As the nation’s capital city, Ottawa is a top public sector employer in Ontario with Parliament Hill as the centre of Canada’s Federal Government. The city’s real estate market has always been a major draw for civil service employees, however the recent growth of the private sector, with high tech companies such as Telesat, SurveyMonkey, Klipfolio and Shopify moving in, has bolstered the region’s housing demand to new heights.
Ottawa is an excellent place to live. It’s full of gorgeous homes, excellent schools, and lots to do.
If you are one of the many families looking to call the city your new home, it’s wise to check out the top school districts before you purchase one of the Ottawa houses for sale, then pick your real estate accordingly. The region has some great schools that will challenge your children and give them a good education.
To help with your selection process, here is a brief overview of some of the top school districts in Ottawa.
Ottawa-Carleton DSB School District – Elementary Schools
Rockcliffe Park Public School is the best public elementary school in Ottawa, according to the Fraser Institute. The institute gave the school an 8.6 out of 10, and for good reason. Students perform well here, and you can expect your child to be ready for secondary school upon graduation.
Elmdale Public School is another top choice. Students typically perform at or above average at this school.
CSDC du Centre-Est de l’Ontario School District – Elementary Schools
Catholic schools are a popular option in Ontario. Many students choose École élémentaire catholique George-Étienne-Cartier or École élémentaire catholique Marius-Barbeau. Your children will receive a proper education at either school.
CÉP de l’Est de l’Ontario School District – Secondary Schools
École secondaire publique De La Salle is one of the best secondary schools in Ottawa. In 2017, 100 percent of the students passed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) at this school. You can give your children a leg up by enrolling them here.
Ottawa-Carleton DSB School District – Secondary Schools
If you want to keep your children in the Ottawa-Carleton DSB, consider Lisgar Collegiate Institute. The school has a high pass rate for the OSSLT, and the gender gap is relatively low.
Canterbury High School is another top choice. The school had a slight problem with a gender gap on the OSSLT. But it has worked to close that, and the results have been excellent.
CSDC du Centre-Est de l’Ontario School District – Secondary Schools
Your kids can continue with a Catholic education when they move onto secondary school. ÉSC Paul-Desmarais is the top secondary school in the CSDC du Centre-Est de l’Ontario school district. The test scores are impressive, and almost 99 percent passed the OSSLT in 2017.
Ottawa CDSB School District – Secondary School
You can also send your kids to a Catholic school in the Ottawa CDSB district. Students have made improvements on the OSSLT at Immaculate High School in recent years, and you can expect those improvements to keep coming. Consider looking for Ottawa houses for sale near this school.