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Family Welcome Centre for Newcomers

If you’re new to Ottawa, or Canada, and English is not your first language, we can help you register your child for school! Make an appointment today to meet with our experienced, and knowledgeable staff.

Register at our Summer Registration Centre

We're open all summer to register your child in an OCSB school. Visit us at 570 West Hunt Club Road in Nepean to register your child in Kindergarten to Grade 6, open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm until August 24. 

School supplies

OCSB schools do not have mandatory school supplies, but we recommend indoor shoes, a backpack, and a lunch pail. Our schools create their own suggested list of items and notify families during the first week of school.

Sync your calendar: School begins September 4, 2018

Take a peek at the 2018-2019 school year calendar. Add our digital calendar to your own personal calendars and devices to keep track of important dates. Photo: @msaudraabro #IamStPats

School Bus & Pedestrian Safety Day on August 26

Don't let your child's first day of school be the first time they learn about school bus and pedestrian safety. Visit one of seven locations in Ottawa for an interactive and informative (free) day of fun!

Keep kids in school with the CANImmunize App

CANImmunize is a digital tool for Canadians that securely stores your vaccination records and helps you get vaccinated on time. Avoid school suspensions with vaccination reporting to Ottawa Public Health.

Find the right child care arrangements for your family

Before and after school care, nursery school, toddler and preschool programs, and more. Register now and organize the next school year. Photo: @OttCatholicSB

St. Isabel Catholic School Opening September 2018

Our newest JK-6 school is opening in September 2018 in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North, offering French immersion, before and after school care, and a pre-school childcare centre. Photo: @StIsabelOCSB

OCSB Notices

Open the tabs below to stay connected with important notices and alerts related to how our Board operates as a school district.

Notice: Have your say. Vote for your OCSB Trustee.

Ensuring you have a voice in in the upcoming municipal election means ensuring you are on the voter’s list so that you can vote for an OCSB Trustee. By default, everyone’s school support is automatically directed to the “English Public” school. This means that you may need to proactively change your direction of school support (taxes) to “English Separate” in order to vote for an OCSB Trustee. Update your status quickly and easily at Learn more.

Notice: 2018 Municipal election process for Trustees

The next regular municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. This includes election for the office of school board Trustee. A candidate for school board trustee must be eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election under Section 219 of the Education Act. View supporting resources, election key dates, and the live listing of 2018 nominated municipal candidates.

Notice: Cannabis: What Parents Need to Know

Browse this fact sheet on recreational cannabis. It provides information about legalization, risks, how to help your child, and where to get more information and support. Read more.

Notice: Specialized programs for high performance athletes & artists

Some of our high school students are high performing athletes and artists with demanding training and competition schedules. We recognize the need to provide flexibility to our elite athletes and artists so that they may continue to train at the provincial, national, and international level in their disciplines, while continuing with their academic studies. Our secondary schools provide a variety of supports for our high performing athletes and artists which may include:

  • personalized timetabling
  • flexible attendance expectations to suit training and competition schedules
  • later school start times
  • access to e-learning
  • access to our Achievement Centres (flexible learning environment)
  • a staff mentor/advocate
  • assignment completion accommodations
  • support in accessing summer school learning opportunities

Please contact your community OCSB school to find out more about the supports that may be available for your child.

Notice: Approved 2018-2019 balanced operating budget

News Release 18.06 June 12, 2018 | The OCSB has approved a balanced operating budget for the 2018-2019 school year totalling $548.6 million. The budget was developed with input from our stakeholders including the Catholic School Council Parents’ Association (CSPA), the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), employee groups, and the Student Senate. This budget reflects new and significant investments by the province and supports the strategic commitments of the OCSB.

Keep connected with the OCSB Blog

Catch a glimpse of what’s buzzing in the OCSB community. Do you have news, an idea or story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it. Email your story or idea to

All in a rope of yarn: A student blog about Deep Learning and Social Emotional Learning

All in a rope of yarn: A student blog about Deep Learning and Social Emotional Learning

On the last day of school, me and my Grade 2 class made a “finger-knitting” rope that stretched around our whole school, St. Leonard’s. My friend Ethan showed Ms. White, my teacher, some of the finger-knitting he was doing, and Ms. White wanted for the class to work together to show each other how to do it. I watched a pair of two people and learned all on my own. Then, we had this great idea that we could try and make it around the whole school. It took from November until the last day of class. That’s almost the whole year! We all finger-knitted during our free time at school when we wanted to, and Ms. White let us do it on some Friday afternoons. Ms. White even had yarn in the prize bin in class.

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Future Ready! OCSB students demonstrate their skills on the national stage

Future Ready! OCSB students demonstrate their skills on the national stage

This year, 35 students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board had the exciting experience of competing in the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition in Toronto. Supported by their proud teachers, these students were challenged to put their skilled trades and technology skills to use as they were presented with timed challenges that pushed their abilities to the limit.

Among these 35 dedicated students were Christopher Hearty and Heejo Suh from St. Mother Teresa High School. They were given a small time window to create a complex 3D character animation, utilizing skills they learned in Mario Francoeur’s technology class. With their versatile skill set in sketch modelling, animatics, character rigging, time management, and teamwork, they were able to take home a gold medal and move onto the Skills Canada National Competition.

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Congratulations to our two first place French public speaking winners

Congratulations to our two first place French public speaking winners

Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) welcomed over 300 students from 22 school boards and 11 independent schools from across Ontario on May 5, 2018 for the 34th annual provincial French public-speaking event at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto.

Students presented an original speech before a panel of officials recruited by the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association (OMLTA). Students in grades 9 to 12 participated in a competitive concours in both the traditional and impromptu divisions for cash prizes and partial scholarships to Glendon College and the University of Ottawa. For the impromptu category, students were given minimal time to prepare their ideas on a randomly selected topic before presenting their “speech” and answering questions on their selected topic.

Congratulations to Sebastian Nicoll, a St. Paul High School Grade 10 student, and Emma Jorge, a St. Pius X High School Grade 9 student, who placed first in the francophone and extended categories of the impromptu speech category, respectively.

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News From the Boardroom (June 26, 2018): Parent involvement improves because of devoted volunteers

News From the Boardroom (June 26, 2018): Parent involvement improves because of devoted volunteers

During the last Board meeting of the school year, the Board of Trustees and senior administration from the OCSB bid a fond and thankful farewell to outgoing members of the Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA), Cathy Philpott and Susan Elsdon. Photo above (from left to right: Joanne MacEwan, Vice Chairperson; Susan Elsdon; Elaine McMahon, Chairperson; and Cathy Philpott.

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