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School boundary maps

To determine which school a student is eligible to attend, please contact a school in your neighbourhood or use our handy online School Locator tool. A student’s designated school (or “home” school) is determined by their home address and grade level. You can get a geographical overview of the area served by your home school by looking at the detailed maps below. You can also view General Boundary Maps, and a map which shows the location of ALL of our current and potential future Ottawa Catholic schools. Questions regarding specific addresses should first be directed to local schools.

Boundary change: Bridlewood

If your family lives in the Bridlewood neighbourhood of Kanata South, changes have been made to the school boundaries of St. James School and St. Anne School.

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School Name
School Boundary Maps
All Saints High SchoolView Map
Assumption SchoolView Map
Chapel Hill Catholic SchoolView Map
Convent Glen SchoolView Map
Corpus Christi SchoolView Map
Divine Infant SchoolView Map
Dr. F.J. McDonald Catholic SchoolView Map
Frank Ryan Catholic Intermediate SchoolView Map
Georges Vanier Catholic SchoolView Map
Good Shepherd Catholic SchoolView Map
Guardian Angels SchoolView Map
Holy Cross SchoolView Map
Holy Family SchoolView Map
Holy Redeemer SchoolView Map
Holy Spirit SchoolView Map
Holy Trinity High SchoolView Map
Immaculata High SchoolView Map
Lester B. Pearson Catholic High SchoolView Map
Monsignor Paul Baxter SchoolView Map
Notre Dame High SchoolView Map
Our Lady of Fatima SchoolView Map
Our Lady of Mount Carmel SchoolView Map
Our Lady of Peace SchoolView Map
Our Lady of Victory SchoolView Map
Our Lady of Wisdom SchoolView Map
Prince of Peace SchoolView Map
Sacred Heart High SchoolView Map
St. Andrew SchoolView Map
St. Anne SchoolView Map
St. Anthony SchoolView Map
St. Augustine School
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St. Benedict SchoolView Map
St. Bernard SchoolView Map
St. Brigid SchoolView Map
St. Brother André SchoolView Map
St. Catherine SchoolView Map
St. Cecilia SchoolView Map
St. Clare SchoolView Map
St. Daniel SchoolView Map
St. Dominic SchoolView Map
St. Elizabeth Ann SetonView Map
St. Elizabeth SchoolView Map
St. Emily School
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St. Francis of Assisi SchoolView Map
St. Francis Xavier High SchoolView Map
St. Gabriel SchoolView Map
St. Gemma School (formerly McMaster)
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St. George SchoolView Map
St. Gregory SchoolView Map
St. Isabel SchoolView Map
St. Isidore SchoolView Map
St. James SchoolView Map
St. Jerome SchoolView Map
St. John XXIII SchoolView Map
St. John Paul II SchoolView Map
St. John the Apostle SchoolView Map
St. Joseph High SchoolView Map
St. Kateri Tekakwitha SchoolView Map
St. Leonard SchoolView Map
St. Luke School, NepeanView Map
St. Luke School, OttawaView Map
St. Marguerite d'Youville SchoolView Map
St. Mark High SchoolView Map
St. Martin de Porres SchoolView Map
St. Mary SchoolView Map
St. Matthew High SchoolView Map
St. Michael School, CorkeryView Map
St. Michael School, FitzroyView Map
St. Michael School, OttawaView Map
St. Monica SchoolView Map
St. Mother Teresa SchoolView Map
St. Patrick's High SchoolView Map
St. Patrick SchoolView Map
St. Paul High SchoolView Map
St. Peter High SchoolView Map
St. Philip SchoolView Map
St. Pius X High SchoolView Map
St. Rita SchoolView Map
St. Rose of Lima SchoolView Map
St. Stephen SchoolView Map
St. Theresa SchoolView Map
St. Thomas More SchoolView Map
Thomas D'Arcy McGee Catholic SchoolView Map

General attendance area maps

One of the responsibilities of the Planning & Facilities Department is to maintain school attendance boundaries on an annual basis. A student’s designated school (or “home” school) is determined upon their home address and grade level. The following general attendance area maps provide an overview of the area served by each school. Questions regarding specific addresses should first be directed to local schools. For more detailed information, please view the individual school boundary maps (to the left).

 

OCSB school boundary maps greenbelt map image

The Greenbelt is a approximately 204 square kilometres of land in Ottawa in which real estate development is strictly controlled. It begins at Shirleys Bay in the west and extends to Green’s Creek in the east. More than half of the land is protected by the National Capital Commission (NCC). The Greenbelt forms an arc (or crescent) through the inside of the city. If you live inside the Greenbelt, you live inside of the arc. If you live outside of the Greenbelt, you live in the larger area surrounding the arc.

Map of all OCSB schools

Take a moment to look at our City of Ottawa map which clearly highlights the locations of all of our Board schools. The map also shows the locations of upcoming new school constructions, and potential future schools sites. Please note that this map displays the general locations only, and does not show attendance boundaries.

Option areas

When developing school attendance boundaries, the Board sometimes employs the use of option areas, a specifically designated geographical area that provides a choice of schools, in addition to their designated home school. Once a student has elected to attend a particular school in an option area, they must remain at that school for the remainder of their program, unless they move to a new address. These option areas exist to help alleviate overcrowding at area schools, and/or balance enrolment between schools; and/or phase in a proposed boundary change.

