OCDSB International Certificate Program expands to more local secondary schools



The pilot of the new International Certificate Program ran throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Almost 100 students from Grade 9-12 are enrolled in the program and 23 graduating students received their certificates at a special reception held at the Korean Embassy in June which was attended by OCDSB Trustee Chair Jennifer Mackenzie and Director of Education Jennifer Adams.

The purpose of this innovative program is “to recognize and honour students who demonstrate a commitment to being motivated, engaged and active global citizens.”

The certificate program requires students to complete three specific components with an emphasis on knowledge of an additional international language including English or French as well as intercultural communication, globally focused courses, and an international engagement and experience activity. A final step involves the creation and presentation of a portfolio of their learning.

This program has generated a great deal of interest amongst OCDSB students, parents and educators. In addition, local post-secondary institutions are formally recognizing the benefits of this type of program.

In addition to the original pilot high schools of A.Y. Jackson S.S., Bell HS, Gloucester HS, Hillcrest HS, Lisgar CI and Ridgemont HS, an expansion plan has been approved as indicated below:

September 2013
(Semester 1)

February 2014
(Semester 2)

September 2014
(Semester 1)

  • Longfields-Davidson Heights SS

  • Woodroffe HS

  • Nepean HS

  • Merivale HS

  • Glebe CI

  • Sir Robert Borden SS

  • Earl of March SS

  • Canterbury HS

  • Osgoode THS


The OCDSB International Certificate Program booklet is available on line HERE



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