Top 10 High Schools in Ottawa

So, the time has come — time to start considering sending your beloved children off to high school. Where have the years gone?! We’re not too sure… but, what we are sure of, is that we can help guide you to make the best choice of high schools in the city of Ottawa — ranging from Catholic, Public, French, and Arts — so you can send your teenager(s) off to the best high school, in the best neighbourhood!

University Magazine has compiled their list of the best high schools in Ottawa, and we thought it was pretty great! We’ve decided to examine their choices and give a bit of information on each of the top 10 high schools in Ottawa, and the communities they’re located in.

Top 10 High Schools in Ottawa:

At the number 10 spot is Franco-Cité High School (École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité), a French Catholic school, apart of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). Franco-Cité is located in the community of Riverview (a.k.a. Riverview Park). Riverview is a centrally located neighbourhood and is well-known for its abundance of hospitals/medical centres and lush green spaces — Coronation Park, Riverview Park, and Balena Park — just to name a few. Riverview is bordered by the communities of Alta Vista, Eastway Gardens, Cyrville, Sheffield Glen, Old Ottawa South, and Sandy Hill. Making Franco-Cité High School easily accessible from these areas of the city.

Ranked at number 9, St. Paul High School is a Catholic high school, operating under the Ottawa Catholic School Board. This school serves the residents of Nepean, and is located in the west-end area of Qualicum-Graham Park. Qualicum is a quieter, residential area with the Queensway Carelton Hospital, Bayshore Mall, and Pinecrest Shopping Centre located nearby. This neighbourhood is bordered by the communities of Bayshore, Foster Farm, Redwood, Leslie Park, Bells Corners, and Lakeview. So, if you live in any of these neighbourhoods, St. Paul High School just might be the right fit!

Sitting at number 8, we have Immaculata High School, which, just like St. Paul High School — is also a Catholic-oriented high school under the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Immaculata was originally founded in 1928 as an all-girls school. Located in the central neighbourhood of Old Ottawa East, this school is in a great location and is close to the Rideau Canal, Pretoria Bridge, Lees OC Transpo station, and Springhurst Park. Neighbourhoods that are nearby Immaculata High School are Sandy Hill, Overbrook, Riverview, Old Ottawa South, The Glebe, and Centretown.

The number 7 spot goes to Cairine Wilson Secondary School which is a public high school under the Ottawa-Carelton District School Board. Caririne Wilson Secondary School has been around since 1975 and was named after Canada’s first female Senator. Cairine Wilson is ideally located nearby the Ottawa River in the Orleans area, in the Hiawatha Park neighbourhood. Also nearby is Convent Glen Shopping Centre, Ottawa Fire Station 52, Luc Major Park, and much more. Conveniently close neighbourhoods include Convent Glen, Chapel Hill, and Queenswood Heights.

Number 6 on the list is the Glebe Collegiate Institute, a public high school under the Ottawa-Carelton District School Board. Founded in 1923, the Glebe Collegiate Institute is located in the highly sought-after neighbourhood of the same name-sake. Ideally located, the Glebe is home to endless shopping and convenience. Nearby the Glebe Collegiate Institue is the Glebe Community Centre, Lansdowne Park, Dow’s Lake, and much more. Surrounding neighbourhoods of the Glebe are Centretown, Rideau Gardens, Old Ottawa South, the Glebe Annex, and Chinatown.

Paul-Desmarais High School has taken the number 5 spot on the list. Paul-Desmarais is a French Catholic school and operates under the CECCE school board. Located in the Stittsville area, this school is a great option for those looking for a French-language school while also focusing on the Catholic faith. Conveniently situated near Kanata, Paul-Desmarais is nearby endless amenities and services including parks, schools, dining, and more.

Number 4 on the list is Canterbury High School, which is a public high school under the Ottawa-Carelton District School Board. One of the many reasons why Canterbury is highly-rated is because of its reputable arts program that they offer to their students, making this a magnet art school for Ottawa. Meaning, students from all over the city can apply to attend Canterbury to take advantage of their arts programming. Canterbury High School is relatively centrally located — in the Elmvale Acres neighbourhood. Although, students can attend from far-and-wide, these neighbourhoods are conveniently close to Elmvale Acres: Alta Vista, Vanier, Hunt Club, The Glebe, Overbrook, and Gloucester.

Starting off the top 3 on the list is Lisgar Collegiate Institute. Lisgar Collegiate Institute is also a public high school within the Ottawa-Carelton District School Board. Lisgar has been well-known over the years for its academic achievement and prestige. Located in the the Centretown/Golden Triangle area of Downtown Ottawa, this school is ideally situated near the Corktown Footbridge along the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. Also nearby is Confederation Park, the National Arts Centre, as well as many Government buildings and other downtown amenities. Lisgar High School serves the communities of Sandy Hill, New Edinburgh, Centretown, and Rockcliffe Park. As well as many students commuting in from other parts of the city. Other communities that are close-by that may be convenient for a transfer to Lisgar are: Lowertown, Old Ottawa East, The Glebe, Centretown West, and LeBreton Flats.

Number 2 on the list is the public school, Nepean High School. Like many others, Nepean operates under the Ottawa-Carelton District School Board and is in the sought-after neighbourhood of Westboro. Tucked away on a nice, residential street — Nepean High School is close to Dovercourt Recreation Centre, McKellar Park, Tillbury Park, and not to mention many places to eat and shop on both Carling Avenue and Richmond Road. Neighbourhoods nearby that may be convenient for enrollment are Carlingwood, Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, and Wellington West.

At the top of the list, sitting at number 1, is De La Salle High School (École secondaire publique De La Salle). De La Salle is a French Public School that operates under the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CÉPEO). What makes this school special is, like Canterbury, De La Salle is a magnet art school tending to both junior high and high school students. However, unlike Caterbury, De La Salle is a French language school. Located in the central neighbourhood of Lowertown, De La Salle is conveniently situated near the Rideau River, Jules Morin Park, and the many shops and dining spots in the ByWard Market. Neighbourhoods nearby that may make an easy commute are ByWard Market, New Edinburgh, Vanier, and Sandy Hill.

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