Our School

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We acknowledge that our learning is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory. We thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us and recognize their enduring presence on this land.

Our School

Cairine Wilson is truly a community school. We take seriously the aphorism that “it takes a village” to educate a human being and we are a key part of that village. As a community, we raise our students to be critical thinkers, to strive for academic excellence, and to be lifelong learners. We also raise our students to be citizens of the world, which means they are helping those who are less fortunate through service and leadership, being compassionate, seeking justice, and living with integrity. At Cairine Wilson, we know that the future starts here, in our classrooms, with each and every student who enters.

We are proud to offer a wide range of quality programming, including: Advanced Placement courses recognized by many Canadian and American Universities;French Immersion leading to a French Immersion Certificate; DELF certification, Outdoor Education leading to Canoe Trips, Wilderness First Aid, and White Water certification; Link Crew grade 9 mentorship; Transportation Technology, Foods and Nutrition, Comparative World Religions, World Issues and Law. We have a vibrant Arts Program including Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, and Theatrical Production. We also offer Communications Technology and Computer Science courses. Character education and development are integrated into all our programs.

Our Staff

Cairine Wilson’s staff includes 51 dedicated teachers, administrators, support staff and custodians. Collectively they boast a wealth of experiences and professional qualifications including Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Physical Education, Guidance, Math and Science, as well as additional qualifications in Business, Special Education, Dramatic and Visual Arts, Guidance, Cooperative Education, and Computers in Education to serve students. Several staff members are working on their Doctorates. Along with award-winning academics, our staff has designed an extensive roster of co-curricular activities that include interscholastic athletics, arts and many opportunities for student leadership training and development including LINK crew.

Our Community

Cairine Wilson is truly a community school and our community partners are treasured assets. Partners such as CHEO, OPHA, the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa-Carleton Region al Police , and Public Health provide input and resources to our school’s many programs. In the true spirit of partnership, our students willingly give back to the community. Our student leaders are Me to We partners with the Keilberger Foundation. Embedded with the spirit of community responsibility, our students have raised over $250,000 for the Relay for Life. Our School Council is very active in its advisory role.

Our Students

Cairine Wilson SS has a rich combination of urban and rural students. The school has an enrolment of approximately 775 students. Enriching our student population are 20 students from our Developmentally Delayed classrooms. These classrooms assist students in acquiring important life skills in a regular school setting as they transition to life in the community after high school. Our students are committed to academic and personal success while exhibiting a high level of participation, initiative, and motivation. After graduation, a large majority of our students attend university or college with many gaining scholarships

Programs and Services

Cairine Wilson prides itself on its academic program. Along with our core departments of Science, Mathematics, English and Social Science, we offer programs in the areas of French Immersion, Co-operative Education, Outdoor Education, and Fine Arts (Drama, Visual Arts, Music). Additional curriculum foci include the integration of technology into the curriculum by providing opportunities for students that include direct, hands-on experiences in courses such as Food & Nutrition, Transportation Technology, Computer Technology, and Entrepreneurial Studies.

We offer Advanced Placement courses which are recognized by American and Canadian Universities when granting advanced standing in undergraduate degree programs. Cairine Wilson Secondary School is a semestered Grade 9 to 12 community school offering Applied, Academic and We offer College, University and Advanced Placement classes at the Grade 11 and 12 levels. Open courses are available at all grade levels as well as locally developed courses in mathematics at the grade 9 level and a workplace course at the grade 11 level. We also offer an Outdoor Education Certificate and Advanced Placement courses for our University-bound students. We are dedicated to keeping our pupil/teacher ratio small. We provide individualized timetables and programs to meet student needs which cannot be addressed with our regular programming. Special Education and ESL Programs

Remedial support and educational assessments with our Learning Support Team Pyramid of interventions for all students in support of student success Student Success Teacher with responsibilities in credit recovery, guidance, and learning support for students Academic opportunities for students to complete homework and assignments at the Student Success Center Grade 9 locally developed programs combining Mathematics and Learning Strategies. The Student Support “Green Room”, staffed by 2 teachers and 2 EAs to support students with homework and summatives both during the school day and after school Mini-Alternative program for students requiring alternative teaching styles. A Developmentally Delayed Unit serving 20 students.

Mission Statement

We raise our students to be critical thinkers, to strive for academic excellence, and to be lifelong learners. We also raise our students to be citizens of the world which means they are helping those who are less fortunate with service and leadership, being compassionate, seeking justice and living with integrity. At Cairine Wilson we know that the future starts here, in our classrooms with each and every student who enters.

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