23 students receive the OCDSB International Certificate



The new OCDSB International Certificate was piloted in six local high schools this past school year. Close to 100 students have enrolled in the program and a group of 23 exceptional graduating Grade 12 students received their certificates at a special award ceremony at the Korean Embassy on June 17th.

The purpose of this certificate is to recognize students who have demonstrated a commitment to being motivated, engaged and active global citizens. Students must have obtained at least one high school credit in an international language besides English or French, completed at least four designated courses that have a specific international or cultural focus, and participated in an international experience and engagement opportunity through a student exchange or study tour, or through local activities with an international NGO or with school or community involvement. The last requirement involves students preparing a comprehensive portfolio which requires students to address the topic of why it is important to be a globally informed citizen in today’s world.

Each pilot school has a teacher volunteer who serves as the International Certificate Advisor to assist students in achieving the certificate and in tracking student progress. Many students and parents have requested that this program be extended to other schools.
There is a growing interest throughout Canada in this type of program which supports global citizenship initiative amongst students. It is anticipated that several more OCDSB high schools will offer this certificate next year. In addition, other school boards across Ontario are adopting the model being piloted in the OCDSB, and several post-secondary institutions have endorsed the OCDSB International Certificate.

Information about the OCDSB International Certificate Program is available by contacting the International Education Coordinator or visiting the OCDSB website


The first group of students received the OCDSB International Certificate at a special ceremony


International Certificate pilot schools, 2012-13:

AY Jackson SS
Bell HS
Gloucester HS
Hillcrest HS
Lisgar CI
Ridgemont HS

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