If you are new to Canada, have a school-aged child and English is not your first language, we can assist you with enrolling your child in school. The Family Reception Centre staff will welcome you to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board by providing student assessment and guidance for English language learners and their families. To make an appointment, please call 613-239-2416. Visit our website for more information.
Family Reception Centre — Help for Newcomers to our Community
International Language ProgramsOur elementary and secondary students also have an opportunity to learn or maintain a language other than French or English and to develop an appreciation for diversity and intercultural acceptance. Most International Language Programs are offered on Saturday mornings; some are offered after school. For Saturday programs, please call 613-239-2703; for after-school elementary programs, please call 613-239-2509.
Learning For Life MagazineFor more international language programs as well as many other credit and general interest courses, be sure to check out our Continuing Education magazine, Learning for Life , which is delivered to your door two times a year in January and August.
English as a Second Language — Developing Skills for SuccessOffered at both the elementary and secondary levels, your child will receive individual assistance improving their English skills until he or she is able to achieve grade level success with the English as a Second Language Program.
Elementary students in the English as a Second Language Program attend their community school with their peers and neighbours. For more information, please call 613-239-2416 or 613-239-1600.
Secondary students in the English as a Second Language Program attend the nearest high school that offers credit language courses. For more information, please call 613-239-2416 or 613-239-2727.
English Literacy Development — A Path To Better CommunicationThe English Literacy Development Program is available at most elementary schools. Your child will be placed with classmates of the same age. Every effort is made to bridge the gap between their academic skills and their age by focusing on oral communication, reading, and writing skills. Instruction is content-based and focused on improving literacy and numeracy skills.
At the secondary level, students often require more assistance and are given more time and additional support to achieve individual success through language and non-credit courses. Once students have mastered those challenges, they progress to English a Second Language courses and eventually complete a high school diploma.
Outdoor Education Programs — Learning in a Natural SettingOutdoor Education Centres offer your child the chance to explore, experience, and link classroom learning to the wonders of the natural world. Our Bill Mason and MacSkimming Outdoor Education centres provide students with a first-hand look at wetlands, forest, fields, and riverfront. The program also includes Canadian history, natural science, teambuilding, and outdoor skills learning opportunities.
Programs for Gifted StudentsParents of intellectually advanced students can take advantage of a range of programs and services offered in many of our elementary and secondary schools. The aim of the Gifted Program is to provide students with open-ended curriculum that is extended in both depth and breadth and allows students to explore areas of interest and incorporate creative talents into their learning from grade 1 right through to graduation.
Students can work through the curriculum at an individual pace alongside students of similar advanced ability.
Students entering grade 9 who have been identified as Gifted will have the option of choosing between two secondary schools. To find out more about our Gifted Program, please call our Special Education/Student Services staff at 613-596-8211.
Alternative Elementary Programs — Addressing Individual Interests and Aptitudes
The Alternative Elementary Program is based on the concept of student-centered learning and this philosophy translates into all aspects of a student's experience at school. The program provides studetns opportunities to meet Ministry expectations with flexibility to allow greater concentration in areas of their own interest and aptitudes. For further information please visit the Alternative Elementary Program webpage