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Gifted schools in Ottawa

Find the top gifted schools and programs in Ottawa.


On this page, we cover private schools in Ottawa, Ontario that offer gifted programs and support. This includes gifted schools and programs in downtown Ottawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Rockliffe Park, Rockland, Kemptville, Nepean, Kanata, Centretown, Centrepoint, the Glebe, Riverside Park, and Hampton Park. 

For a more complete guide to gifted education, including a discussion of private vs. public options, start with our introductory guide.


Table of Contents


  1. List of gifted schools in Ottawa

  2. Choosing a school

  3. Tuition at gifted schools in Ottawa

  4. Compare gifted schools

  5. A primer on gifted education
  6. Further resources


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Private schools are not obligated to support gifted learners with special programs. Many private schools don't—even ones with strong academic reputations. The schools listed on this page, however, do. We organize the schools into groups: dedicated gifted schools, schools with dedicated gifted classes, and schools offering in-class gifted support. Then, in the fourth group, we identify schools that don't offer formal gifted support but have accelerated curricula for all their students.


These are self-contained gifted schools, where 100% of the students are gifted. Teachers and staff can focus on tailoring the environment to gifted students, without compromise.

  School NameTypePaceCost

Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
Acadecap International School ( Académie de la Capitale), an IB school, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Student-paced$16,628 to $18,128
User
reviews (1)

• User reviews (1)

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]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$16,175

Astolot Educational Centre (est. 1997)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
Astolot Educational Centre is a day school with grades 1 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. Classroom teacher-student ratios are 1 to 10. Students have the ability to reach their full potential with Astolot programming. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$14,800 to $16,300
User
reviews (1)

• User reviews (1)

March Academy (est. 2003)  

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
March Academy offers an alternative program for students in grades 1 through 8. Small classes with academic programming includes weekly lessons in the arts, the natural environment and daily physical education. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Student-paced$16,000
User
reviews (5)

• User reviews (5)

These schools have a separate, dedicated class (or classes) where 100% of the students are gifted. These gifted classes can be either full-time or part-time, and exist in parallel to regular, non-gifted classes.

  School NameTypePaceCost

Académie St-Laurent Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
Our mission is personalized student academic success in a friendly and caring school community, in which all students are emotionally supported and socially welcome. [View profile]
  • Progressive
Standard-enriched$11,500 to $18,500
User
reviews (1)

• User reviews (1)

Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence (est. 1989)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
Heritage Academy provides a multisensory learning environment and supports students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety in Grades 1 -12. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$14,900 to $17,700
User
reviews (4)

• User reviews (4)

Académie Westboro Academy (est. 1993)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
Westboro Academy is a proud leader in bilingual education for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Give your child a lifetime of excellence with Ottawa's most personalized, truly bilingual education. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Standard-enriched$15,435 to $15,776

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$12,575 to $20,215
User
reviews (5)

• User reviews (5)

Cedar Ridge High School (est. 2016)  

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
Cedar Ridge High School is an independent high school, grades 7 to 12, in Kanata, Ontario. Our school offers an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a focus on leadership, innovation, student engagement and academics. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Standard-enriched$17,500

Academie Providence (est. 2002)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler 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]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Standard-enriched$9,200 to $10,700

Blue Sky School (est. 2017)  

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • Progressive
Student-paced$18,000


These schools offer support for gifted students within the regular classroom. Gifted students stay with regular learners, while receiving special, individualized programming.

