Rideau High School

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Rideau High School
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815 St. Laurent Boulevard
Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 3A7, Canada
School board Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Religious affiliation none
Principal Geordie Walker
Vice principal Patricia Gollogy and Steven Spidell
Campus urban
Mascot Ram
Team name Rams
Colours Blue and White         
Founded 1958
Enrollment 560
Feeder schools Queen Elizabeth Public School, York Street Public School, Henry Munro Middle School
Homepage http://www.rideauhigh.ca/

Rideau High School [Website] is an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board high school in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada . It is located at 815 St. Laurent Boulevard in the east end of the city on the edge of Vanier. It is located next to the Queen Elizabeth elementary school. The school opened in 1958. It was the second of a series of ten high schools built by the school board to cope with rapidly rising attendance and the baby boom. The project generated some controversy as the Collegiate Board presented a plan that included an auditorium, double gym, and a cafeteria. The Ottawa Property Owners association objected to these as expensive and unneeded luxuries, and the mayor Charlotte Whitton agreed. The dispute delayed the construction of the school for some time.

The school was renovated in the early 1990s at the cost of several million dollars. It is a mixed stream school offering Academic(advanced), Applied(general) and Essential level courses. The school also has a significant English as a Second Language program, with about 46.3% of the student population enrolled. Its specialization in ESL programs makes it one of the most multicultural schools in the city. Rideau also has programs for special needs students (with a population of 30.2% of students enrolled)[1] and strong technological programming. Rideau was designed to hold 900 students. Today enrolment has fallen to about 560 students. The rest of the building is populated by the children of the two daycares and the adult English programs.

In an October 6, 2009 report by the OCDSB, closure of the school was recommended, with its current students to be redirected to Gloucester High School.[2] and incoming students to be re-directed to Lisgar Collegiate Institute (English) or Glebe Collegiate Institute (French Immersion). The school remained open because OCDSB board members voted December 7, 2009 to reject the recommendation.

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  1. ^ "Rideau Highschool Ottawa Ontario Academic ranking". Fraser Institute. 2010–2011. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Rideau High School should close: report". CBC News. October 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  • Keith, Janet. The Collegiate Institute Board of Ottawa: A Short History, 1843-1969. Ottawa: Kent, 1969.

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Coordinates: 45°26′05″N 75°38′32″W / 45.434721°N 75.642339°W / 45.434721; -75.642339