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Lycée Claudel

1635 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0E5

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$10,441 to 11,836/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
20 to 26
Day: 1,010 (Gr. JK - 12)

School Address
1635 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0E5

About this school:


In a healthy environment, Lycée Claudel provides quality education and instruction that complies with the programs of the Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale de France, and revolves around 3 major themes: Excellence and success for all students / Educational innovation and the digital era / Cultural and linguistic openness. Lycée Claudel belongs to the A.E.F.E. network, unique in the world and serves 342,000 students in 495 institutions established in 137 countries. — Visit school website



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Our Take: Lycée Claudel

our takeIn really any way you care to look at it, there is a lot going on at the Lycée Claudel. It was founded as the Cours Claudel in 1962 in order to provide a school for the children of Francophone diplomats wishing to have their children educated in French, and following the French national curriculum. When the first students graduated the program in 1974, the school became known as Lycée Claudel. The school continued to grow, and move, ultimately moving in 1988 into the buildings vacated by the University of Ottawa’s secondary school.

Lycée Claudel is an international school in two important ways, both of which are somewhat unique to the school. First, its student population includes students from nearly 50 different countries, which is surprising, at least initially, given that it’s a day school and doesn’t have a boarding program. Of course, the reason is because the school is in Ottawa, and therefore enrolls many children of diplomats. Second, the school continues to offer the French curriculum, as it has from day one. It’s also a member of AEFE, an accrediting body to assure that schools comply with the French curriculum, something of particular interest to French nationals living abroad who intend to return to France. There are only four schools that are fully accredited by the AEFE in Canada, and Lycée Claudel is one of just two that are located outside Quebec, and the only one in Ontario.

Many families choose the school because they are French nationals, while others choose it because the instructional language is French, rather than the model used in French immersion classrooms. Others choose the school because if the quality of instruction, and the international focus. Of course, the profile of the school is high, given the range of students that attend and the long list of notable alumni, which includes Justin Trudeau.

In all those ways, Lycée Claudel is remarkably unique. Again, there is a lot going on, and all of it impressive. The ideal student is one who thrives in a large, diverse, and challenging educational and social setting.

Principal's Message


Pascale Garrec, Proviseur / Headmaster

Choosing Lycée Claudel for you child aged 3 to 18 means giving him or her the benefit of:

- first-rate guidance provided by highly qualified professionals recruited in France or locally who participate in an ambitious annual training program;

- academic instruction that is meticulous and demanding, based on the programs and teaching methods followed in the French system;

- innovative teaching at the cutting edge of new technologies;

everyday use of both official languages – French and English – beginning in kindergarten;

- the option of studying a culture in an ancient language: Latin

- an opportunity for certification in English (Advanced Placement), in French (DELF/DALF) and Spanish (DELE);

- sports, artistic, cultural and all activities promoting the development of a well-rounded personality;

- cultural diversity through contact with over 50 nationalities;

- a leading-edge film and audiovisual program;

- civic and social activities to encourage community engagement;

- the development of personal talents in every field;

- the development of a solid humanist and scientific culture validated by the Diplôme National du Brevet and the French Baccalauréat, which are recognized by North American and European universities;

- personal growth in a harmonious environment with a strong family feeling, in which diversity and universality are the key elements.

Do come and visit us. More powerful than mere words, the happy smiles of our students will persuade you to place your trust in us.



Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Lycée Claudel says: In a healthy environment, Lycée Claudel provides quality education and instruction that complies with the programs of Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale de France, and revolves around 3 major themes : - Excellence and success for all students - Educational innovation and the digital era - Cultural and linguistic openness

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Lycée Claudel says: L'approche consiste à faire découvrir les concepts mathématiques par des activités, formaliser ces concepts et les appliquer.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Usage des manuels français numériques et papier. Liste des manuels, visitez http://www.claudel.org/vi-lycee-claudel/manuels/

    • Calculator policy: Utilisation régulière de la calculatrice scientifique à partir de la 6ème (11 ans).

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Lycée Claudel says: Étude phonologique avancée dès la Maternelle permettant d'avoir une approche syllabique de l'apprentissage de la lecture au cours de la première année. À cela s'ajoute l'étude de livres de littérature de jeunesse dès la 1ère année (6 ans).

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Lycée Claudel says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Lycée Claudel says: Dès la Maternelle, les enfants sont confrontés à la trace écrite réelle. A partir de la 1ère année, l'aprentissage de l'écriture se fait de manière systématique, structurée en prenant également en compte des situations réelles de communication. L'étude de la langue par l'analyse de la phrase permet aux enfants de structurer la langue écrite. Étude avancée de la grammaire, la conjugaison, le vocabulaire et l'orthographe. Dès l'âge de 11 ans, l'étude d'oeuvres littéraires classiques est systématique.

    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: Dès l'école élémentaire, la démarche d'investigation scientifique est abordée. Enseignements basés fortement sur les pratiques expérimentales en laboratoires à partir de 11 ans.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Lycée Claudel says: L'enseignement français offre une grande place à la littérature. Dès le jeune âge, les élèves sont invités à lire plusieurs livres par année, d'auteurs, de styles littéraires et de thèmes variés. La fréquentation hebdomadaire de notre bibliothèque contribue à donner le goût à la lecture aux élèves.

