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Ottawa private high schools

Find high schools in Ottawa listed below.

What are Ottawa private high schools and who are they for?

Private high schools, also called secondary schools, generally enrol preteen and teenagers who begin their first level courses at age 13 to 14. A number of these schools in Ottawa in particular are able to transition children from lower grades, beginning as young as nursery and PS level and allowing their students to grow with them over time, fostering a strong sense of community by the time they reach high school years. Read more


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Ottawa, Ontario — Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from PreK to Gr. 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. View School Profile.


  • Recognized for academic excellence
  • Welcoming, inclusive and diverse community
  • International Baccalaureate World School (PYP, MYP, DP)
  • Round Square and Apple Distinguished school
  • Merit- and need-based scholarships available
Grades:
PS to 12 (Girls)
Type:
Progressive, International Baccalaureate
Tuition:
$15,540 to $29,700
Living:
Day
Enrollment:
370
Avg. Class:
15 to 17
Elmwood School 15540 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    St. Laurent Blvd./Montreal Rd.
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $18,500

Our mission is personalized student academic success in a friendly and caring school community, in which all students are emotionally supported and socially welcome.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Académie St-Laurent Academy 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Highway 417/Greenbank
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $18,633 to $20,225

Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), an IB World School, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from JK to Grade 12. Students thrive in a growth mindset environment and a culture of excellence.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Académie de la Capitale 18633 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Bank Street/Marché Way
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $18,256 to $21,222

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
The Element High School 18256 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Alta Vista Drive/Industrial Road
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $13,275 to $27,201

OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment.

  • Day
  • Montessori
OMS Montessori 13275 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $15,400 to $18,000

Heritage Academy provides a multisensory learning environment and supports students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety in Grades 1 -12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 15400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $6,000 to $12,000

At Polaris artistic expression, practical skills & movement are interwoven into academic subjects. Learning becomes an engaging journey of discovery of the world and of oneself through hands-on and experiential learning.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
Polaris School and Centre 6000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Bank/Heron
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $15,900 to $16,300

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Académie Westboro Academy 15900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Fisher Ave/Baseline Rd
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $19,900 to $21,900

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Turnbull School 19900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Vaughan Street/Bertrand Street
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $3,250 to $14,950

Ottawa’s Fern Hill School offers Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Grades, including Core & Advanced French. Tuition starts at $3,250.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Fern Hill School - Ottawa 3250 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Kanata, Ontario
    Eagleson Road/Stonehaven Drive
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $16,750 to $18,500

For more than 40 years, Kanata Montessori has been graduating students with self-confidence, critical thinking skills, respect, high academic achievement, and an international perspective.

  • Day
  • Montessori
  • Montessori
Kanata Montessori 16750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Iris St/Woodroffe Ave
  • JK to 8 Girls
  • $16,500

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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Academie Jeanne d'Arc 16500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Strandherd/Tartan
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $4,315 to $14,935

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.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Ottawa Christian School 4315 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Riverside Dr./Bank St
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $14,500 to $16,500

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Astolot Educational Centre 14500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Donald St/Frances St
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,700 to $11,200

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.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
  • Reggio Emilia
Academie Providence 9700 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Place Lycée Pl./Ruelle Hinks Lane
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $11,008 to $15,121

Our goal is to nurture curious spirits, which is why we value a multilingual pedagogy that encourages both French immersion and a wide selection of langage courses, while promoting cultural exchange.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Lycée Claudel 11008 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Bank St./Wilton Cres.
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $23,586 to $28,152

Blyth Academy The Glebe focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and strong student support for Grades 9-12. Big experience in a small school! Part of community of nine Blyth Academy campuses in Ontario.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
Blyth Academy The Glebe, Ottawa 23586 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Kanata, Ontario
    March Road/Sandhill Road
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • $16,000

March Academy offers an alternative program for students in grades 1 through 8. Small classes with enriching academics as well as weekly lessons in music, the arts, nature, yoga, taekwondo, and daily physical education.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
March Academy 16000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $17,950 to $20,000

Edelweiss Private Academy offers elementary education to students with ASD and other exceptionalities, maintaining small teacher to student ratios. We promote strong academic, physical and social-emotional development.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Edelweiss Private Academy 17950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $30,585 to $71,720

This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $30,585 to $71,720.