  School NameTypePaceCost

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]
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Student-paced$17,208 to $18,840

Turnbull School (est. 1992)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 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$19,700 to $21,700

Ottawa Christian School (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
Ottawa Christian School is an independent Christian day school, educating children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 for a life of faithful Christian discipleship and service. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$4,315 to $14,935
User
reviews (2)

• User reviews (2)

Blyth Academy Ottawa   

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
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]
  • Liberal Arts
Standard-enriched$18,395 to $23,995

Parkdale Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
The School offers authentic Montessori education, individualized learning, accommodations to meet each child’s needs, hands-on learning, enriched curriculum, and outdoor exploration. [View profile]
  • Montessori
Student-paced$14,700 to $17,550

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 a full French immersion program combining rigorous and accelerated academics with athletics and fun experiential learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
Accelerated$17,100


These schools offer no formal program for gifted students, but have an accelerated baseline curriculum. This means all students—gifted or not—do the work of older peers at other schools. For highly gifted learners (those in the 99th percentile), this alone is likely not enough to support their needs.

  School NameTypePaceCost

Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool 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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$14,800 to $28,300

Ashbury College (est. 1891)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $29,130 to $69,290. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Accelerated$29,130 to $69,290




Our gifted education guide has advice specific to finding gifted programming. For insights that are more general (on how to evaluate school options), we recommend you review our hub on choosing a school, as well as top expert advice. You can also read our guides to questions to ask private schools and questions students get asked at school interviews.

Private school expos

Private school expos are ideal launching pads for your school-finding journey. The Ottawa private school expo allows you to speak with 15+ of the leading Ottawa private schools — all in one place. Find a gifted school near you.

Parent discussion forum

Word-of-mouth is another powerful tool in your school-finding arsenal. The Our Kids parent discussion forum allows you to discuss your options and debate topics about gifted education. You can use our community of parents, educational experts, alumni, and school officials to help answer your questions and stimulate your thinking.

Upcoming open house events

Attending open houses is a great way to learn more about a school and get a feel for the environment. For some general advice on open house visits, go here. For questions to ask that are specific to gifted programs, check out our main gifted education guide.


School nameDateLocation
Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • October 24, 2020 12:15 pmMacdonald-Cartier Academy
    270 Crichton St Ottawa Ontario K1M 1W4



    Broadly speaking, the cost of gifted schools in Ottawa reflects private school tuition in general. Private schools can range from $5,000 to over $30,000 per year for day students.

    There are quite a few affordable private schools for gifted kids. Inexpensive schools can often provide an excellent education by focusing on the classroom basics. You don't need to spend a fortune on bells and whistles: the key is getting your child individualized support. Having said that, the pricier schools will tend to provide a wider breadth of in-class and extracurricular opportunities. They will also tend to be larger and more established. Nonetheless, for most schools, the largest operating expense is usually teacher salaries.

    Many schools offer financial aid (also known as "bursaries", "tuition relief", or "tuition assistance") and scholarships. Financial aid is needs-based, while scholarships are given for some measure of merit (whether it be academic, athletic, or something else). You can read more about financial aid and scholarships in our dedicated guide. Generally speaking, the larger and more expensive private schools provide the most aid. Even comfortable middle-class families can be eligible to receive aid, so don't be afraid to ask a school about it—whatever your financial situation.

    Below you'll find the range of costs at Ottawa private schools with gifted programming:


     
    Tuition (day school)Students receiving financial aidGrade eligibility for financial aidAvg. aid package size (annual)
    Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • $13,960 to $26,9606%6 - 12$6,800
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • $17,448
    Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • $9,330 to $15,385JK - 8$2,000
    Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • $26,3008%4 - 12$6,700
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • $13,760 to $16,170Nursery/Toddler - 8
    Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • 10%1 - 8$10
    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • $16,175JK - 8




     Legend:

    DS: Dedicated gifted schools
    DC: Dedicated gifted classes
    SE: Subject-enrichment
    CC: Curriculum compacting
    IS: Guided independent study
    CL: Cyber-learning
    AC: Accelerated pace
    LI: Language immersion
    AP: Advanced Placement
    IB: International Baccalaureate
    SN: Special needs and LD support
     
     DSDCSECCISCLACLIAPIBSN
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • Parkdale Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $14,700 to $18,695
  • Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • Blue Sky School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000




