District Programs

District programs are identified with designated schools. They may or may not require specialized facilities. They do require a student to meet established entrance criteria. District programs may include an in-school set of program expectations and/or an out-of-school training program. Such programs would normally, but not necessarily, be offered over a number of years. Examples of District programs include: the International Baccalaureate Program, the Creative Arts Program, the Alternate Education Program, the Adaptive Program and High Performance Athlete Program.

The International Baccalaureate Program:

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Program is an intellectually rigorous diploma program that is recognized by universities in Ontario and throughout the world. The IB curriculum is prescribed by the International Baccalaureate Organization, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Colonel By Secondary School offers this program for strong academic students in addition to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Secondary School Diploma requirements and courses are integrated with the IB requirements so that, upon successful completion of the program, a student is awarded both the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

The IB Program is taken during the final two years of secondary school. Students begin their preparation for the two-year Diploma Program by taking accelerated and enhanced courses in the pre-IB years, grades 9 and 10. Students who enrol in the Diploma Program begin in grade 11 (IB1) and complete the program in grade 12 (IB2). To obtain an IB Diploma, candidates must successfully complete six IB courses and write an international examination in each of them. Internal assessments and examinations are externally moderated in order to maintain international standards. Colonel By Secondary School is proud to offer the full diploma program exclusively. Individual certificates are not offered. The application process for the IB Program begins with the parents' information evening held at the end of November. The application process is composed of two parts: the Student Portfolio and the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT/3).

Contact the school IB coordinator by e-mail for further information a [email protected].

Alternate Education Program:

Under the Ministry initiative for Student Success and Learning to 18, the five District Alternate Education Program sites are an excellent alternative for students who are seeking a different experience from the traditional high school setting. Flexible scheduling, workplace opportunities, smaller classes and self-paced learning are some of the reasons students may choose to attend one of our five sites. The Alternate Program is primarily an independent learning environment and as such, students and teachers work together in this unique educational setting in order to ensure student success. In addition, program staff is dedicated to working individually and in groups to address the social, emotional, behavioural and mental health needs of students.

The Alternate Education Program offers students flexibility and the opportunity to have more control over the means and pace of their learning through a combination of differentiated academic programs and Cooperative Education. Our mission is to enable each student to develop the attributes of a life-long learner. Students in the Alternate Education Program typically range in age from 16 to 20.

How to Apply: Students may apply to an Alternate Education Program through recommendation from their home school or may seek out this unique learning environment on their own. With a continuous intake system, students are able to enter the program at different times of the year and those who have been out of school are welcome to use the program as an entry point to renew their engagement in learning. Each site has an application and registration process that includes an entrance interview.

Upon enrollment into the program, the students will meet with the guidance counsellor to develop an academic plan tailored to their individual academic goals. Students may work on both applied and academic credits and, in some cases they have access to locally-developed courses. At the senior level, a range of courses is provided at the open, college and Grade 12 university preparation pathways ensuring access to College and University programs. Upon completion of the program, most students will achieve their OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) and will go on to college, university, apprenticeship or to the world of work. Some of our students choose to leave the program after receiving their OSSC (Ontario Secondary School Certificate).
For further information, contact the guidance counselor or vice-principal of your designated secondary school.

The alternate education sites are:

Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary Alternate Program
Frederick Banting Secondary Alternate Program
Norman Johnston Secondary Alternate Program
Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Program
Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School Program

Adaptive Program

The Adaptive Program is designed to develop the social, academic and work-related employability skills necessary for students to function independently in society and to become successfully employed.

Adaptive programs are offered at the following schools:

Ottawa Technical Secondary School
Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School

The Adaptive Program offers a wide range of academic and technical courses (credit and non-credit) leading to an OCDSB Skills Portfolio.

The OCDSB Skills Portfolio includes:

an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Certificate
a transcript
a list of work experiences and co-op evaluations
a list of occupation specific skills

Both adaptive sites offer extensive work experience and Cooperative Education programs that provide students with on-the-job training while earning credits towards a diploma (30 credits) or a certificate (14 credits or less).

