Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc

Advanced Curriculum

Thanks to the advanced curriculum, our graduates are able to attend the French or English high school program of their choice. They are customarily accepted into highly-sought-after programs such as, International Baccalaureate, specialist arts programs, and advanced placement. Students are fully challenged within their own classroom learning environment, but we also offer individual enrichment to girls requiring special additional programs.


English and French

The Language Arts program strives to help students acquire enriched vocabulary, advanced language comprehension and accurate writing skills through instruction, combined with a wide range of activities in reading, writing, oral communication, and media literacy. Students develop their abilities in four categories of skills: knowledge and understanding, thinking, communication, and application. Additionally, the importance of language skills is emphasized and integrated into other curricular areas.

Math and Science

One of the most significant benefits of Joan of Arc Academy is students’ advanced understanding of math and science. For consecutive years Joan of Arc Academy students have represented the Ottawa region at the Canada-Wide Science Fair and won significant prizes. Students may participate in the science club, math club, chess club, solar car races, the All Science Challenge and science outings.

Our girls find out from a young age that they can aspire to any occupation they desire. Students learn to pursue new challenges, and they develop confidence in their abilities.


In addition to a very creative visual arts program, the Joan of Arc Arts curriculum includes dance, musical theatre, drama, instrumental music, choir and intermediate band. Our choirs consistently earn awards at the Kiwanis Music Festival. Our band program fully prepares students for high school band and our students who apply for specialist arts programs at high school are invariably successful. Girls may also sign up for piano lessons or after-school violin lessons with Ottawa Suzuki Strings which take place at Joan of Arc. Through the arts program, children learn to express themselves freely in a variety of forms and to 'find their inner artist'.


Joan of Arc athletic activities promote fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork. In addition to the physical education curriculum, Joan of Arc students can participate in extra-curricular sports such as competitive soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton and cross-country running. At a young age, children learn the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle.


Joan of Arc students take part in a religious education program that is based on the school’s Roman Catholic roots, but also teaches the girls about other world religions and respect for the very diverse society in which we live. The religion curriculum also covers personal and social development and the students address these issues through role play, discussion and circle time. In the upper school, the students discuss topics such as morality, ethics, relationships, friendship and bullying. The success of the program is due, in part, to the school’s policy of welcoming and respecting girls from all religious traditions.