The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has been serving students in the capital region of Canada for over one hundred years. They provide international students with the opportunity to choose an educational path that best suits their interests and goals. Students can choose to come to Ottawa to graduate from high school or for a shorter period of study to improve their English and cultural competency.
Students with strong English language skills can apply for AP Courses (Advanced Placement) or the IB Program (International Baccalaureate). Students requiring extra English instruction will benefit from the school board’s integration of ESL Program (English as a Second Language) within the regular school curriculum at 6 high schools with ESL program.
Students are placed in schools where space is available and where there is an appropriate program of study (e.g. English as a Second Language). Applicants may suggest a specific school that they would like to attend at the time of application. We will try to accommodate an applicant's choice providing the chosen school has space and an appropriate program is available. Please note that the OCDSB has the right to make the final decision regarding school placement.
The school board offers a variety of programs in its 25 secondary schools.
Please click here for detailed information about each school
Click here for the OCDSB school course guide and descriptions
School hours: Monday - Friday
The school year is 10 months comprised of 2 semesters, September 1st - January 31st and February 1st - June 30th.
Formal exams are at the end of each semester.
There are several holidays during the school year when schools are closed including a 2 week holiday break at the end of December and a 1-week break in the middle of March.
Students who wish to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma must meet the required criteria.
See the following link for more information. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/graduate.pdf
* Please note that fees do not include airfare or applicable taxes. Course validation fee may be required.
Monthly Homestay & meals
24 hour/ 7 days a week Spanish and English support
Initial tour of the city to make new students more comfortable
Orientation course upon arrival working directly with the schools
Help familiarize students with the local bus system and mobile phone setup
Periodic (or under request) written reports or virtual meetings depending on the parent's preference. Offered in both Spanish and English.
Coordinating extra activities outside of school including music, competitive sports, dance, etc.
Optional supervised activities at an extra cost are also offered. For example, a Toronto tour to visit the CN Tower and watch a game of professional NHL hockey, a trip to visit Montreal, a ski trip and much more.