Our School


Merivale High School offers an extensive array of high quality programs in Fine Arts, Technological Education, University and College pathways as well as outstanding extra-curricular programs. We have a warm and vibrant school climate and a 51 year tradition of promoting a culture of excellence, which balances our proud history with the ability to remain progressive and innovative. Our dedicated and energetic staff members are committed to providing a stimulating learning environment where all students are challenged to reach their full potential. We emphasize the development of essential knowledge and skills, creative and critical thinking, respect for others and respect for the learning process.

Our curricular programs include University, College, French Immersion, Cooperative Education/Apprenticeship Pathways, Gifted/Gifted French Immersion, and Specialist High Skills Major: Communication & Design.

Our extracurricular programs include: an extensive and dynamic athletic program, student led intramural programs, junior and senior bands, drama and musical productions, music council, drama council, athletic council, clubs and a dynamic students’ council.

Our Students

At Merivale, we are very proud of our students and their many achievements.

  • 53% of our graduates were Ontario Scholars (over 80% average)
  • 16% of our graduates were OCDSB Silver Medal Award winners (over 90% avg.)
  • Over 100 Nominations for CAPPIES (Fine Arts/Critics Program) Awards and 43 awards over the past 9 years
  • Outstanding student achievement in Science contests
  • Reach for the Top Team consistently places in the top five Provincially.
  • Outstanding student driven fundraisers such as CHEO, Toy Mountain, United Way, Canned Food Drive, Tools With Impact, and our first Relay for Life in 2016.
  • Grade 12 Extended Immersion students participated in the French for the Future essay writing contest in which six students won scholarships
  • Consistently high achievement in OSSLT
  • Every year numerous pieces of Merivale art were selected for display at the City of Ottawa’s juried Young at Art show with several students that won Young at Art awards for their work
  • Merivale students and staff recognized for outstanding contribution to the arts by OCDSB Advisory Council Center’s poster contest focusing on the danger of abusive relationships
  • Junior and senior concert bands captured silver medals at Music Fest
  • Merivale graphic designs featured in several magazines and newspapers

Our Staff

The staff at Merivale High School takes great pride in the positive relationship we enjoy with our students. Staff members enjoy volunteering time to work with students outside the classroom and we are very active as coaches and supervisors of our numerous teams and clubs.

  • 43 teachers including 6 Department Heads
  • Spiritual Care Worker
  • University of Ottawa and Queen’s University Associate Teachers
  • Algonquin College Internship Partner
  • 11 Administrative and Support Staff
  • OCDSB Psychologist
  • OCDSB Social Worker
  • OCDSB Behaviour Support Specialist
  • Guidance and Special Education Specialists
  • Rideauwood Counsellor
  • Classroom tutors and extensive extra-help sessions
  • Homework club

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