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Académie St-Laurent Academy

641 Sladen Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 2S8

Grades (Gender):
Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
$13,000 to 17,000/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 15
Day: 200 (Gr. NS - 12)

School Address
641 Sladen Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 2S8
2525 Lancaster Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 4L5

About this school:


Centrally located in Ottawa, we have everything in place to help each student discover their unique path from daycare, JK-Gr. 12. Our teachers offer diversified approaches to learning, incorporating a universal design tailored to students’ multiple intelligences. Our award-winning programs feature strong academics, project-based science program, speciality programs (art, technology, music, dance, robotics), daily physical education with weekly specialty lessons (tennis, swimming, golf etc). Ministry Inspected. — Visit school website



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"he has done a 180, and we owe it to the school"
Eric Purdy - Parent   (Mar 10, 2018)
My son loves his experience so much that he is first in the car every morning. He has done a 180 in ...

Our Take: Académie St-Laurent Academy

our takeSt-Laurent is still fairly young, having been founded in 2005, though it certainly hit the ground running. Today it rightly has a strong reputation for the strength of its academic programs and the vibrancy of the school community. The program stretches from the early years through high school, and that’s a draw for families who would like to have a consistent school experience. There are two locations, one dedicated to augmenting the early years program. Neither location is smack dab in the centre of town, with a residential neighbourhood offering a welcome buffer and heightening the sense of place. There are of course very many resources on offer in the capital region, and instruction, rightly, reaches out to make good use of them. Also a draw is an active approach to emotional and social development, as is the attention to physical education and interpersonal and environmental empathy. The school was formed through a partnership with parents, and a very porous interface between faculty and families remains a strength of the school today.

Principal's Message


Mr. Bill Kokkaliaris, School Director

St-Laurent Academy offers your child engaging and caring teachers, a small class size, and a safe secure learning environment where diversity is celebrated. Whether in our daycare, elementary or high school program, your child will benefit from close personal relationships with teachers, and a focus on their individual success. I invite you to visit our classrooms and experience first hand the difference a St-Laurent Academy education can make for your child.


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What Académie St-Laurent says: Our youngest Daycare students (10 months - 3 years) follow the principles of How Does Learning Happen? - an Ontario Ministry of Education inquiry-based approach, which builds on children's interests and is directed by educators observations of their learning. Learning is documented and shared regularly with parents. Parents are an important part of the learning community and we invite them to extend learning at home. Parents are also invited to Open Houses regularly to participate in their child's learning. Our progressive Elementary & Secondary curriculum offers every student what they need to succeed; filled with hands on activities, regular field trips, and enriched projects, students are engaged and school becomes a challenging and fun part of life. With the Ontario Curriculum in mind, we differentiate our teaching and our assessment to meet the needs of each individual student. Multiple Intelligences are recognized, assessment is progress-oriented, and cross-curricular themes integrate subjects for learning connections. At St-Laurent Academy learners are active participants, problem solvers, and planners.

  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic French immersion

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: Math is taught with all learning modalities in mind, and differentiated for individual student success. We enjoy math conversations, visual math, hands-on activities as well as traditional math learning.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Jump Math, because of its scaffolded and spiral nature works for learners at both ends of the spectrum. Our students love the Smart Board integrated lessons. Students also have Mathletics accounts for online practice and international competition!

    • Calculator policy: Calculators are used regularly to support student learning.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Académie St-Laurent says: Beginning at 18 months of age, students at St-Laurent Academy have physical education EVERY day. We believe active bodies support active minds, and that creating the habit of daily fitness activities at an early age sets students up for a healthly and active lifestyle. Phys Ed is presented in our full-sized gymnasium 4 days a week, and once weekly we travel to the Ottawa Athletic Club for a number of non-traditional activities like tennis, squash, racketball, spinning, yoga, and swimming. Our Preschoolers also have a weekly swimming or skating sessions.