Admission to the Adaptive Program is by referral and application. The referral is typically initiated by the Guidance/Special Education personnel at the student's home school. Students referred to the program have generally experienced academic difficulty in elementary school and are at risk of failure in the composite high school system. The application package, which includes academic testing and a Transitions Referral Form, must be completed for each applicant. The Adaptive Program ensures that every student in the District has a viable and positive pathway to success.

Students residing in the OCDSB east region will attend Ottawa Technical Secondary School. Students residing in the OCDSB west region will attend Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School. Additional information about the Adaptive Program is available at the two schools or through the District website www.ocdsb.ca

Creative Arts Program (Arts Canterbury)

A District Arts Program, known as Arts Canterbury, is offered at Canterbury High School. The program gives students the opportunity to do an in-depth study of one of Dance (Modern and Ballet), Drama, Literary Arts, Music (Wind or Stringed Instruments and Vocal) or Visual Arts.

Entry to the program is by audition only. Students may audition in only one of the Arts areas offered. The audition process assesses the student's ability and potential in the Arts area chosen, academic achievement, work habits, motivation and Arts background. The auditions are held in February each year for entry into the program the following September.

The Arts Canterbury programs are suitable for students with a high interest and ability in the Arts and academics. Students are required to complete 30 high school credits, designated by the Ministry of Education, to achieve the Ontario Secondary School Diploma including the courses in their special Arts focus area. Students who successfully complete the Arts Canterbury Program will also receive a Fine Arts Certificate recognizing this additional achievement. Although the actual Arts courses take place during the regular school day, students are expected to also participate in music ensembles, productions, recitals and shows that occur outside the school day. It is expected that most students will go on to further studies in either Arts or academic disciplines after completing their OSSD.

For more information on the specific Arts programs, contact the arts coordinator at Canterbury High School at 613-731-1191, ext. 302 or visit the school's website at www.canterburyhs.ocdsb.ca

High Performance Athlete Program:

The High Performance Athlete Program (HPA) is a specialty program located at John McCrae Secondary School in Barrhaven. The program ensures that students endeavouring to maximize their athletic potential receive an education of the highest quality. Provision is made through both traditional and alternative forms of program delivery to support and balance educational goals with athletic goals.

Candidacy for the program is done through an application process that measures the potential level of athletic performance and competition, training needs, academic performance and flexibility. Criteria for admission are available upon request from Program Coordinator, Joe Barnabe, at John McCrae Secondary School.

International Certificate Program:

Through the International Certificate Program (ICP), high school students become informed, engaged and active global citizens who learn about themselves by learning about the world. Participants earn the certificate by: Studying an international language; taking internationally-focused classes; understanding global issues; participating in an internationally focused project of their choice, and more. Global experiences can open doors to postsecondary programs, scholarships and even to careers.
This unique and exciting program was successfully piloted in six OCDSB secondary schools during the 2012-2013 school year, with expansion to 19 schools expected by the end of 2015-2016. The program is receiving both provincial and national recognition among several significant individuals, organizations and institutions. Graduates of the program receive the certificate at a special ceremony and reception held each June within the Ottawa region. The schools offering the International Certificate in 2014-2015 are A.Y. Jackson SS, Bell HS, Canterbury HS, Earl of March SS, Glebe CI, Gloucester HS, Hillcrest HS, Lisgar CI, Longfields-Davidson Heights SS, Nepean HS, Merivale HS, Ridgemont HS, Sir Robert Borden HS, Woodroffe HS, Brookfield HS, Elizabeth Wyn Wood Alternate, and Rideau HS. Both West Carleton Secondary School and South Carleton High School are scheduled to join the ICP in September 2015.

You must enrol in the OCDSB International Certificate Program with your school's International Certificate Advisor. For more information, see the International Certificate Program page at http://www.ocdsb.ca/programs/int/Pages/icp.aspx


You must enroll in the OCDSB International Certificate Program with your school's International Certificate Advisor.

To be eligible to receive an OCDSB International Studies Certificate you must successfully complete all three components and the summative portfolio task (see links below for more information).

You may be eligible to obtain an "Honours" designation on your certificate by completing additional work and time requirements

For further information see the International Certificate Program Information Booklet at www.ocdsb.ca/programs/int/pages/icp.apsx
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