Macdonald-Cartier Academy is a non-denominational junior high school (Grades 7, 8) located in Ottawa. Founded in 1990 in response to a need for a challenging academic "French Immersion" program dedicated to preparing students with a broader education for life-long learning and for the reality of the contemporary Canadian society.

A Macdonald-Cartier Academy education is a noble and delicate endeavour conceived, first and foremost, as preparation for continued learning throughout the years of a student's life. The Academy's motto "Discendo Discere" (learn to learn) reflects the school's commitment to developing the necessary skills and attitudes that make the learning process an enjoyable and useful one. Acceptance into the Academy is an invitation to become a vital part of a dynamic and progressive educational process.

All children love to learn. In order that students retain this attitude, schooling at the academy is achieved through a fine balance of academic, physical and character building programs. Expectations for staff and student involvement and performance are high and success oriented.

Our teachers care about young people and are committed to providing a safe, orderly, predictable, enriched environment. The staff works as a team to help students individually and collectively to become confident, capable and responsible members of society.

Significant consideration is given to ensuring that the curriculum is comprehensive in its approach to the acquisition of knowledge, and is organized to meet the needs of contemporary youth by providing a holistic approach to education. The junior high school years are a time in an adolescent's life when skills must be developed, but it is also a time to explore new thoughts and ideas. Macdonald-Cartier Academy teachers engage their students to achieve the very best in learning and personal development. The process will take place in the classroom, on the playing fields, through clubs and activities, in outdoor education experiences, and social and recreational events. The academic process of the individual student will be carefully monitored and extra help given when the need is indicated. Parents will be kept well informed of their child's progress.

All programs follow the guidelines of the Ontario Ministry of Education and are organized to meet the needs of the novice student of French, the continuing immersion scholar or indeed the young person for whom French is the mother tongue.