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Académie St-Laurent says: Our Kindergarten approach is academically oriented, with our teachers ensuring that students at this age receive time for direct-instruction every day! We also offer time every day for play-based learning and physical education daily. Our small classroom size allows for plenty of one-on-one attention, and close and secure relationships are built.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Académie St-Laurent says about flexible pacing: Students are sometimes grouped to work with children at similar levels. At other times stronger students are given opportunities to "teach" with groups of lower performing students. In this sense students are learning with peers, but also learning about collaboration. Students are also grouped by learning style as well.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What Académie St-Laurent says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • What Académie St-Laurent says: Our Resource Coordinator oversees the development of Individual Education Plans for both identified and non-identified students. Accommodations are suggested to ensure students are experiencing academic success, while leveling the playing field. We have Orton-Gilligham based dyslexia remediation options for students with language learning disabilities - 85% of our IEP's are for dyslexia, which often comes with very high intelligence, sometimes unevenly placed by subject. Average to gifted learners and dyslexic students are well supported by differentiation and Multiple Intelligences Theory to acheive to their best potential at St-Laurent Academy.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: St-Laurent Academy is a school for all kinds of learners. Students who are successful at St-Laurent Academy are of Average to Superior Intelligence, are motivated and engaged learners, who enjoy and value the learning process. Some of these students may not have been able to demonstrate their knowledge or intelligence in a traditional school setting; however, with teachers who understand how they learn, school is once again engaging and challenging, and each success builds upon the last. The majority of our students with special needs are dyslexic, and we support them with a scaffolded Orton-Gillingham remediation program in one-on-one sessions. Students having gone through these programs at St-Laurent Academy go on to be very successful in University and College Programs - often on the Honour Role. Our approach at St-Laurent Academy has prepared them well - giving them the self-esteem and tools to continue learning throughout life.

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Académie St-Laurent says: Each gifted learner is very different. Often gifted learners have uneven intelligence profiles with great strengths in some areas, and weaknesses in others. In consultation with our Director of Resource, an individual education plan will be created for each student, putting into place the appropriate strategies to help each student best succeed.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Académie St-Laurent says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
      Mountain biking
      Racquet Ball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Radio club
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What Académie St-Laurent says: Optional tutoring, pre and post care, and Summer Camp programs are available. Tuition can be paid in advance by credit card, or monthly by cheque.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students$1,000
    3rd child (sibling)all students$1,000
    4th child (sibling)all students$1,000

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 200
    Average enrollment per grade12
    Average class size10 to 15
    Gender (grades)Nursery/Toddler to Preschool (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Académie St-Laurent says:

    Daycare families are invited to visit our Daycare Centre to determine if our program meets their needs.

    Kindergarten and Grade 1 prospective students are invited to spend half a day with us, allowing us both to get to know each other and determine if St-Laurent Academy is a good match.

    Previous report cards, recommendations, and any previous assessments are also taken into consideration.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Académie St-Laurent Academy is looking for: Well rounded, curious students, who enjoy a challenge, and thrive in a close school community environment.

    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Notable Alumni


    Alumni Highlights

    • Alumni of St-Laurent Academy participate regularly in our Biodiversity Mentorship Program for Youth. An initiative of St-Laurent Academy's science program, these Saturday workshops bring youth together across Ottawa, and internationally to learn more about becoming biodiversity advocates in their communities. For further information: [email protected]

    Stories & Testimonials


    Now offering High School at St-Laurent Academy! Ministry Inspected 9-12.

    We are pleased to be offering a Grade 9 - 12 Ministry inspected high school program. A semestered program that focuses on individual student success - academic, emotional and social. We are currently accepting 2016/17 applications for Grade 9-11. Grade 12 will be introduced in September 2017.

    Please contact us at 613-842-8047, to learn more and book your personal visit. You will meet with our Principal Mr. Bill Kokkaliaris, tour the school, and learn more about how our program can help your teen succeed.  




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