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Register your child in an OCSB school

Whether your child is just entering kindergarten for the first time or transferring from another school, we’re happy to help you register your child for school with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Use our online school locator to find your child's “home” school based on your residential address. Then, use the tools on this page to plan for your child's educational journey with the OCSB. Register at anytime in one of our schools!

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Kindergarten: Where dreams take off!
Kindergarten registration is now open!

Children who will be 4 years old by December 31 are eligible to start kindergarten in September! Learn more about the kindergarten play-based learning model,  and our 50% French program for all kindergarten students. 

More about kindergarten

Prepare your registration forms

Find out what registration forms and documents you will need before going in person to register your child for school. Don’t forget to collect all of the supporting documents you need to register such as your child’s birth certificate, proof of address and immunization records.

Registration forms and documents

Catholic students and space availability

Children who are baptized Catholic, or have a parent who is Catholic, are automatically eligible for registration in their community OCSB school. Non-Catholic children will be welcomed on a space availability basis. Your child's name will be placed on a waiting list, and you will be contacted as soon as space is available. At this time, there is space available in all of our elementary schools. Our secondary schools are always open to ALL students.

Newcomers to Canada

If you’re new to Ottawa or Canada, and English is not your first language, we can help you register your child for school! Our Family Welcome Centre staff will work with you to make sure your child gets a great education.  We proudly embrace diversity and welcome students from all countries. Learn more about how we make a special effort to help international students adjust to life in a new country.

Registration tools

Before and after school care

Extended day programs are offered in most of our elementary schools. Some schools even offer licensed toddler and preschool programs for the years before they begin kindergarten. 

Find child care options


Yellow school bus route schedules are available each year by the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA). Eligibility is determined by your child's grade level and distance from your home or caregiver address. Find out if you are in the walkzone, or if your child is eligible for transportation.

Visit OSTA's website

French pathways

ocsb french pathways infographicEvery school in the Ottawa Catholic School Board offers French Immersion and Extended French or Core French pathways for students. This means your child can learn French at your neighbourhood school, regardless of the French pathway they choose.

More about French