High School

High School at the Ottawa Catholic School Board

High school at the Ottawa Catholic School Board is all about preparing your child to thrive as their future-self. Whether they continue their studies after high school or jump right into the workforce, our programs allow your child to explore their talents and interests in high school, so they don’t have to wait until graduation to test-drive a career.

Register to attend an OCSB high school

If your child is about to complete Grade 6 or 8 at an OCSB elementary or intermediate school, you do not need to register to continue at your neighbourhood OCSB high school. If you’re new to our OCSB family, we look forward to welcoming you.

High school information nights

Is your child starting Grade 7 or Grade 9 at an Ottawa Catholic high school? Join us for virtual information nights where you can learn about the courses and programs we have to offer at your OCSB high school.

Explore your High School

Experience High School at the Ottawa Catholic School Board– in 3D! With the magic of technology, you can explore your high school from the comfort of your home!

Intermediate and high school – what’s the difference?

Our high school campuses have two separate schools within the same building– an intermediate school (Grade 7 and 8) and a high school (Grades 9 to 12).

High school programs and courses

Helping your child choose their high school courses has never been easier! We’ll walk you through the requirements for each grade and highlight the many programs we offer that might interest your child. Why should they wait until after high school to explore their interests, develop skills, and gain hands-on experience if they can do it now?

Earn a high school diploma and more

Did you know your child can graduate high school with more than an Ontario Secondary School Diploma? We’ve outlined the requirements your child needs to earn their diploma, including their required 40 hours of volunteer community involvement, and describe additional certifications your child could earn to have a competitive advantage after high school.

Support for high school students

We offer various programs and strategies to support all learners, including English Language Learners, students with special needs, high-performance athletes and artists, and those who struggle in a traditional classroom setting.

Parent guides and resources

It can be challenging to supporting your child as they start Grade 7 in a high school building or officially start high school in Grade 9. To help you navigate the intermediate and high school landscape, we’ve developed guides for parents.

High School Academic Handbook

The High School Academic Handbook is a comprehensive guide for parents and students to help choose their high school courses. We walk you through everything in great detail from explaining types of courses, what you need to graduate or earn special designations at graduation, to outlining alternative ways your child can earn credits.

An overview of intermediate and high school

Intermediate school

Most of our Grade 7 and 8 students attend intermediate school in a high school building, except for Frank Ryan Catholic Intermediate School. Since they aren’t technically in high school yet, our intermediate students follow a different timetable and program structure in a dedicated wing of the high school.

High school

Our high school program starts in Grade 9, and although your child won’t change physical school buildings, their timetable will look different, they will need to write final exams, and they also get to choose their courses.

Semesters and timetables

Your child will typically be in high school for four years, with every year divided into two semesters (Semester 1: September to January, Semester 2: February to June). The semester system means students may end up with Science in semester 1 of Grade 9 and not take it again until semester 2 of Grade 10.

Since every student’s timetable is unique, your child will have a different group of classmates in each course.

Evaluations, exams and report cards

Your child will need to complete a summative evaluation for every course, which usually takes place towards the end of the semester. Many courses also have final exams. These take place during a designated week at the end of each semester.

Your child will receive percentage grades for assignments, exams and report cards. To pass a course and earn a credit, your child needs a final grade of at least 50%. To meet the course’s provincial standard, they need at least 70% (Level 3).