OCDSB schools provide instruction from Kindergarten to grade 12. Secondary schools offer courses of varying levels of difficulty designed to prepare the student for university, college or the workplace. Students requiring extra English instruction will benefit from the school board’s integration of English as a Second Language (ESL) programming within the regular secondary school curriculum.
Students have a wide selection of courses from which to choose and are encouraged to take courses that will prepare them for postsecondary studies. OCDSB secondary schools offer courses in a variety of subjects, including computer studies, business, biology, physics, geography, economics, international languages, music, physical and health education, calculus, accounting, algebra, law and more. Students who are not confident in their English ability are able to study English intensively and acculturate before starting school at the Young People’s Language School of Canada (YPLS). In association with the international student program, YPLS offers students English for Academic Purposes and introduces the organizational and social skills that give them a foundation to help them better adjust and succeed at a high school or university in Canada.
Program Established: 1997
Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester, Short Term, Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Teacher Training
Language(s) of Study: English
Total number of schools: 147
High schools for international students: 25
Total Students: 70,000
Total International Students: 525
International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12
Nearest Airport: Ottawa International Airport
Ottawa, the nation’s capital, is a showcase for Canadian history and culture and a leading centre for education, high technology, life sciences, medical sciences and biotechnology sectors. The reputation of its universities and colleges attracts students from across Canada and from around the world.
More Reasons to Study in Ottawa
In order to be successful in school, it is important that students have a stable, caring and comfortable home life. The goal of the homestay program therefore is to provide students with a home-away-from home by placing them with families who:
Each of our host families is visited and interviewed by the homestay coordinator and undergoes a background check. The homestay coordinator monitors students throughout their stay and provides support to both students and host families.
Benefits of Homestay
Students are welcome to participate in competitive and non competitive sports, including: badminton, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, rugby, soccer, track and field, football, rowing, and volleyball. Students can also join a wide variety of clubs and activity groups such as band, chess, choir, computer, drama, homework, photography, skiing & snowboarding, and the student council.
Entrance Dates: September & February
Application Fee: $400
Full Year Tuition Fee: $14,800
1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,400
Annual Homestay Placement Fee: $400
Homestay Fee: $7,222 for one semester or $12,807 for the full year
Annual Health Insurance Fee: $600
Annual Custodianship Fee: included in tuition
All funds are in Canadian dollars
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