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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, 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."

Ottawa Private School Expo

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 an Ottawa School

Choosing a private school in Ottawa could be challenging, as there are myriad choices, like boardingMontessori, language-immersion, Christian, Waldorf schools, preschools (or daycares), 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 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?

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 the Greater Ottawa Area!

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    Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Girls
    • Day school (370 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$12,960 to $24,350Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day12960

    OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (245 students)
    OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$13,776 to $20,388Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13776

    The Element High School (est. 2003)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (100 students)
    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]
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$17,448MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17448

    Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence (est. 1989)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    Heritage Academy is an Ottawa private school that is designed for students with DYSLEXIA, ADD/ADHD and similar learning exceptionalities. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$14,000 to $15,500Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14000

    Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    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]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Student-paced$9,340 to $17,240Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9340

    Académie Westboro Academy (est. 1993)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (165 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$13,410 to $14,333Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day13410

    Venta Preparatory School (est. 1981)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 10 Coed
    • Day school (65 students)
    • Boarding school (25 students)
    Venta Preparatory School offers programs from senior kindergarten to grade ten in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten students. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal, Ottawa
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$10,000 to $41,085Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999

    Cedar Ridge High School   

    • Kanata, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (75 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$13,995/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13995

    Kanata Academy (est. 1996)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (105 students)
    Kanata Academy Private School offers Preschool, JK/SK to Grade 12. The average class size is 10 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$13,800 to $14,200Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Turnbull School (est. 1992)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (330 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$18,425 to $20,300Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day18425

    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (185 students)
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$9,045 to $15,855Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day9045

    Blyth Academy Ottawa   

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$12,495 to $15,895MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12495

    Académie St-Laurent Academy (est. 2007)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$13,000 to $17,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13000

    Fern Hill School - Ottawa (est. 1981)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (180 students)
    Ottawa’s Fern Hill School offers Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Grades, including extended French. Tuition starts at $2,950. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$3,250 to $14,800Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Lycée Claudel (est. 1962)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (1010 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$10,441 to $11,836Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10441

    Academie Providence (est. 2002)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    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 $8,050 [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$8,300 to $9,800Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day8300

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy (est. 1990)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 7 to 8 Coed
    • Day school (64 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Traditional
    Accelerated$16,900MiddleSchools Coed Day16900

    Ashbury College   

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 4 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (592 students)
    • Boarding school (108 students)
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$22,440 to $52,300MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day22440

    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc (est. 1954)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Girls
    • Day school
    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$14,825Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Girls Day14825

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