Who should visit the Family Welcome Centre
Students from Grades 1 to 12 who fit one of the following criteria:
Newcomers to Canada.
Students coming from out of province whose first language is not English.
Students who have been studying in a language other than English and whose first language is not English. This includes French speaking students from French schools in Ottawa.
Students who have been living abroad for 6 months or longer and whose first language is not English.
This includes permanent residents, refugees, international students, individuals with work permits, Canadian citizens and diplomats.
What to bring to your appointment
You will need to make an appointment before visiting us. Both you and your child will need to attend the appointment. Our services are completely free, but if your child is an international student, you will need to pay for their tuition. Read more about admissions procedures for international students.
Before you come to your appointment, make sure you have the following documentation so that we can help you fill out your registration forms:
- your child’s birth certificate
- proof of status in Canada for yourself and your child (Canadian citizenship, permanent resident, work permit, or study permit)
- proof of your address in Ottawa (rental or mortgage agreement, or utility bill)
- your child’s official report cards and/or transcripts for the last two years
- your child’s record of immunization, verified by Ottawa Public Health
- your, or your child’s baptismal certificate (only for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8)
What will happen during your visit
Your appointment will typically be two to three hours long. Here is a brief description of what a typical appointment with our Family Welcome Centre for Newcomers might look like:
We meet with your family.
We assess your child.
We provide your family with feedback.
We help you complete your registration documents.
We help you get connected to community services.
How we help your child grow and learn
In all of our classrooms, we foster a safe, inclusive, and accepting learning environment where all students are valued for their unique strengths and talents. We provide opportunities that support each students on their learning journey. We also help our students to develop the skills required to become caring and responsible citizens who respect and promote the dignity of all persons.
Supporting parent engagement