M.F. McHugh Education Centre provides English-language educational programs and services to students who are in Care, Treatment, Custody, and Corrections programs, through funding provided by the Ministry of Education through the Grants for Student Needs, in partnership with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Children and Youth and Ministry of Health. The Ottawa Catholic School Board is the lead board in the coordination and administration of McHugh.
The focus of Care and Treatment programs is to provide education for students whose circumstances or needs are such that they are unable to attend their community school. Our students are given the opportunity to do an academic placement, within a clinical setting.
Each of our sites is partnered with an agency, referred to as our treatment partner. This partnership allows the student to continue with an educational experience while they receive the treatment deemed necessary.
M.F. McHugh is currently located in 18 different sites across the city of Ottawa, each working closely with one of 12 treatment partners. We serve children and youth between the ages of 4 and 21 years of age. Our students come from the OCSB, the OCDSB, as well as from outside school boards. Each of them, has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), with an associated alternative learning goal. The length of their stay in a McHugh program is determined by the treatment partner.
At the present time, our 63 staff, including two administrators, and seven lead teachers, serves over 400 students.