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Ottawa Private Schools

Find 18 Ottawa schools listed below.

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Do you want to surround your child with future leaders and an environment of civic engagement? If so, then a private school in Ottawa 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.

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Choosing an Ottawa School

Choosing a private school in Ottawa could be challenging, as there are myriad choices, like Montessori and schools for gifted students. Here are some tips to help you navigate this rewarding process:

Make a list

What are you looking for in a school? Are you most interested in extra-curricular activities? Do you think that your child would do better with only one set of examinations per year? What is your ideal class size?

Apply to more than one school

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.

Visit a few schools

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.

Be upfront about your finances

Don't conceal financial information, as you may be eligible for financial aid.

Be upfront about your child

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.

Find out about hidden costs

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.

Consider location

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 area!


425 Marché Way, Unit 201, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5J3
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6

Ottawa
We nurture 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]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,932 to $17,172 per year
1 Rideau Street, Suite 700, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8S7

Ottawa
A+ World Academy is a boarding school like no other. 11th and 12th grade studies, including Advanced Placement, from a classroom that reaches around the world. Learning underway since 1927. [view profile]
  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • $55,000 USD per year
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
425 Marché Way, Unit 201, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5J3

Ottawa
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,320 to $19,260 per year
200 Brewer Way, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5R2

Ottawa
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]
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Language-based
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $12,760 to $14,333 per year
261 Buena Vista Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0V9

Ottawa
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]
  • Day
  • International Baccalaureate
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,580 to $22,980 per year
1010 Morrison Drive, Suite 200, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 8K7

Ottawa
Académie de la Capitale is an IB World School in Ottawa,ON. We offer 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]
  • Day
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $18,799 per year
352 Danforth Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 0E2

Ottawa
We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Located in vibrant Westboro Village, Blyth Academy Ottawa is surrounded by art galleries, boutiques and the Gatineau Hills. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $18,799 per year
149 King George Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 1V2

Ottawa
VINCI School offers a truly unique and advanced education for bright and gifted children from Toddler-Gr6. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2

Ottawa
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $7,890. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Faith-based
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • $8,695 to $16,737 per year
1565 Maple Grove Rd, Kanata, Ontario, K2V 1A4

Kanata
[view profile]
  • Day
  • Sports-intensive
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,350 to $16,850 per year
207 Bayswater Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 2G5

Ottawa
Heritage Academy is an Ottawa private school that is designed for students with DYSLEXIA, ADD/ADHD and similar learning exceptionalities. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $15,000 per year
362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3

Ottawa
This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 570 day school students. Tuition is from $20,200 to $48,200. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,440 to $55,300 per year
998 Frances Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 3L5

Ottawa
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 starts at $7,700 [view profile]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • $7,700 to $12,200 per year
50 Vaughan Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1X1

Ottawa
Ottawa’s Fern Hill School offers Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Grades, including extended French. Tuition starts at $2,950. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • $2,950 to $13,650 per year
1635 Riverside drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0E5

Ottawa
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]
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,441 to $11,836 per year
641 Sladen Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 2S8
2525 Lancaster Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 4L5

Ottawa
St-Laurent Academy is a gifted private school that offers programs from nursery to grade eight in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Gifted
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $11,500 to $16,500 per year
1132 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 6P7

Ottawa
Turnbull School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Ottawa. Its average class size is 12 students. Discover Turnbull. [view profile]
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $17,650 to $19,550 per year
2013 Old Carp Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K0A 1L0

Ottawa
Venta Preparatory School offers programs from senior kindergarten to grade ten in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten students. [view profile]
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 10 (Coed)
  • $10,000 to $41,085 per year
425 Marché Way, Unit 201, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5J3
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,932 to $17,172 per year
view profile
1 Rideau Street, Suite 700, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8S7
  • Boarding
  • Traditional
  • 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • $55,000 USD per year
view profile
335 Lindsay Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0L6
425 Marché Way, Unit 201, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5J3
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Alternative
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,320 to $19,260 per year
view profile
200 Brewer Way, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5R2
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Language-based
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $12,760 to $14,333 per year
view profile
261 Buena Vista Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0V9
  • Day
  • International Baccalaureate
  • JK to 12 (Girls)
  • $18,580 to $22,980 per year
view profile
1010 Morrison Drive, Suite 200, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 8K7
  • Day
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $18,799 per year
view profile
352 Danforth Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 0E2
  • Day
  • Academic
  • 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • $9,000 to $18,799 per year
view profile
149 King George Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 1V2
  • Day & Boarding
  • Montessori
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Nursery/Toddler to 6 (Coed)
  • Varies per year
view profile
2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2
  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Faith-based
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • $8,695 to $16,737 per year
view profile
1565 Maple Grove Rd, Kanata, Ontario, K2V 1A4
  • Day
  • Sports-intensive
  • Academic
  • 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • $16,350 to $16,850 per year
view profile
207 Bayswater Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 2G5
  • Day
  • Special Needs
  • Academic
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • $13,500 to $15,000 per year
view profile
362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0T3
  • Day & Boarding
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • $22,440 to $55,300 per year
view profile
998 Frances Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 3L5
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • $7,700 to $12,200 per year
view profile
50 Vaughan Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1X1
  • Day
  • Academic
  • Preschool to 6 (Coed)
  • $2,950 to $13,650 per year
view profile
1635 Riverside drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 0E5
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
  • $10,441 to $11,836 per year
view profile
641 Sladen Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 2S8
2525 Lancaster Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 4L5
  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Gifted
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • $11,500 to $16,500 per year
view profile
1132 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 6P7
  • Day
  • Traditional
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • $17,650 to $19,550 per year
view profile
2013 Old Carp Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K0A 1L0
  • Day & Boarding
  • Academic
  • JK to 10 (Coed)
  • $10,000 to $41,085 per year
view profile

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