Facts about Ottawa’s public schools

Posted: September 23, 2010 in Miscellaneous

In the spirit of education, I thought I would share some important facts about public education in Ottawa. Look at the numbers and judge for yourself:  should I care about these elections and my choice for Trustee??

  • 148 schools – 117 elementary, 26 secondary including the Adult High School and five secondary alternate schools
  • As of March 2010, 47,929 elementary students and 24,123 in secondary schools
  • Over 2,600 full-time equivalent elementary teachers and over 1,500 at our high schools
  • Seventh largest school board in Ontario
  • The OCDSB has an operating budget of over $700 million, almost a third of the entire City of Ottawa’s budget
  • Projected budget deficit of about $14 million
  • In Zone 6Alta Vista / Rideau-Rockcliffe: 4846 elementary and 3451 secondary students
  • Canterbury is the second largest high school in the Board
  • Vincent Massey is the largest elementary school in the Zone and close behind is Alta Vista
  • The August 23rd, 2004 edition of Maclean’s magazine rated Canada’s best high schools. Canterbury is featured prominently as the best high school for the arts in the country.
  • As far as I can tell, Rockcliffe Park Public School is the oldest school in the Zone – founded in 1922.
  • Famous OCDSB alumni include Jessica Holmes (Canterbury), Bruce Cockburn (Nepean), Matthew Perry (Rockcliffe Park PS), Tom Green (Colonel By), Sandra Oh (Sir Robert Borden), and many, many more.

Want to learn more about Ottawa’s public schools? Go to the OCDSB site. Or ask one of the Trustee candidates.


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