Frequently Asked Questions
This video was created to answer many questions that you may have about OCS.
Why do parents choose Ottawa Christian School?
Parents are partners in education at OCS and choose an education in which Christ is taught as the Lord and center of all things.
- having their children taught by Christian teachers
- the opportunity for Christian friendships for their children
- a school where children are taught to live responsibly before the Lord
- a place that is an extension of the home, that nurtures their faith and what is taught in the home
- strong academic standards
- co-operative relationships with Christian teachers
We believe that God has ordered creation in a way that makes knowledge possible and that every subject has its basis in Him. The school provides our children with a solid foundation for taking their place in society as God’s people.
Are the teachers Christians?
A unique feature of this interdenominational school is its staff of qualified teachers chosen for their professional qualifications and commitment to Jesus Christ. All staff belong to the Ontario Christian School Teacher’s Association. The association sponsors continuing educational and professional activities. Please take a look at the staff profiles.
Do the children wear uniforms?
Children are expected to dress modestly according to the school dress code. Uniforms are not required.
What are your class hours?
Classes begin at 8:25 and finish at 3:10. Senior and Junior Kindergarten are held full days Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Optional Extended Kindergarten is held full days on Tuesday and Thursday for both JK and SK students. For more info on this program see Extended Kindergarten Program.
How do children get to and from school?
A bus is available from Barrhaven, Nepean, Kanata, Stittsville and central Ottawa. Many parents carpool or drive their children to school each day which adds to the sense of community the school enjoys.
Are academics strong?
Our teachers work diligently with their students and encourage them to reach their full potential. Our students complete standardized testing and consistently achieve superior results compared to their peers in other schools. Ottawa Christian School meets or exceeds provincial standards.
What other subjects are taught?
Core French, music, computer skills, art and physical education are taught at all grade levels. We offer a well equipped computer lab, extra curricular athletic teams, band, along with a junior and senior choir.
What about gifted and children who need extra help?
At Ottawa Christian School we seek to develop the gifts and abilities that God has given to each child. Given the unique situation of each child it is best to arrange to meet with our principal to discuss your individual needs. Some children at OCS have Individual Education Plans (IEP) to meet their specific needs.
How long has the school been in operation?
The school has operated successfully since 1966, following receiving its provincial charter. Today, as in the past, God’s provision is being seen as the school continues to grow.
What do parents do?
We believe that education is a parental responsibility and that school is an extension of the home. OCS is therefore a membership directed school. Through an elected board, association meetings, and committees, what you say is listened to and acted on. Parents and other concerned community members who agree with the constitution, join the O.C.S. Association and, thereby, have the privilege to vote on school business matters at the semi-annual meetings.
How do I enrol?
Just give us a call at 613-825-3000 to arrange a visit with the Principal and staff. The enrollment process and forms can also be found here.