Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why Redeemer Christian High School?
A. Families choose Redeemer for a variety of reasons:
- we offer a high quality education in a nurturing environment.
- we place Jesus Christ at the centre of everything.
- our school is designed to be an extension of the home and the church and allows the values and faith taught in these other environments to be reinforced.
- we have a 37 year history, and we're an exciting alternative to other secondary school options.
- Redeemer provides graduates with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Q. Are you affiliated with any larger organizations?
A. Yes, Redeemer Christian High School is a member of the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS), an umbrella organization that provides curriculum, administrative and legal assistance to over 75 Christian schools in Ontario. We are also members of Christian Schools International (CSI). We are, however, a non-denominational school. Currently our student-body comes from over twenty different Christian denominations.
Q. Do you accept home-schooled students?
Yes, each year we welcome several homeschooled students in our learning community. The transition from homeschooling to Redeemer Christian High School has always proven to be very successful because we are a small school with a nurturing environment.
See some testimonials from homeschooled students.
Q. Do you accept students beyond Grade 9?
A. Yes, each year new students begin at every grade level. Our application form lists the items required if a student is transferring from another high school in Ontario.
Q. How much is tuition at Redeemer?
A. Tuition at Redeemer is based on a sliding scale that is geared to your family income. It is 13% of your total family income, with a low end of $7000 and a high end of $13,350. EXAMPLE: If your total family income is $100,000, you will pay $13,000 in tuition. Add another $500 for your second child. Please see our Tuition page for further details.
Q. Is the tuition calculated per child?
A. No, Redeemer offers a per-family tuition structure. However, your tuition goes up by $500 for each additional child at Redeemer.
Q. Do you offer transportation?
A. Transportation is the responsibility of the parents/guardians. Many of our students use city transit, other families join together for carpooling, and still others have joined together to co-ordinate several bus routes. Redeemer currently has a contract, on behalf of parents, with a bus company to provide service to families south of Ottawa. This bus starts in Winchester and proceeds north along Highway 31, then west over to 8th Line Road, north to Victoria Street in Metcalfe and east to Cartwright Road north of Russell, to Boundary Road, to Mitch Owens Drive and then on to Redeemer via Limebank Road. Ottawa Christian School (OCS) also provides bus transportation for Redeemer Christian High School students for a fee on its two routes. One route originates in central/south Ottawa, heads west, then south to OCS in Barrhaven. The second route starts in Stittsville, passes through Kanata, then on to OCS in Barrhaven. Both routes pick up Redeemer students along the way, and busing continues to Redeemer after dropping off younger students at OCS first. At the end of the school day, Redeemer students are picked up first, then OCS students, and all are brought home. For more up-to-date information on busing plans for the next school year, please e-mail our Business Office.
Q. Do the students wear uniforms?
A. Uniforms were introduced in September 2010. For more information on uniforms, look at our Uniform page.
Q. What are class hours?
A. Our school day begins at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.
Q. Does Redeemer run on a semester system?
A. Yes. We offer a full high school program with each course being taught in 75 minute blocks of time. This allows students to take up to four in-school credits per semester for a total of eight per school year. Extra credits can also be earned through extra curricular activities such as drama, or Royal Conservatory piano exams.
Q. Does Redeemer offer programs for students with learning disabilities?
A. Yes. Redeemer has a resource program that helps us deliver our program to a community of students who possess a range of abilities and learning challenges. However, enrolment in our resource program is limited each year, ensuring that the full range of needs of the students admitted will be met. If your child has a learning difficulty or an IEP, please submit his/her application as early in the year as possible to ensure a spot in our Resource Program.
Q. What curriculum is used?
A. Redeemer delivers Ontario Ministry of Education approved curriculum. Redeemer is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education every second year and as an accredited high school, can offer the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Some curriculum does contain distinctly Christian content allowing us to deliver the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) as well as a Christian School Diploma. For those who want to review our entire Course Calendar, which gives detailed descriptions of all our credit coursese, click here.