  •  
     Founding dateEndowmentAdmissions rateEnrollmentEnrollment
    per grade
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • 200790%30019
    Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • 191570%37025
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • 2003100%10025
    Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • 199890%65
    Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • 199280%36033
    Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • 196623223
    Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • 198975%12010
    Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • 199390%15014
    Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • 189170%70078
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • 198399%200
    Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • 2016110
    Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • 2002$0100%20015
    Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • 95%00
    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • 1954100%00
    Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • 199790%655
    Parkdale Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $14,700 to $18,695
  • 2007787
    Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • 1990$1,960,00085%6432
    Blue Sky School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • 201721
    March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000
  • 200390%324




     
     
    Primary curriculum
    Secondary curriculum
    Curriculum pace
    Academic culture
    Average class size
    Language immersion
    Special needs support
    Tech integration
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedRigorous10 to 15No supportMedium integration
    Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous15 to 17No supportHeavy integration
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveIndirect SupportHeavy integration
    Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • ProgressiveInternational BaccalaureateStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 12Withdrawal AssistanceHeavy integration
    Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive10 to 18No supportMedium integration
    Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportiveWithdrawal Assistance
    Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive6 to 12Special needs schoolMedium integration
    Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedRigorous15No supportMedium integration
    Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • TraditionalInternational BaccalaureateAcceleratedRigorous17No supportMedium integration
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • MontessoriStudent-pacedSupportiveWithdrawal AssistanceLight integration
    Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • ProgressiveMontessoriStandard-enrichedRigorous12 to 15Resource Assistance
    Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • ProgressiveReggio EmiliaStandard-enrichedRigorous8 to 20Special needs schoolMedium integration
    Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • Liberal ArtsStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 16No supportHeavy integration
    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • ProgressiveStandard-enrichedSupportive8 to 19No supportMedium integration
    Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • TraditionalStandard-enrichedSupportive5 to 10Special needs schoolMedium integration
    Parkdale Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $14,700 to $18,695
  • MontessoriStudent-paced15 to 24Indirect Support
    Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • TraditionalAcceleratedRigorous10 to 16No supportHeavy integration
    Blue Sky School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • ProgressiveStudent-pacedSupportive8 to 15Indirect Support
    March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000
  • Liberal ArtsStudent-pacedSupportive6 to 10Special needs schoolLight integration





     Legend:

     ADHD

    Learning disorders:
     Dyslexia
     Auditory processing disorder
     Dyscalculia
     Dysgraphia
     Language processing disorder
     Non-verbal learning disorders
     Visual motor deficit
    Development disorders:
     Autism
     Asperger's

    Behavioural and emotional:
     Troubled teens
     Depression
     Suicidal
     Substance abuse
     Oppositional defiant disorder
    Physical:
     Dyspraxia
     Blindness
     Deafness
     Cystic fibrosis
     Multiple physical
     
     
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • Parkdale Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $14,700 to $18,695
  • Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • Blue Sky School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000




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     Admission deadlineSSAT requiredInterview requiredAcceptance rateNext open house
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • Day: rolling9 - 1290%
    Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • Day: rollingPreschool - 1270%
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • Day: rolling7 - 9100%
    Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • Day: rollingPreschool - 1290%
    Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • Day: rolling80%
    Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • Day: rollingSK - 8
    Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • Day: rolling1 - 1275%
    Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • Day: rollingJK - 890%
    Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • Day: Mar 9, 2018
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    4 - 1170%
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • Day: rollingNursery/Toddler - 899%
    Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    JK - 8JK - 8100%
    Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • Day: rolling7 - 1295%
    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • Day: rollingJK - 8100%
    Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • Day: rolling
    Boarding: rolling
    Homestay: rolling
    1 - 1290%
    Parkdale Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $14,700 to $18,695
  • Day: rolling
    Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • Day: rolling7 - 885%Oct 24, 2020
    Blue Sky School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • Day: Jan 1, 1970
    Boarding: Jan 1, 1970
    Homestay: Jan 1, 1970
    March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000
  • Day: rolling1 - 690%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • 75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%75%
    Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • 90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%90%
    Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • 70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%70%
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • 99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%
    Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • 100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
    Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • 95%94%95%95%95%
    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • 90%90%100%100%100%100%90%90%80%90%90%80%
    Parkdale Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $14,700 to $18,695
  • Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • 85%50%
    March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000
  • 100%100%80%40%40%20%




