Discover your potential at the OCSB
As the Capital City of Canada, Ottawa is the heart and centre of it all. At the forefront of this beautiful city is the Ottawa Catholic School Board, providing faith-based education with high academic achievements, and a focus on community, wellness and innovation.
Canada’s capital with a population of over one million people, making it an ideal city for international students. It offers all of the advantages of city life while being surrounded by the beauty of Canadian natural spaces. It’s one of the safest cities in North America with a top-ranked quality of life.
We are recognized internationally for our approach to Deep Learning in our classrooms. Our students consistently score higher than the province in annual standardized tests, and every year receive provincial, national and global accolades in a variety of subjects and disciplines. Our well-rounded approach to learning develops the leaders of tomorrow.
While the academic success of a child is very important, most would agree that it’s even more important that their child grows up to be a good person. At the OCSB, we provide an education that respects the universal values of all faiths, grounded in Catholic principles. Faith, hope, love, community, dignity of persons, excellence, justice, and stewardship for creation — these eight values motivate our students and add spiritual depth to their education. These themes permeate the culture of our schools as they are integrated into our curriculum and school life.
Our schools welcome students of all faiths and cultures. We build welcoming school communities by teaching our students about values and social justice. We also have staff at our Family Welcome Centre to help international students as they transition to a new school environment and culture.
Studying at the OCSB is a great pathway to prepare international students for post-secondary studies in North America. Our international high school students develop fluency of the English language, integrate into the culture, and obtain high school credits that are recognized by post-secondary institutions in North America. And with top-tier Universities and Colleges in Ottawa, many international students call Ottawa home!
Julia discovered her future career at the OCSB
“I’m really happy to announce that with the help of my teachers and peers at school, I was able to get into one of the most prestigious schools in Canada, Carleton University, for Engineering.”
Marina discovered her potential
“I was so excited about going to a new place and getting to know a new culture. I’m really proud of myself for coming here alone. Now I just think I can do whatever I want to.”Marina, Brazil
Amy was supported and ready for her post-secondary studies
“We have amazing staff, amazing teachers, an amazing Chaplin.”Amy, Vietnam
Gigi welcomes you to the city of Ottawa
“As the capital of Canada, Ottawa is the heart of diversity; it offers so much opportunity to people with different backgrounds.”Gigi, Taiwan
Creating the foundation for success
OCSB is unique in its values, approach to learning and focus on student wellness, diversity, technology, sports and academic success.