Bell High School (Ottawa)

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Bell High School
40 Cassidy Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 6K1
Coordinates 45°19′33″N 75°48′35″W / 45.32583°N 75.80972°W / 45.32583; -75.80972Coordinates: 45°19′33″N 75°48′35″W / 45.32583°N 75.80972°W / 45.32583; -75.80972
Motto Vitam Impendere Vero
(Seek truth in life)
Founded 1962
School board Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Principal Steve Collins
Staff ~80
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1126 (2011-2012)
Language English, French
Campus Suburban
Area Nepean, Ottawa
Colour(s) Red, black and white             
Mascot Bruin
Team name Bell Bruins
Newspaper Bell Roar Newspaper
Communities served Nepean, Rest of Ottawa for Gifted education
Public transit access OC Transpo: Chartered "600" Series, or 152 (morning, noon, afternoon), 118, 96, 69 (Peak Periods only)

Bell High School is a high school located in the Bells Corners neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario.


In 1962, the school was established by the Carleton Board of Education (now Ottawa-Carleton District School Board) as a public high school. In 1977, Bell High School concert and stage bands produced an album "From Canada's Capital... Bell Bands in Concert".


It currently serves as one of only two facilities in the CBE with the OCDSB Gifted Program.[1] It also offers a comprehensive French Immersion and ESL program in addition to the normal academic program.[2] In 2014, Bell High School was recognized as the primary secondary school to service Ottawa West. Its students refer to themselves as Bruins.


The school consists of roughly 50% students from local districts as well as another 50% from other districts who transfer in order to attend its Gifted Program, French Immersion Program or ESL program.

Academically, Bell has one of the highest university placement rates in Ottawa. Virtually all students of its gifted program and a plurality in the academic program enter university programs in Canada or internationally. Students often go to the local Carleton University and University of Ottawa, with others going to Queen’s University, McGill University, McMaster University University of Waterloo or University of British Columbia in Canada. Some graduates go to the United States; in the past, students have gone to Cornell University, Yale University and Harvard University.

Bell High School also offers comprehensive French Immersion studies for students wishing to pursue accreditation and fluency in French as well as a full range of Advance Placement courses and examinations for those whom wish to attain university credits during high school. AP Courses offered include:[3] Physics B, Calculus, English Literature, French, Macroeconomics and Studio Arts.

Beyond its special academic curriculum, Bell High School offers a diverse and extensive range of academic studies. Reinforced by its excellent educational infrastructure and exceptional staff to student ratio of 13.3 (~1000 students to ~80 staff), Bell High School students almost always perform exceptionally in national mathematics, biology and business competitions. In the University of Waterloo Math Competitions, Bell has consistently ranked within the top 50 schools in the nation.[4]

Bell’s reputation for academics is such that Bell students are welcomed at various institutions for enrichment studies. Some examples include the Canadian Light Source synchrotron (a particle accelerator) in Saskatchewan,[5] Huntsman Marine Science Center,[6] the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo,[7] McGill University and the University of Toronto for its Model United Nations conferences.[8] Many of Bell's students have been selected to attend the prestigious Shad Valley summer enrichment program for excellence in science, math, business and engineering.[9]

Bell also has an international travel program which sends students across the world in order to broaden their horizon. Destinations have included Continental Europe, Asia, Japan and the Galapagos Islands.

Facilities and infrastructure[edit]

Bell High School is located on a spacious 10 hectare (25 acre) campus. The school building itself is in the shape of the letter "E" and divided into several wings. Each wing contains a different educational discipline, one each for science, mathematics, English, and social studies. The school also has an art studio and a cafeteria. Bell High School also actively integrates technology into the classroom, including projectors, four modern computer labs, and SmartBoards.

The school also has a two-story library with computer access, a student services office, two music rooms, a drama studio, an extensive costume storage room, a dance studio, a drafting studio, a full-sized gym with bleachers, a greenhouse, an automotive garage, two construction workshops and indoor weight training and exercise facilities.

Because of the size of its campus, Bell High School offers a full range of sports amenities and well as a large degree of recreational green space. The school has or is adjacent to two baseball diamonds, two full-sized soccer fields (one doubles as a football field, with bleachers), an all season indoor hockey arena (Bell Centennial Arena) and a 400 m gravel track. Many of these facilities are owned by the City of Ottawa.

Due to the large number of students attending Bell High School from other neighborhoods, four “600” series buses, as well as a special 93, 152 and 118 routes (to Bell H.S. only) have been arranged with OC Transpo in order to transport students.[10]

Student activities[edit]

Bell High School has an extremely active student population which hosts a huge variety of activities ranging from a leadership camp that involves 30% of the school population for three days to games and other fun events. An elected Students' Council holds the leadership camp, run by leadership heads who are elected at the end of each school year by the upcoming co-presidents (head boy and head girl), as well as World Vision's 30 Hour Famine, and other events for charity and awareness.

Beyond activities, Bell also engages extensively in fundraising efforts. Through these efforts, Bell has contributed significantly to the local community and even managed to construct a sister school in Kenya[11] which it maintains as an ongoing humanitarian project. Other than its fundraisers and humanitarian projects, Bell High School also hosts a plethora of events to actively promote arts and culture, though performances, banquets and shows.

The students of Bell also run a diverse list of clubs from philanthropic organizations to academic groups. Among the list are Anime Club, A/V (Audio/Visual) Crew, BISA (Bell Islamic Students' Association), Breakfast Club (Bell's Christian group), Chess Club, Community Science Club, Debate Club, the Bell Roar Newspaper, Rainbow Alliance (Supporting the LGBTQ Community), Interact Club (Part of Rotary International), Key Club, OSAID (Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving), Reach for the Top (placing first nationally in 1993-94), the University Math Club, Pokémon Club and a host of others.[12]

Bell is also known for its excellent drama program, consistently earning recognitions at the annual Sears Ontario Drama Festival. The 2008 production, "Whitechapel," was published in "Festival Voices," an anthology of plays written by students and teachers for the Festival. Bell also produces an annual musical which has been regarded by local media as having outstanding production values.[13] It is also consistently recognized by “The Cappies” for its excellence in the field.


Bell High School has a large roster of sport teams which participate in many sports under the Bell Bruins name (the mascot of the school, a bear). Among its teams, Bell particularly excels at rugby, basketball,[14] badminton, wrestling and track and field, frequently qualifying for nationals and Pan-American level competitions.

The teams offered by Bell High School (all teams have male and female divisions) include: tennis, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, badminton, field hockey, rugby, cross country running, Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing, hockey, track and field, curling, baseball, wrestling and swimming. In 2010, badminton players from Bell earned two OFSAA provincial gold titles and a silver title in an unprecedented performance by one school.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Steve Yzerman, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • John Manley, Canadian lawyer, businessman, and politician.
  • John Baird, Canadian politician, former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  • Bruce Cockburn, Canadian musician.
  • Bryan Adams, Canadian musician.
  • Doug Smith, NHL, Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bell High School - The Gifted Program". Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bell High School - School Profile". Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bell High School - School Profile". Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bell High School - Success Stories". Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bell's synchrotron team". Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Huntsman Marine Center". Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "ISSYP participation list". Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "SSUNs Conference". Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Bell High School - Success Stories". Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "OC Tranpso - High Schools and Middle Schools". OC OC Transpo. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bell Raises money for school in Kenya". Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Bell High School - About". Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Sears Drama Festival: Ottawa-Carleton Awards 2009". Archived from the original on 4 March 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bell Basketball Champions". Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "National Capital athletes give record-breaking performances at OFSAA badminton championships". Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 

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