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 4 different economic sectors: Arts & Culture, Health & Wellness, Justice, Community Safety & Emergency Services and Sport. 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 - Fi)  
Ms. N. DiChiara ext 229 (Fo - Ph) 
Ms. A. Santaromita-Villa ext 233 (Pi - Z)

Appointments can be made using the mySPX app. 

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 myblueprint.ca/ocsb 

High School Course Description Guide

Community Involvement Activities

Often, different organizations make us aware of volunteer opportunities. Please note that these are not supervised by school staff.  Please see the slide deck below for volunteer opportunities. Check back often for new information.

Community Service Log Sheet

Volunteer Opportunities

Awards

Pius Letter

During their time at St. Pius, graduating students may earn points towards the School Letter

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. 


Submissions are submitted and verified electronically through the mySPX app during the student's graduating year.


Students are encouraged to submit their points towards earning this prestigious award through the mySPX app. On the app, students can see how many points are awarded for various activities. Please note that points are also awarded for being on the honour roll (1 pt each year for an average 80%-89.9%, 2 pts each year for 90% or higher). Honour roll points are calculated and added by the school.

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 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.

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: maria.camacho@ocsb.ca or mcamacho@ociso.org.  

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 - Come and see us in Room C202! 

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 

Step Up 


Step Up will take place on Wednesdays at lunch in the Learning Commons


All students are invited to attend Step Up on Wednesdays at lunch in the Learning Commons.  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


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. 

In need of support outside of school hours?

If you are in crisis, please contact one of the following crisis support lines, go directly to CHEO or call 911.