     
     
    Nursery/Toddler
    Preschool
    JKSKK123456789101112
    Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • 70%70%70%70%




     
     MathScienceLiteratureHumanities Social SciencesForeign LanguagesFine Arts
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceTraditionalEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
    Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • Equal BalanceInquiryEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • Traditional MathEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalancePragmatismEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceAudio-LingualEqual Balance
    Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative
    Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceWe don't offer Foreign LanguagesEqual Balance
    Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual Balance
    Parkdale Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to K (Coed)
  • Day school (78 students)
  • $14,700 to $18,695
  • Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCreative
    Blue Sky School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000
  • Equal BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceEqual BalanceCommunicativeCreative




     
     
    Student council
    School newspaper
    Yearbook
    Radio club
    Photograph club
    Art club
    Choir
    Band
    Dance club
    Yoga club
    Drama club
    Debate club
    Chess club
    Math club
    Science club
    Robotics club
    Computer club
    Environmental club
    Outdoor club
    Community service
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • Blue Sky School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000




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    Badminton
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Cricket
    Equestrian
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Swimming
    Tennis
    Track and Field
    Volleyball
    Wrestling
    Académie St-Laurent Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (300 students)
  • $13,000 to $17,000
  • Elmwood School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Preschool to 12 (Girls)
  • Day school (370 students)
  • $13,960 to $26,960
  • The Element High School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (100 students)
  • $17,448 to $17,448
  • Académie de la Capitale
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (65 students)
  • $16,628 to $18,128
  • Turnbull School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (360 students)
  • $19,350 to $21,300
  • Ottawa Christian School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (232 students)
  • $4,422 to $15,385
  • Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (120 students)
  • $14,600 to $16,000
  • Académie Westboro Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • $14,440 to $14,985
  • Ashbury College
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Homestay school
  • Boarding school
  • Day school
  • $26,300 to $64,700
  • Bishop Hamilton Montessori School
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,315 to $16,170
  • Cedar Ridge High School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (110 students)
  • $16,296 to $16,296
  • Academie Providence
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nursery/Toddler to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (200 students)
  • $9,200 to $10,700
  • Blyth Academy Ottawa
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school
  • $18,395 to $23,995
  • Joan of Arc Academy / Academie Jeanne d'Arc
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 (Girls)
  • Day school
  • $16,175 to $16,175
  • Astolot Educational Centre
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
  • $14,800 to $16,300
  • Macdonald-Cartier Academy
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 7 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (64 students)
  • $17,100 to $17,100
  • Blue Sky School
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 5 to 10 (Coed)
  • Day school (21 students)
  • $18,000 to $18,000
  • March Academy
  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Day school (32 students)
  • $16,000 to $16,000




  • Make no mistake: gifted kids have different needs than typical students. These learners are often so advanced in their intellectual abilities that they are outliers in the classroom: a normal curriculum and approach won't be enough. When these students don't receive the custom support they need, they can disengage from school -- and even become depressed.

    If you know or suspect your child is gifted, you're faced with the following questions:

    You can also consider other options, like language immersion programs, the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement courses (for older students), special needs programs, or other alternatives like Montessori schools.

    If you're still grappling with these questions, start with our introductory guide to gifted education. Once you're versed in the fundamentals, re-visit this page to explore your specific school options in Ottawa area.

    Private school policies

    Private schools are not required by law to provide support for gifted children—and many don't. On the other hand, some private schools are able to offer highly individualized programs for gifted learners. The term "buyer beware" definitely applies here: it's up to you to make sure schools are properly set up for gifted learners. The list of private schools on this page (above) is a good place to start your search.












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