Rockcliffe Park Public School

Coordinates: 45°27′01″N 75°40′41″W / 45.450281°N 75.678077°W / 45.450281; -75.678077
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Rockcliffe Park Public School
350 Buena Vista Road

K1M 1C1

Coordinates45°27′01″N 75°40′41″W / 45.450281°N 75.678077°W / 45.450281; -75.678077
Founded1922; 101 years ago (1922)
School boardOttawa Carleton District School Board
PrincipalBrian Chiasson
Staff22 teachers
LanguageEnglish, French
Colour(s)   Blue and white
Team nameDragons
Communities servedRockcliffe Park, New Edinburgh, Lower Town Byward Market and Sandy Hill
Feeder schoolsQueen Elizabeth Public School, Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Elmwood School (private), Ashbury College (private)

Rockcliffe Park Public School (RPPS) is a public elementary school in the Rockcliffe Park neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


The school was founded in 1922. The school is located in the centre of Ottawa's wealthiest neighbourhood. Near the school are Ottawa's two most prominent private schools, Elmwood School and Ashbury College, to which many students move after Rockcliffe.

Rockcliffe Park Public School has long educated the children of politicians and ambassadors. Perhaps the most prominent former students are Princess Beatrix[1] and Princess Irene, who attended the school while the Dutch royal family was in exile during the Second World War.[2][3] Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper's daughter attended the school, as did his son,[4] the three sons of Pierre Trudeau, including the current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau[5] and the children of John Turner. Actor Matthew Perry also attended the school.[5][6]


As well as Rockcliffe and neighbouring New Edinburgh, the school also draws students from the Lower Town and Sandy Hill areas of Ottawa, for its French immersion program, in which the majority of students are enrolled. The school is also well known for its annual Book Fair, a used book sale that has acted as a fundraiser for the school for 51 years.[7] Rockcliffe is twinned with Mokoena Primary School in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho. This twinning is helped by the organization Help Lesotho. Rockcliffe Park is the first school in Canada to twin with another school in Lesotho.

Since the school has a major relationship to the Dutch royal family, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ottawa is partnered with the school.

Further reading[edit]

  • Edmond, Martha (2005). Rockcliffe Park: A History of the Village. Ottawa: Published by The Friends of the Village of Rockcliffe Park Foundation, pgs. 228 - 239
  • Hughes, Graham. "This School is a True Slice of Society." The Ottawa Citizen. Friday, January 27, 2006. pg. F3


  1. ^ J. Patrick Boyer (25 February 2017). Foreign Voices in the House: A Century of Addresses to Canada's Parliament by World Leaders. Dundurn. pp. 467–. ISBN 978-1-4597-3686-3.
  2. ^ "Abdicating Dutch queen was a wartime Ottawa schoolgirl - CBC News".
  3. ^ "Queen Beatrix of Netherlands to step aside - CBC News".
  4. ^ "Justin Trudeau moves family to his childhood stomping grounds in Ottawa". 10 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b FELDMAN, KATE. "Matthew Perry won't fight Justin Trudeau in elementary school rematch - NY Daily News".
  6. ^ "Matthew Perry tells Kimmel he 'beat up' Justin Trudeau in grade school". 16 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Rockcliffe Park Book Fair draws bookworms of all ages". 8 November 2014.

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