  • Boarding/Homestay/Day
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
Ashbury College 30585 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $12,705 to $20,620

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, a not-for-profit independent school in Ottawa, provides an authentic Christian Montessori approach for children 3 months to 14 years.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 12705 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

The main difference with a private high school compared to elementary or middle school years is that during the first couple terms of their four to six years of education at the high school level, students take required courses in sciences, social studies, mathematics and language arts, with the latter portion of their junior and senior year studies devoted to postsecondary programs or job training.

Ottawa Private School Expo

If your are looking for a great high school in Ottawa, don't miss the Ottawa Private School Expo in November. Meet with the very best local schools, and Canada's leading boarding schools all in one day, at one location. This includes private high schools in downtown Ottawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Rockliffe Park, Rockland, Kemptville, Nepean, Kanata, Centrepoint, Centretown, the Glebe, Riverside Park, and Hampton Park. 

Benefits of your child attending a private high school in Ottawa

Along with the opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of Canada’s capital while studying in the city, attending an Ottawa private high school provides a number of additional resources and educational philosophies not offered in the public school system to help meet the needs of each individual student.

Smaller class sizes and lower student-to-teacher ratios allow students to have more one-on-one attention with teachers, and strong parent and teacher communication gives parents peace of mind whether their children are boarding or attending day programs, strengthening that sense of school community.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate programs, as well as other types of advanced study programs, are also offered at Ottawa high schools giving students additional enrichment opportunities to help them prepare for post-secondary education courses.

Types of Ottawa private high schools

Niche high schools in Ottawa focus on AP and IB programs, gifted programs, or special needs, Montessori, as well as arts or sports, however there are more traditional academic high school options available.

Would your son or daughter be interested in an all-girls or all-boys environment? Single-sex high schools as well as co-educational schools have their own benefits, and faith-based schools (such as Christian, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic) have their own distinct advantages to consider too. All of these choices are available in the Ottawa area.

Choosing the right high school for your child

With so many of these school options available, it may seem difficult to narrow down a select list. But choosing the right school fit doesn’t have to be a stressful process.

Start by considering your son or daughter’s needs first and foremost, eliciting the advice of an advisor or educational consultant if you feel it will be helpful in assessing individual interests and needs, and how certain types of high schools might benefit your child.

Research schools by those factors that are important to your family and involve your preteen or teen in the process. Compare school profiles, visit school websites and annual school fairs like the Our Kids Private School Expos, or plan to visit the school for a private tour or during their Open Houses. Bring your son or daughter along if possible to experience the atmosphere and prepare some questions to ask school officials or current students, as well as the parents of current students.  Create a shortlist of a few schools your family is interested in applying to.

Applying to an Ottawa private high school

Keep in mind that the application deadlines at schools vary so be sure to confirm those dates and plan for the interview process (anywhere from November to February) and acceptance period (usually the end of February for many schools).

Application fees are required at all schools and the school will often request copies of documents such as transcripts and report cards, along with other forms that can be submitted by mail.

Part of the application process also includes an interview. “Most schools handle the interview portion of the application process like a conversation or chat,” says educational consultant, Elaine Danson. “This is a chance for the school to learn more about the student and for the student to ask any questions he or she may have about the school.”

As part of this process, students may also be required to take the SSAT.  Learn more about applying to a private school with SSAT exams

Ottawa high school university placement

In private high schools, students generally have access to more resources to help them prepare for university, such as working one on one with counselors to choose a school and navigate the admissions process. Unlike public school counselors who often have hundreds of students to assist, private school advisors are able to focus more closely on the individual student.  

Read more about university preparation, trends in private schools, and general high school information in high schools in Canada.  

Costs of a private high school

Paying for a private high school in Ottawa will vary depending on the type of school, anywhere from $8,000 or $9,000 to $21,000 or over $50,000. However, there are options available to help pay for tuition, such as scholarships and bursaries or sibling discounts in some cases. Get more information about paying for private school, including financial aid, with these 18 tips

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