Academics & Support

High School Programs

OCSB high schools offer a variety of programs to suit a wide array of student learning styles and interests.

Our school is proud to host SHSM programs in 3 different economic sectors: Arts & Culture, Healthy & Wellness, and Justice, Community Safety & Emergency Services. Students also have the opportunity to participate in SHSM programs hosted at other OCSB schools. See your Guidance Counsellor for details.

Student Services

Guidance Counsellors

Mr. T. Warren ext 230 (A - E) Book an appointment
Ms. N. DiChiara ext 229 (F - O) Book an appointment
Ms. A. Santaromita-Villa ext 233 (P - Z) Book an appointment

Guidance Counsellors are available to answer questions related to timetables, career planning, personal and social issues, special educational needs, and to suggest possible referrals to appropriate school personnel and outside agencies.

High-performance athletes & artists

If your child is a high performing athlete or artist at the provincial, national, or international level, we understand they need the flexibility to train while continuing with their academic studies. Contact your guidance counsellor to discuss accommodations for your child.

Preparing for Next Year

Select courses for next year at

High School Course Description Guide


The Pius Pillar Award

Awarded monthly to recognize a wide range of students for their efforts in and out of the classroom.


  • four students are selected each month (one from each grade)

  • the principal requests teachers, or any staff in the building, to nominate students

  • a short write-up describing the reason for the nomination is sent electronically to the staff member who coordinates the program


  • reflects effort not simply marks

  • Leadership: Classroom, Athletics, School Spirit

  • personal success (motivation, optimistic)

  • unique, notable contribution

  • do something random and kind for someone else

  • consistency in positive attitude and effort, committed to doing their very best

  • respects the rights of others

  • compassion

  • help out with a cause, donate their time and energy to a school event


  • the student’s names are read over the PA system

  • the student’s are invited to the principal’s office and met by administration and

  • told of their award

  • the administration reads to the student the reason for their nomination

  • a special toast will occur to honour the nominees (lemonade will be served!)

  • each student receives a recognition certificate and a gift certificate to Chapters

  • student names will be published in our monthly newsletter

  • student will dip their hand in paint and place it on one of the pillars in the Atrium

Departmental Award of Merit

In October, Departmental Awards of Merit are presented to the students of all grades for outstanding achievement in their courses.

Nominations of one student per section for a well-rounded academic individual who has a minimum mark of 80 %. It is awarded to students in grades 9-11 who are returning to St. Pius X next year. The ceremony takes place in the Fall.

The three criteria are:

1) Responsibility/initiative: shows initiative for own learning, works well independently and in group, is self-directed, is dependable.

2) Christian values: respects the dignity of the human person, takes responsibility for own actions, demonstrates Gospel values, conducts him or herself in a manner that reflects the St. Pius X School motto: “To Establish All Things in Christ!”

3) Leadership: demonstrates good teamwork, is a positive influence on friends and peers, readily offers help to peers, contributes to a higher level of learning/understanding for all students.

Athletic awards

Athletic excellence in the various sports programs is recognized at the annual St. Pius X Athletic Banquet in June.

Each sports team recognizes a player who is voted as their team MVP. The criteria are based on ability, attitude, sportsmanship and leadership.

Male and Female Athletes of the Year
Junior and senior student athletes are chosen under the following criteria:

  • The number of points awarded for participation in interscholastic sports.

  • Athletic ability

  • Attitude, Sportsmanship and Leadership

  • School coaches selection process meeting

The Newman Award

Presented in memory of Michael Newman whose life was tragically ended in an automobile accident. The

student who receives this award must demonstrate academic excellence, having at least a 75% average,

play one or more interscholastic sports and be a positive contributor towards the betterment of St. Pius.

Extracurricular Awards

In June, awards recognizing overall contributions to the school are presented.

The Pius Letter is given to students, who have compiled at least 21 points during their years at St. Pius X, for their commitment to various School activities.

The Junior X-Men Award is given to Gr. 9 students who have participated in at least one activity in each activity category (Clubs, Athletics).

Other services available through Student Services

Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO)

Welcoming our Newcomers! Maria Camacho is our Multicultural Liaison Officer (MLO) who helps to address the settlement and integration needs of newcomers, immigrants and refugee families to ensure a successful school experience. She can be reached at: 613-225-8105, #247, or 613-513-4621 or by e-mail at: or

Pius AM

Did you have something to eat this morning? Are you still hungry and need a nutritional snack to start your school day? Whatever your reason ... come on down! Stop by for a bagel, toast, juice, or just to chat. We'll see you there!

Monday - Friday - Look for the carts for grab and go items!

Addictions Counselor

To support students who have substance abuse and/or addiction issues or who have family members with these issues. Our guidance counselors will help to access this support.

Homework and Extra Help

After School Programming is temporarily on hold.

Step Up

October 2021 update - Step Up will take place on Wednesdays at lunch in the Learning Commons

All students are invited to attend Step Up on Wednesdays and Thursdays at lunch in room A113. This program is staffed by teachers to provide students with extra help in all subject areas. This program will begin soon.

After School Study Hall

Fall 2021 - The Learning Commons is not available after-school at this time as we continue to follow OPH COVID protocols.

Students may use the St. Pius X High School library to study, complete homework, and access the school resources such as books and computers. If students need assistance completing homework or editing essays, Mr. Karssing and Mrs. Salvatore are willing to help.