Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) offers international students the opportunity to study in a welcoming and diverse school community rooted in faith and values. We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) in all elementary (K-6) and intermediate schools (7-8) and have 6 high schools that offer ESL. We offer unique programs such as Focus Programs, Specialist High Skills Majors [], and a Virtual Academy []. The OCSB takes an innovative approach to incorporating technology into our students’ learning journey. Our Board was selected by the Canadian Education Association as the winning district to be an example for other Canadian school districts on digital transformation within education. Recently one of our Elementary Schools was awarded first place in the National “Classroom of the Future” Challenge based on innovative teaching and learning practices using technology. At every Ottawa Catholic school, we have a Deep Learning approach to education that focusses on helping your child develop global competencies: citizenship, character, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. By developing the whole child, we are creating the leaders of tomorrow. The OCSB participates in the annual Global Deep Learning Lab Conference and we were honoured to receive the prestigious 2019 Deep Learning District of Distinction Award.

Program Established: 2007

Programs Offered: Full Year, 1 Semester

Specialized Programs: French Immersion, Specialist High Skills Major, Virtual Academy

Language(s) of Study: English

Total number of schools: 85

High schools for international students: 5

Total Students: 40,000

Total International Students: 100-200

International Students Accepted for Grades: K-12

Ottawa is a safe, bilingual city filled with parks, museums, galleries, sports teams, shopping, restaurants, the Rideau Canal, nearby sky hills and hiking, world-class hospitals, and embassies. Best of all, Ottawa offers the opportunity to prepare for and attend post-secondary institutions in the area. The arts: Experience the best in art, music, theatre and dance at the National Arts Centre and National Art Gallery. Entertainment: Learn about Canada and the world at one of our 17 incredible museums. Or catch a game with our professional sports teams – hockey, football, soccer and basketball. Top post-secondary schools: Carleton University, University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, Algonquin College, Dominican University College, Collège La Cité. Nature: Get outdoors with great ski hills, beaches and the best hiking and bike trails at Gatineau Park. City life: A vibrant downtown with a large market, shopping centre and the Rideau Canal – the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world! Ottawa is the heart and Capital of Canada!

Nearest Airport: Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)

Entrance Dates: September & February for 9-12. September for K-8 (sometimes flexible).

Application Deadlines: At least three months prior to start date

Application Fee: $400

Full Year Tuition Fee: $13,000 (K-8) $14,000 (9-12)

1 Semester Tuition Fee: $7,000 (9-12)

Annual Homestay Placement Fee: N/A

Annual homestay fee, monthly fee, custodianship fee: fees set by MLI homestay (

Annual Health Insurance Fee: $450

Annual Custodianship Fee: N/A

All funds are in Canadian dollars

Jenny Perla Leon

Manager, International Recruitment & Development


Phone: 1-416-898-2904

Ottawa Catholic School Board 570 West Hunt Club Rd Ottawa, Ontario, Canada