  • Example: Kindergarten to grade 6 students residing in the Barrhaven-on-the-Green area can attend their home school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, or have the one-time option to attend St. Patrick Elementary School. Both schools are directed to St. Joseph High School for grades 7-12.
  • Example: The designated home school for the Barrhaven-on-the-Green area is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, but students residing in this area have the “one-time option” of attending St. Patrick Elementary School, instead of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School. If the student chose to attend St. Patrick Elementary School in junior kindergarten, they would be expected to remain at St. Patrick Elementary School until graduation in Grade 6 (unless they moved to a new address) and would not be permitted to transfer to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in mid-stream.

Elementary Option Areas (JK to Grade 6)

  • The northern part of the St. Anne School boundary has the option to attend St. James School.
  • The Barrhaven-on-the-Green area can attend their home school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, or have the one-time option to attend St. Patrick Elementary School. Both schools are directed to St. Joseph High School for grades 7-12.
  • The Convent Glen South area can attend their home school, Divine Infant Catholic School, or have the one-time option (based on space availability) to attend Convent Glen Catholic School. Both schools directed to St. Matthew High School for grades 7-12.
  • The Kilborn/Smyth area can attend their home school, St. Luke Ottawa School, or have the one-time option to attend St. Gemma School. Both schools are directed to St. Patrick’s Intermediate School (grade 7-8) and St. Patrick’s High School (grade 7-12). There is also a one-time option to attend Immaculata High School for grades 7-12.
  • The north part of the Davidson Heights area can attend their home school, St. Andrew School, or have the one-time option to attend Monsignor Paul Baxter Catholic School. Both schools are directed to Mother Teresa High School for grades 7-12.

Intermediate/Secondary Option Areas (Grades 7 to 12)

  • The St. Daniel School feeder school area can attend their home school, Notre Dame Catholic High School (grade 7-12), or have the one-time option to attend either St. Paul Catholic High School (grade 7-12) or Frank Ryan Catholic Senior Elementary School (grade 7-8) and St. Pius X High School (grade 7-12).
  • The St. Gemma School feeder school area can attend their home schools, St. Patrick’s Intermediate (grade 7-8) and St. Patrick’s High School (grade 9-12), or have the one-time option to attend Immaculata High School (grade 7-12).
  • The St. John XXIII School feeder school area can attend their home schools, Frank Ryan Catholic Senior Elementary School (grade 7-8) and St. Pius X High School (grade 9-12), or have the one time option to attend St. Paul High School (grade 7-12).

Cross-boundary transfers

A cross-boundary transfer allows a student to attend an OCSB school that is outside their “home” school boundary. These transfers are not guaranteed and are conditional on space availability.

Reasons for requesting a cross-boundary transfer

Although these reasons do not guarantee the approval of a cross-boundary transfer, here are some reasons a transfer between schools may be approved:

  • Childcare for an elementary student (JK-6) is outside their “home” school boundary
  • A course is offered at one school but not at another
  • A medical professional recommends in writing that it is in the best interests of the student to attend a different school
  • A student attended their elementary school on a cross-boundary transfer and wants to remain in that family of schools as they enter high school
  • A student is in their final years of high school and moves outside their “home” school boundary and would like to stay at their school
  • Other compassionate grounds which are determined on an individual basis

Unacceptable reasons for a cross-boundary transfer

  • Extra-curricular activities are offered at one school but not another
  • A student’s group of friends is at another school
  • A student participates in after-school community-based activities outside their “home” school boundary
  • Dissatisfaction with school policies, procedures or facilities such as: split classes, uniforms, portables, music or drama rooms, etc.
  • Requesting a cross-boundary transfer

How to request a cross-boundary transfer

Contact your child’s “home” school and work with them to complete and sign the appropriate form (see link below) unless your reason for the transfer is related to childcare (JK-6). If your reason for requesting a transfer is childcare-related (JK-6), contact the “receiving” school and work with them to complete your request. You can use our school locator to find your “home” school.

Once you’ve completed the form, your request will need to be recommended by your “home” school Principal, the “receiving” school Principal and approved by the “receiving” school’s Superintendent. If the reason for your request is childcare-related (JK-6), it will only need to be recommended by the “receiving” school’s Principal and approved by the Superintendent. For more information, consult the Cross-Boundary Transfer Requests Administrative Procedures.

Important things to know about cross-boundary transfers

  • Transportation is the parent’s responsibility and will not be provided across boundaries, except for reasons of childcare for students in grades JK-6.
  • Cross-boundary transfers are automatically renewed on a yearly basis while the student attends the same school.
  • The school principal may cancel a cross-boundary transfer due to lack of academic progress, excessive absences/lates, school safety issues, or changes to the address of the caregiver upon which approval was granted.

Appealing the denial of your cross-boundary transfer

If your cross-boundary transfer is not recommended by your “home” school Principal, they will inform you of the reason, and you will have the right to appeal the decision with your “home” school Superintendent.

You will also be notified of the reason if the “receiving” school Principal does not recommend the transfer request and you can then appeal the decision with the “receiving” school Superintendent.

Disclaimer

School Boundary Maps have been provided on this website to the public for for illustrative purposes only. While the Planning and Facilities Department makes every reasonable effort to keep information on the maps accurate, the Board cannot guarantee their accuracy or precision. Furthermore, the maps are only updated annually and may not reflect the construction of new street networks. These maps should not be used in isolation to determine school attendance or transportation eligibility. Under no circumstances shall the Ottawa Catholic School Board be held liable for any actions taken, decisions made, or actions not taken from reliance on any information presented in the maps or consequences from any such reliance.

 

Contact Us:

School Boundary Information

Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2321

E-mail: Planning@ocsb.ca