Your Guide to Ottawa High Schools (Central Edition)

Your Guide to Ottawa High Schools (Central Edition)

Your Guide to Ottawa High Schools (Central Edition)

If you have children, house shopping needs to be more involved than simply the house itself. Choosing the right school district for your children can sway your decision on a house purchase. Even if your children are still young, it’s amazing how quickly the years can fly by. One day they’re in diapers, the next they’re walking the stage at Commencement. Ottawa has some excellent high schools, each one offering something special for your children to set them on the right path for future success. Here’s a quick guide to some central Ottawa high schools and what you can expect from each.

Brookfield High School

  • 824 Brookfield Rd, Ottawa, ON – in the Riverside Park neighborhood
  • Part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Esteemed music program offering musical instrument exposure and enrichment. Various different bands available to join. Bands have been awarded numerous medals and awards over the years and continue to do so making it a desirable school to attend if you are musically inclined.
  • Offers instruction in Arabic
  • Notable alumni: NHL player Marc Methot, Olympic medallist Kristina Groves, comedian Jon Dore

Canterbury High School

  • 900 Canterbury Avenue, Ottawa, ON – in the Elmvale Acres neighborhood
  • Part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Offers one of the broadest ranges of sports in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board – wrestling, rowing, swimming, volleyball, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, water polo, curling, ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, rugby, and track and field
  • Known specifically for its focus on the arts:
    • Literary Arts
    • Dramatic Arts
    • Music
    • Visual Arts
    • Dance
  • Notable alumni: NHL player Brian Campbell, actor Jessica Holmes, filmmaker Alexander Carson

Glebe Collegiate Institute

  • 212 Glebe Ave, Ottawa, ON – in the Glebe neighborhood
  • Part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • The most advanced newly renovated science labs in all of Ottawa
  • Has one of the highest student population in the OCDSB
  • Wide range of programs offered such as French Immersion, English as second language, special education, and a gifted bilingual program
  • Heritage building built in 1922
  • Notable alumni: musician Alanis Morissette, news anchor Peter Mansbridge, politician John Manley

Hillcrest High School

  • 1900 Dauphin Rd, Ottawa, ON – in the Elmvale Acres neighborhood
  • Part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • A very diverse student body encompassing over 100 different countries
  • Many Ottawa 67s players (OHL) attend
  • Offers a University Advanced Program wherein student extend classroom learning with activities and travel
  • Notable alumni: NHL player Logan Couture, singer Massari

Lisgar Collegiate Institute

  • 29 Lisgar St, Ottawa, ON – in the Centretown neighborhood near Parliament Hill
  • Part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Known for its gifted student’s program and academic extracurriculars.
  • Highly ranked high school in Ontario
  • Home of theOttawa-Carleton Educational Space Simulation since 1990
  • Notable alumni: former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, news anchor Peter Jennings, impressionist Rich Little, actor Matthew Perry

Nepean High School

  • 574 Broadview Ave, Ottawa, ON – in the Westboro neighborhood
  • Part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Strong academic success rate with the majority of graduates pursuing higher education after graduation
  • High population of almost 1200 students each year
  • Notable alumni: musician Bruce Cockburn, entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary

Woodroffe High School

  • 2410 Georgina Dr, Ottawa, ON – in the Lincoln Fields neighborhood
  • Part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Known for musical theater and dance
  • Welcoming of international students with an excellent English as Second Language program
  • Offers French and Spanish programs
  • Notable alumni:

When you want to buy a home in Ottawa, school quality matters a lot if you have children or plan to grow the family. Our Ottawa real estate agents have a strong understanding of the local community and can help zero in a home that checks all the boxes for you, including the right school district. Get in touch to learn more!