International Certificate gains recognition

OCDSB International Certificate gains recognition


Students who complete the ICP receive a special certificate that is increasingly being recognized by post-secondary institutions

The new OCDSB International Certificate, which was piloted successfully in six local high schools last year, is now expanding to three more high schools each semester in a gradual “roll out” to secondary schools as indicated in the chart below. There are now close to 150 students enrolled in the program across the OCDSB.

Overview of the ICP
The purpose of this certificate is to recognize students who have demonstrated a commitment to being motivated, engaged and active global citizens. Students must have obtained at least one high school credit in an international language besides English or French, completed at least four designated courses that have a specific international or cultural focus, and participated in an international experience and engagement opportunity through a student exchange or study tour, or through local activities with an international NGO or with school or community involvement. The last requirement involves students preparing a comprehensive portfolio which requires students to address the topic of why it is important to be a globally informed citizen in today’s world.

Growing Recognition
There has been a great deal of interest in the ICP. Many students and parents are inquiring about the program. Principals and teachers are very interested. Local media has highlighted the OCDSB International Certificate in recent articles appearing in The Ottawa Citizen and Centretown News. OCDSB Director of Education Jennifer Adams was recently invited to present the program to all Ontario Directors of Education. In addition, International Education Coordinator Kathy Scheepers and OCENET Executive Director Geoff Best will be meeting with Governor General His Excellency David Johnston to outline the OCDSB International Certificate Program. The ICP will also be presented at three national conferences, in upcoming months.

Universities, colleges and embassies are strongly endorsing the ICP:

From Alison Cummings, Queen’s University International Centre: “The OCDSB International Certificate Program seems to recognize the key elements of becoming internationally-minded — language learning, internationally focussed course work, intercultural competence and international engagement that can happen at home or abroad. Students who complete the program should see their worlds expand in exhilarating ways.”

From Heon-jun Kim, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada: “The OCDSB International Certificate Program is an exceptionally innovative program...In the age of globalization, multiculturalism and interconnectedness, we are reminded that fostering global citizenship is not a matter of choice, but of necessity.”

Details on the OCDSB International Certificate Program are available online on the OCDSB website.

OCDSB staff: Check out the new “International Education” folder on BEAM!

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


Students who complete the ICP receive a special certificate that is increasingly being recognized by post-secondary institutions

“...Algonquin College is pleased to recognize the ICP’s value in preparing high school graduates with life skills that concurrently strive to develop global citizens....”
- Jo-Ann Aubut, Dean, Academic Development. Algonquin College

“The ICP is the perfect complement to our already internationally focused curriculum and extra-curricular activities. It gives the students recognition for their curiosity about the greater world outside of Canada’s borders.”
- Bob Barter, ICP Teacher Advisor, A.Y. Jackson



 Students enrolled in the OCDSB International Certificate Program from A.Y. Jackson S.S. recently visited the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to learn about various diplomatic and historical connections between Canada and South Korea including trade, immigration, and the Korean War. Students toured the embassy, visited the language school and participated in a demonstration on how to write using the Korean alphabet.
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