    Social Studies Expanding Communities

      The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Lycée Claudel says: Dans les premières années, le programme est axé sur la découverte du monde en se basant sur l'environnement proche de l'enfant. Dès l'âge de 8 ans, l'enfant est exposé à travers un enseignement riche d'histoire et de géographie à la compréhension du monde plus global qui l'entoure.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Lycée Claudel says: Une des grandes forces du Lycée Claudel est de donner aux élèves une culture générale importante avec des apports en histoire et géographie mondiales à partir de la 6ème (11 ans), puis en sciences sociales et économiques à partir de la Seconde (15 ans).

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Lycée Claudel says: Tous les jours, les élèves de la Maternelle (4 ans) jusqu'à la Terminale (18 ans) ont une pratique régulière de l'anglais en parallèle de celle quotidienne du français (langue d'apprentissage). Possibilité de certifications en français (DELF), en anglais (Advanced Placement) et en espagnol (DELE).

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French • Latin • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Lycée Claudel says: Chant chorale, danse, arts plastiques pour les élèves de 3 à 10 ans Musique et arts plastiques pour les élèves de 11 à 14 ans. Ouverture culturelle dès le primaire par la découverte d'oeuvres majeures en musique, peinture et littérature (histoire des arts) Théâtre proposé à partir de 14 ans. Cinéma, arts audio-visuels proposé à partir de 15 ans.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Lycée Claudel says: Usage quotidien et raisonné des outils technologiques (ordinateurs, tablettes, tableaux interactifs, robots...). Usage généralisé de la tablette numérique à partir de 10 ans.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Lycée Claudel says: En Maternelle, salle dédiée à la motricité, utilisation quotidienne. Au Primaire, 2 séances obligatoires par semaine en plus d'activités sportives à l'extérieur de manière ponctuelle Au Secondaire, 2 séances obligatoires par semaine avec des spécialistes de la discipline en plus de participations à des compétitions régulièrement.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP English Literature and Composition

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Lycée Claudel says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Lycée Claudel says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Lycée Claudel says: In Pre-School, the children begin their full-time learning at age 3 around five basic areas: acquiring language, discovering writing, becoming a student, moving and self-expressing with one's body and discovering the world. The main learning methods promote hands-on projects to develop independence and physical and intellectual abilities, all tailored to the pace of each student. Arts and physical activities are also among the development areas in pre-school: a different set of motor skills addressed every week, and a weekly choir practice culminating with two performances per year for an audience of parents.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Lycée Claudel says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Lycée Claudel says: La rigueur et l'excellence du programme d'étude au Lycée Claudel, fournissent aux élèves, encadrés par des professeurs qualifiés et engagés, une éducation exceptionnelle, un haut niveau de connaissances et de compétences dans un esprit d'ouverture au monde. Des élèves de 60 nationalités différentes se côtoient et se rassemblent autour de la culture française dans le respect de leur propre culture. L'innovation pédagogique est au cœur de la pratique enseignante.

    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Lycée Claudel says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support No support

    No support

    Lycée Claudel offers no/limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Lycée Claudel does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Lycée Claudel students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average6 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Academic achievement reportingJK to 12
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 5
    Parent-teacher meetingsJK to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Lycée Claudel says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Audiovisual Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Poetry/Literature club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid




    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day5%
    3rd child (sibling)Day10%
    4th child (sibling)Day15%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 1,010
    Average enrollment per grade67
    Average class size20 to 26
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment4665656576647571807973767360



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewPS - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)SK - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Lycée Claudel says:

    All applications for admission to Lycée Claudel require the following procedures:

    1. Complete a pre-registration application (online) for 2015-2016 or Pre-registration application for 2016-2017 (in French only)

    2. Forward us the following documentation:

    • A copy of the birth certificate OR a copy of the livret de famille
    • A cheque for $120 per child (Canadian dollars only; non-refundable)
    • Photocopies of report cards for the prior school year indicating advancement to the next grade
    • Photocopies of report cards for the current school year
    • Certificat de scolarité (for students coming from a French school)
    • For entry in Grade 12, the grades from the first part of the French baccalaureate exam at the end of Grade 11

    3. Write and pass an entrance exam (students coming from schools belonging to the AEFE network or from France are exempted from the exam)

    4. The principal will decide whether or not the student is to be admitted, depending on the space available in the grade in question

    5. Complete the personalized registration form, which will be forwarded by e-mail to the parents of students who are admitted


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Lycée Claudel is looking for: p-kkop,

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 10 (80%)1 - 10 (80%)1 - 10 (75%)1 - 10 (75%)1 - 10 (75%)1 - 10 (75%)1 - 10 (75%)1 - 10 (75%)1 - 10 (75%)1 - 10 (75%)1 - 5 (25%)1 - 5 (25%)1 - 5 (25%)1 - 5 (25%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size75
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements20
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    What Lycée Claudel says:

  • University Placement : 100%
  • Ottawa University : 38%
  • McGill University: 19%
  • Université de Montréal : 8%

  • Associations

    • Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE) Associations

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