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Healthy Schools Certification

Healthy Schools Certification

See the HS Certification List of Certified Schools for 2018/2019.

See the HS Certification Registration Infographic for 2018/2019.

Watch our NEW HS Certification VIDEO!

Registration for the 2018/2019 school year is now closed.


Celebrate Your Healthy School!

Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification (HS Certification) recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community.

Goals of Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification

  • Support and increase the capacity of schools across Ontario to address a priority health topic through the effective implementation of the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process
  • Celebrate and formally recognise an individual school’s achievements relating to Healthy Schools

How Does My School Register?

Registration begins the Tuesday after Labour Day (the first Tuesday in September) and remains open until the last Friday of October at noon (or until the maximum number of schools have registered, whichever comes first). Here is a list of what’s needed for registration. Schools that have not registered can still access the 2017-2018 Guidebook to help support their school in being a healthier school and to plan for next year. You can also watch our introductory webinar.

Why Get Certified?

  • To increase student engagement and leadership
  • To strengthen and/or make new community partners
  • To connect the dots between what your school is already doing
  • To implement provincial education policies at the school and board level
  • To support your School Improvement Plan and Board Improvement Plan
  • To guide your school community in addressing a priority health topic through the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process
  • To encourage students, staff, and the broader community to make healthier choices
  • Bragging rights! Everyone will know that you’ve been formally recognized for being a healthy school!

How Does My School Get Certified?

By completing the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process over the course of the school year, schools who have registered in the fall will earn points and can apply to be certified in April as a Gold, Silver, or Bronze level Healthy School. Certification is based on a school’s ability to follow and complete the process and not on the type or number of activities chosen so it’s flexible and adaptable for all school communities. School certification levels are announced in May of each year after an audit and a banner is sent to certified schools celebrating their level.

Have questions?

Feel free to contact us!


Ophea wishes to thank the Government of Ontario for their financial contribution to Ophea's Healthy Schools Certification.

As this project is funded in part by the Ministry of Education, the Ophea Healthy Schools Certification is open to elementary and secondary publicly funded schools, which includes English and French public and catholic school boards. However, we encourage you to review the Healthy Schools Guidebook for information regarding the Healthy Schools approach. Click here to go back to the Healthy Schools Certification Homepage.