General Information

Grade 9 Students and Parents

Welcome to Merivale High School! We look forward to working with you throughout high school. We will assist you with timetable issues, academic and career planning and programs like exchanges and summer school. We also make referrals to the school social worker, psychologist and Rideauwood counsellor on a case-by-case basis.

Grade 10 Students and Parents

This is the year you will earn your junior prerequisite courses and should really work on developing great work habits. These will help you as you finish high school and beyond. If you didn't do so last year, try joining a club, volunteering or trying out for a sports team. You can also explore some of the summer programs that are available. These include things like exchanges, coop, and valuable volunteer positions.

Grade 11 Students and Parents

Grade 11 is for exploring all kinds of different courses to see where your interests and strengths lie. This will help you to select the best pathways for you in grade 12. It's also an important time to start investigating post-secondary pathways such as college, university and apprenticeships. Check out their costs too and discuss this with your family.

You are encouraged to attend any information sessions (usually offered during lunch) by visiting colleges and universities. You may also want to visit open houses on campus or Saturday information sessions. Don't be shy or worry that they are only for grade 12 students. The more you learn this year, the less stress you will experience next year.

Grade 12 Students and Parents

To stay fully informed from now until June 2019, join the Student Services Remind services for grade 12 students. Both parents and students can subscribe and it is free. You can receive messages through text or through the Remind app.
For text messages: Text the message @d963g4 to (418) 800-7941

Open the following documents to find information on the topics indicated. After reading them, don't hesitate to come to Guidance for clarification or with questions.

Applying to College

Applying to University

Key Dates

Researching Post-Secondary Options

Career Information

Check this site from the Ontario government. Use the Find an Occupation link to research any career's prospects, salaries and much more:

This Algonquin College website has information about all kinds of careers in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. It contains info on careers that require college, university, apprenticeship, or straight to workplace paths. You will see local data on salaries, job outlooks and even current job ads in an area of interest. Go to the following link and opt for Search Careers.

Community Service Hours

Please download and use the following forms to review guidelines and record your hours:



Sheets for recording community service hours are also available in Student Services. It is recommended that students do some community service hours every year in high school and submit forms to the main office at least once a year. If you need ideas about where to do your community service, there are suggestions on the back of the form. In addition, there is a bulletin board in the hall across from Student Services where community groups advertise for volunteers. This is updated regularly. Students entering grade 9 can do community service in the summer between grade 8 and grade 9.

Volunteer Ottawa's website has opportunities for youth volunteering.

Other opportunities can be found with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Food Bank on their websites.

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