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Special needs schools in Ottawa

Special needs schools in Ottawa

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What are special needs schools in Ottawa and who are they for?

Does your child need a bit of extra support or more concentrated help in their day to day school life? Special needs schools are designed to help children with a range of physical disabilities as well as communication or cognitive disorders. These schools offer integrated programs or curricula devoted solely to assisting and encouraging your child, while helping them to feel safe as they explore their interests and full potential. 

Ottawa private school expo 

If you're considering a specialized or integrated program for your special needs child, the Ottawa private school expo in November will allow you to meet and speak with the best local schools for kids with special needs. Plus, free information seminars by education experts will help you ensure you're making the best choice when it comes to your child's education.

Benefits of your child attending a special needs school

In a more mainstream classroom,  the chances of your son or daughter getting lost in the shuffle is higher because teachers have the challenging task of trying to accommodate every child’s needs and instructing to a larger number of different types of learners. 

Ottawa special needs schools have alternative curricula that are more tailored to meet the needs of each student. Teachers are able to determine those individual needs from the start and alter their methods of instruction over time to work on strengths and weaknesses, as well as provide continuous group support with before and after care available in most environments.

These schools, like other private schools, also have the unique resources to provide different extracurricular activities to enhance a child’s education. And they offer your son or daughter the opportunity to participate in ways that stimulate their growth and build on their interests, while also giving them a chance to try something new with additional support. 

To learn more, read our guide on the pros and cons of special needs schools.

Types of Ottawa special needs schools 

Special needs schools in Ottawa are generally day schools that offer full or half-day kindergarten, private/individual lessons, tutoring, and a range of support for learning disabilities, dyslexia, and other types of special needs.

These schools also tend to offer bilingual language instruction, including ESL and French immersion, and a host of courses and programs in arts, history, public speaking, world religions and philosophy, as well as science, math, and technology.

Academics clubs, such as chess and debate clubs, may be included in the curriculum, and many sports such as baseball, gymnastics, and golf are available. Moral development programs like leadership, self-esteem, social justice, and character education are also options.

Costs of special needs education

You may be able to qualify for a medical tax break on tuition at eligible schools and a number of extended insurance plans will cover initial psychological assessments at special needs schools. It’s also possible to find scholarships or bursaries that can help pay for fees.  

Learn more ways to pay for private school, including financial aid, with 18 Tips to Paying for Private School

Choosing the right special needs school for your child

Beginning your search for the right special needs school in Ottawa starts with understanding your child. What kind of environment would help them flourish? What sort of specific support do they need? 

Make a list of what’s most important for your child and your family (is the location, cost or type of programs crucial, for example) and research school websites, request information packages, or visit school fairs like the Our Kids private school expos. Scheduling a tour of the school or going to an open house is a great way to find out everything the school has to offer, get a feel for whether that environment would be right for your child, and narrow down your choices.

Get more information on choosing a school with this step by step guide 

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List of dedicated Ottawa special needs schools


These are dedicated special needs schools in Ottawa, where 100% of the students have special needs. They provide full-time special needs support for all students in the school, through accommodations, modifications, and remediations.

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    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
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    $14,600 to $15,500Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14600ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Clinical Depression Clinical Depression

    List of other (non-dedicated) schools in Ottawa with special needs support


    These Ottawa schools offer special needs support to a segment of students through a wide range of placements. Environments offered may include dedicated, integrated, and withdrawal special needs classes, as well as regular classes with resource support and in-class adaptations.

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    School NameConditionsSupport mechanismsCost

    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]
    • Indirect support
    $17,448MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day17448

    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
    • Indirect support
    $13,776 to $20,388Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13776ADHD (moderate to severe)

    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]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $9,340 to $17,240Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9340Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Blindness
    Blindness
    Dysgraphia
    Dyscalculia
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Autism
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Clinical Depression

    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
    • Resource assistance
    $13,410 to $14,333Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day13410

    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: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    • Partial integration
    • Dedicated class
    $8,800 to $10,300Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day8800ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Intellectual disability
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Blindness
    Deafness
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Multiple physical
    Down syndrome

    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]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    $12,495 to $15,895MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12495ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Down syndrome
    Intellectual disability
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

    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]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    • Partial integration
    $10,000 to $41,085Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit

    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]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    $13,800 to $14,200Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Autism
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Intellectual disability
    Intellectual disability
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

    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]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Resource assistance
    $13,995/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13995ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Asperger's Syndrome

    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
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $9,045 to $15,855Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day9045ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Autism
    Autism
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Down syndrome
    Down syndrome
    Down syndrome
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Clinical Depression
    Clinical Depression
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Suicidal thoughts
    Suicidal thoughts
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

    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]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $13,000 to $17,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13000Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Autism

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