The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario serving students within a 2,760 square kilometre area known as the city of Ottawa. We are the seventh largest board by school population in the province of Ontario. Our students are based out of 150 schools - 119 elementary including two special education sites, 26 secondary including the Adult High School, and 5 secondary alternate sites. We offer education for all, education for life at the OCDSB!
Students & staff
There are over 70,000 students in our District - each contributing their own talents, thoughts and creativity to our community of character. The OCDSB has over 9,000 full-time and part-time staff. Inspiring learning and building citizenship requires dedicated employees who are on the front lines and behind the scenes of our schools. All of our employees are dedicated to student success
Schools and Programs
We have 147 school sites - 116 elementary including two special education sites, 26 secondary including the Adult High School, and 5 secondary alternate sites.
Our elementary schools provide English with Core French, Early French Immersion (EFI), and Middle French Immersion (MFI), which are delivered in single, dual, and triple-track schools. Six schools offer the Alternative Elementary Program. Our secondary schools offer a wide variety of programs including French Immersion, Extended French, an International Baccalaurate Program, an Arts Program, and High-performance Athlete programs.
Beginning September 2016, all kindergarten programs will be 50% English and 50% French. The entry point for Early French Immersion will move to grade 1. All students in grades 1 through 3, enrolled in Early French Immersion, will have math instruction in English beginning in September 2016
Inclusive, Safe and Caring
The OCDSB is actively involved in promoting inclusive, safe and caring schools. We are dedicated to working with all of our communities and neighbourhoods to ensure that our students can learn in a safe, secure and welcoming school. Your Child is Safe with Us!
The OCDSB is internationally recognized as a quality provider of educational programs and experiences.
In addition to the wide variety of programs offered to OCDSB students, international students can also come to the OCDSB through the Ottawa-Education Network (OCENET). Those students come to improve their English, make friends, learn about a new culture, and/or prepare for post-secondary education. Everyone is welcome here.
The OCDSB is committed to supporting, encouraging, and enhancing meaningful parental involvement. Parents and guardians are a key to a child's success in school as they ensure students are learning through collaboration
The OCDSB believes that everyone is a leader. Through the "lead the way" initiative, we seek to support the creativity, inspiration and innovation of every member of our District. This allows the OCDSB to be on the cutting edge of fostering leadership!
The annual budget process is an important element of our corporate planning at the OCDSB. The budget is the allocation of resources which support our strategic plan, annual district goals and school improvement planning.
The annual budget process is perhaps the most challenging of all of our corporate planning processes because it brings us to the point where we can no longer focus on what we want to do, but rather what can we afford to do? There are a number of limitations which add to the pressure of the budget process, including, but in no way limited to the fact that almost all school board funding comes by way of provincial grants, the timing of the grants, the complexity of grant formulas and envelope funding, the number of special purpose and ad hoc grants, conflicting timelines between staffing, grant announcements, budget recommendation and budget approval. Learn more about the budget process on the Financial Information webpage.
Students are always our primary focus and we are committed to offering programs and services which challenge all students to achieve their personal best. We make efficient, effective, and innovative use of resources, based on sound planning, and the best available information. The budget allocates available resources to address student needs.