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Woodroffe Avenue

Our School

Woodroffe Avenue Public School is an Early French Immersion Centre located in a well-established neighbourhood opposite the Carlingwood Public Library. Our catchment area ranges from near Bayshore in the west, to Sherbourne Avenue in the east, and between the Ottawa River and the Highway 417. Our English partner schools are Severn PS, Regina PS, D. Roy Kennedy PS and Pinecrest PS. We foster excellence in a safe and caring environment. We are proud of our emphasis on French language acquisition and encourage students to speak in French whenever possible.

The school mascot is the Humpback Whale which symbolizes commitment to environmental issues. In 1991 we adopted the Humpback Whales, Salt and her son Crystal. We practice sound environmental choices and recycle resources wherever possible.

Our Students

There are about 645 students. Our students come from varied ethnic backgrounds. Many of our students speak a third language. Woodroffe Avenue has incredible school spirit, and our students are well behaved, co-operative, enthusiastic, and courteous. They have a strong desire to do well academically and to achieve positive results in athletics, in music and other extra–curricular activities.


Our Staff

Woodroffe Avenue has a very strong, dedicated staff which works together with parents to assure a high quality education. The teaching staff has a diverse range of interests and talents, which enables them to offer students a rich learning environment. The non-teaching staff includes one full-time educational assistant, one full-time office administrator, one full-time office assistant, custodians, a library technician, and lunchtime monitors. Woodroffe staff is committed to ongoing professional development.


Our Community

Parents and committed volunteers are very active in our school and are valued partners. Volunteers are in the school every day. The Woodroffe School Council is actively involved in the education of Woodroffe students. They work hard at advisory activities, supporting school improvement planning, supporting special events and fundraising for the benefit of all students. School Council places a strong emphasis on special events to promote the arts and multiculturalism. The School Council meets regularly on the third Wednesday of the month and all parents are invited to attend.

Woodroffe is a community school having a City of Ottawa school-aged daycare in the school.


Mission Statement

Parents and staff work together at Woodroffe Avenue Public School to ensure a safe climate in which students experience challenge, develop skills, and foster life-long learning. It is in this spirit of co-operation that we encourage our students to work hard, play well, and accept responsibility both as individuals and as members of society. Our school motto RRSP reminds students of Respect, Responsibility, Safety and Perseverance.


Facilities and Resources

Woodroffe Avenue Public School is a multi-storey building with stair-access to the upper levels. This year the school has 9 portables on-site, though not all are required for daily classroom use. We have two gymnasiums, including one with a stage, and a well-equipped library. On the ground level, we have one washroom designed for enhanced accessibility.

Our school has a mobile computer station which can be moved between classrooms on the lower level, instead of having one room designated as a computer lab. We have one interactive Smartboard called an iRover.

Our large, enclosed playground is equipped with three separate play structures for Kindergarten, Primary and Junior Divisions.

Academic Programs

Early French Immersion SK–Gr.6

  • JSK/s students receive 150 minutes of French instruction and 150 minutes of English instruction each day. (alternating full days English/French)
  • Grade 1 receives 240 minutes of French instruction and 60 minutes of Math in English each day.
  • Grades 2 - 6 receive 180 minutes of French instruction and 120 minutes of Language Arts and Math in English each day.

Classroom Organization

  • Full day JK/SK (6 classes)
  • Grade 1 (4 classes)
  • Grade 1/2 (1 classes)
  • Grade 3 (4 classes)
  • Grade 4 (3 classes)
  • Grade 5 (2 classes)
  • Grade 5/6 (1 classes)
  • Grade 6 (2classes)

Special Education and ESL Programs
We have a full-time Learning Support Teacher and a part-time Learning Resource Teacher designated to collaborate with all of our teachers to support all students with special needs through the integrated model. We are able to provide support in French and in English. Additionally, we have one full-time educational assistant who also provides support for students in the classroom. We have an itinerant teacher designated to support our English Language Learners (ELL) and English Second Language (ESL) students.


Clubs and Activities

Our active lunchtime intramural programs include sports (soccer, basketball, triple ball) and various clubs such as Greenhearts, Cold Weather Choir, and Me to We Club. Junior students can represent Woodroffe Avenue School on interschool teams for cross-country, soccer, bordenball, basketball, triple ball and track and field. We offer an after-school program through the OCDSB Extra-Curricular Creative Arts program: Young Rembrandts drawing classes and piano lessons. There is a user fee for this service. “Learn to Play” is an organization that offers, for a fee, activities during recess. The school offers a daily milk program and weekly catered lunches such as pizza, subs or Lunch Lady.


Safe Schools Initiatives

Woodroffe Avenue has a code of behaviour which was developed in consultation with parents and adheres to the Ministry of Education code of conduct. Woodroffe Avenue is actively implementing the OCDSB Safe and Caring Schools initiative. As part of the OCDSB’s Community of Character, we hold monthly Character Education assemblies which emphasize a specific desirable character trait for each month. It is our desire to have ongoing communication with the home with respect to discipline and academic progress.

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