John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute
Address: 21 Meyer Drive, Guelph, Ontario N1E 4H1
Phone Number: 519-822-7090
Fax Number: 519-822-6366
Office Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Instructional Hours: 9:05am – 3:20pm
School Website: www.ugdsb.ca/jfr
Student Transportation: www.stwdsts.ca
Principal: Beth Burns
Vice-Principal: Carolyn Chesney, Joe Burns, Brent Bloch
Office Co-ordinator: Kathy Gristey
Superintendent: Doug Morrell
Trustee: Mark Bailey
Originally called John F. Ross Vocational School in honour of John Francis Ross, a highly respected Guelph educator and principal, the school opened its doors in 1956 to 460 students, 25 teachers, and Lorne Fox as its principal, under its new name John F. Ross Collegiate and Vocational Institute.
John F. Ross C.V.I., with the highest enrolment in the board, in part due to its comprehensive ESL and French Immersion programs, has become recognized for its academic excellence, its athletic programs, its co-curricular clubs and its high level of community outreach.
Technical Education is also a focus at Ross, with extensive shop facilities in traditional areas such as Automotive and Woodworking as well as high level Design and Computer Technology course offerings. Arts programming is available in both French and English and Ross’s significant number of Awards in Theatre and Music demonstrate a school-wide commitment to the Arts.
A central meeting place in the school is E.L. Fox Auditorium, which is used for school assemblies and dramatic performances. It also serves as a link to our school community as various community organizations utilize it for events.
With its combination of academics, extracurricular activities, and diverse student population, John F. Ross C.V.I. truly recognizes and affirms the growth of the whole person.