Looking for a private school in Ottawa? Consider Elmwood School, considered among Canada's leading private schools for girls.
Do you want to surround your child with future leaders and an environment of civic engagement? If so, then a private school in Ottawa, Ontario is certainly the best option for you. Indeed, Canada's capital city is filled with fantastic private schools that, along with providing a first-rate education, also host plenty of engaging and important guest speakers.
Every girl here is known and valued—we see them as individual girls on individual journeys, and we inspire each girl to reach her full potential."
Meet with Ottawa's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Ottawa Private School Expo in November. This one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.
Choosing a private school in Ottawa could be challenging, as there are myriad choices, like boarding, Montessori, language-immersion, Christian, Waldorf schools, preschools (or daycares), and schools for gifted students. Here are some tips to help you navigate this rewarding process:
What are you looking for in a school? Are you most interested in extracurricular activities? Do you think that your child would do better with only one set of examinations per year? What is your ideal class size?
Two or three applications is a general rule of thumb. Indeed, if you merely apply to one school, rejection could be quite damaging, but giving yourself a few options is not overwhelming.
Don't go to too many, as subjecting yourself or your child to copious school tours could be unnecessarily stressful. But, at the same time, do not rely on merely one school. At these visits, be sure to speak to administrators, teachers, students, and their parents, as each party could give you a unique perspective about the school community.
Don't conceal financial information, as you may be eligible for financial aid.
Let the school make an informed decision. During the application and interview processes, share as much information with the school as you possibly could. This openness also means that you ought not to coach your child through the interview process. Could more information mean that the school rejects your application? Maybe. But, rejection is not necessarily negative, as it is the school's way of informing you that there is not a fit. You should not want your child to go to a school at which he or she would not excel.
How many field trips will your child go on? How much are these field trips? What are the school's uniform costs? How expensive are textbooks? Does the school provide lunch? Simply put, most private schools have in-year costs that extend beyond the tuition. You should confirm that the school is still appropriate for your budget.
A school that is close to your home may not be a requirement, but would be a nice luxury, especially if you have more than one child. In short, your child will likely be involved in out-of-class aspects of school life. If you drive your kids to school, you might have to make two trips if one of them is at school before or after regular hours.
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Use the list below as a great starting point in your search. Use it to compare locations, tuition rates and other factors. Best of luck in finding an excellent private school in Ottawa and the Greater Ottawa Area!
OMS Montessori (est. 1966)
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$13,776 to $20,388||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||13776|
Elmwood School (est. 1915)
Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$12,960 to $24,350||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||12960|
The Element High School (est. 2003)
The Element nurtures focused, engaged and internally motivated students who strive to do their best. The Element High School provides conditions that will put youth ‘in their element,’ in school and beyond. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$17,448||MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||17448|
Académie Westboro Academy (est. 1993)
Westboro Academy is a truly bilingual school serving JK-grade 8 students in the national capital region. We provide an exceptional education, in a community-focused and nurturing environment. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$13,410 to $14,333||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day||13410|
Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence (est. 1989)
Heritage Academy is an Ottawa private school that is designed for students with DYSLEXIA, ADD/ADHD and similar learning exceptionalities. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$14,600 to $15,500||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||14600|
Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)
Académie de la Capitale, an IB World School in Ottawa, offers programmes in both English and French, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$9,340 to $17,240||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||9340|
Macdonald-Cartier Academy (est. 1990)
Macdonald-Cartier Academy teaches Grade 7 & 8 students how to learn and offers an intensive French immersion program combining rigorous and accelerated academics with athletics and fun experiential learning. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$16,900||MiddleSchools Coed Day||16900|
Blyth Academy Ottawa focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning for Grades 7-12. Big experience in a small school! [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$12,495 to $15,895||MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||12495|
Kanata Academy (est. 1996)
Kanata Academy Private School offers Preschool, JK/SK to Grade 12. The average class size is 10 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$13,800 to $14,200||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||9999999999|
Académie St-Laurent Academy (est. 2007)
St-Laurent Academy is a private school that offers programs from nursery to high school in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$13,000 to $17,000||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||13000|
Fern Hill School - Ottawa (est. 1981)
Ottawa’s Fern Hill School offers Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Grades, including extended French. Tuition starts at $2,950. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$3,250 to $14,800||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day||9999999999|
Academie Providence (est. 2002)
Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$8,800 to $10,300||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day||8800|
Turnbull School (est. 1992)
Turnbull School is dedicated to academic excellence in a caring environment. We offer highly qualified teachers, small class sizes, well rounded and enriching programming, and variety in athletics, science and the arts. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$18,425 to $20,300||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day||18425|
Venta Preparatory School (est. 1981)
Venta Preparatory School offers programs from senior kindergarten to grade ten in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten students. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$10,000 to $41,085||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day||9999999999|
Cedar Ridge High School is an independent high school, grades 9 to 10, in Kanata, Ontario. Our school offers an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a focus on leadership, innovation, student engagement and academics. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$13,995/course||MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||13995|
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$9,045 to $15,855||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day||9045|
Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc (est. 1954)
In our all-girls environment, academic achievement in both official languages is the norm. A Joan of Arc Academy bilingual education prepares the women leaders for the challenges of tomorrow. Come and see the difference. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$14,825||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Girls Day||14825|
Lycée Claudel (est. 1962)
Seule école d'Ottawa admettant des élèves dans un système éducatif cohérent de la maternelle (trois ans) à l'entrée à l'Université, le Lycée Claudel applique le système et les programmes français. [View profile]
|Standard-enriched||$10,441 to $11,836||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||10441|
This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $23,600 to $58,300. [View profile]
|Accelerated||$22,440 to $52,300||MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day||22440|