedar Creek Public School JK-Grade 8
55 Hilltop Drive
Ayr, Ontario
Phone: 519-632-5255
Wrigley's Corners Outdoor Education Centre
RR #3
Ayr, Ontario
Phone: 519-632-7503
St. Brigid Catholic School
50 Broom St.
Ayr, Ontario
Phone: 519-632-5101
Fax: 519-632-5131

School Boards

Waterloo Region District School Board Public
Board Office

51 Ardelt Ave.
Kitchener, Ontario
N2C 2R5
Phone: 519-570-0300
Fax: 519-742-1364
Automated Switchboard: 519-570-0003

North Dumfries Public School Board Trustees
Name: Andrea Mitchell
Phone: 519-621-9475
Name: Cindy Watson
Phone: 519-621-6178
Name: Colin Harrington
Phone: 519-621-0388 

Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Separate Board Office

91 Moore Ave.
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 3S4
Phone: 519-578-3660
Fax: 519-578-5291

North Dumfries Separate School Board Trustees
Name: Judy Nairn
Phone: 519-623-6052
Name: Manuel Da Silva
Phone: 519-622-3039