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Steve Spidell (email:   Twitter: @RideauPrincipal)


Student Learning and Accommodation Planning: Eastern Secondary Area Pupil Accommodation Review (Phase One):  FINAL REPORT 

I wanted to share some important information about changes coming to Rideau High School beginning September 2017.  These changes are the result of decisions from the recent Eastern Secondary Accommodation Review.  More information about the review and the decisions is available on the district website at

Rideau High School Closes and Students Will Move to Gloucester High School

Effective September 2017, Rideau High School will close and Gloucester High School will welcome our students.  Grade 9 to 12 Immersion program students residing within the Rideau High School attendance area will be redirected to Gloucester High School.  Students residing within the Rideau High School attendance area and currently enrolled (2016-2017) in schools other than Gloucester High School for French Immersion will be permitted to remain at those schools. The Secondary Learning Disabilities specialized program class will be redirected to Gloucester High School.

Renovations at Gloucester High School

In order to support these changes renovations are planned for Gloucester High School, including: science lab upgrades, the establishment of a culturally friendly space comparable to the Lodge, new Learning Commons areas, upgrades to the entrance/lobby area, improvements to the cafeteria acoustics, ceiling/lighting replacements, a new PA system, and paving of the parking lot and tennis courts.

Additional Supports for Transition

A number of additional supports have been approved to help with this transition. This includes:

  • all students at Rideau High School will be provided with transportation to Gloucester High School, and where possible, this would occur through the issuance of Presto cards;
  • additional staffing will be provided for a two-year period to support students during their transition;
  • work will be done with community partners to create a room which is culturally friendly and comparable to the Lodge at Rideau High;
  • annual monitoring of student achievement and well-being will be done (with some of this data disaggregated by the current attendance boundaries of the two schools); and
  • the transition team will be asked to consider is a possible name change for the school.

Changes to Community Support Programs at Rideau

The following community based programs will be relocated by September 2017:

  • The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada program (LINC) will move to Ottawa Technical Secondary School on Donald Street;
  • The Infant, Toddler and Preschool Childcare program currently operated at Rideau High School will move to Queen Elizabeth Public School at 689 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa.

The accommodation review process has been challenging for our community and I would like to thank you for your participation in support of our school.  Over the next few months, as a school community we will need to develop plans to celebrate our school's rich history, and prepare for the transition of our students.  I know that the students and staff at Gloucester High School will be working hard to create a very welcoming new home for our students.

Families will have questions relating to these changes and we will continue to provide you with more detailed information as it becomes available.  In the weeks ahead, we will be establishing a transition planning committee with staff, students and parents from both schools. 

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Thanks for your ongoing support.

Upcoming Events

May 5-6, 2017 - Rideau's 60th Reunion

May 5 - Pub and Memorabilia Night / May 6 - Last Rideau Reunion Prom Night

Rideau High School's 60th Reunion Committee (RHS60RC) would like to invite everyone to celebrate this milestone by having a celebration to reunite the former members of Rideau High School's community.  RHS60RC is organizing a special theme reunion, over two nights, to mark a final farewell.  For more information, visit the RHS60RC website.  Please note that this is a private event and is not a formal OCDSB or Rideau High School event.  Rideau High School staff are unable to assist with registration or payment information.

May 13, 2017 - Spring Market

10:00am - 3:00pm, Rideau High School

Local vendors, craft sellers, and direct sellers will be onsite for the day.  All profits from table rentals will support students' extra-curricular activities, field trips, and scholarships.  This event is brought to you by the Rideau High School Key Club and School Council.  To rent a table, or for more information, please contact our School Council (

(updated Mar 21, 2017)​


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