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
Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $16,970 to $32,800
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Elmwood School 16970 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
Ottawa, Ontario
St. Laurent Blvd./Montreal Rd.
 
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"Our mission is personalized student academic success in a friendly and caring school community, in which all students are emotionally supported and socially welcome." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $12,500 to $18,800
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Académie St-Laurent Academy 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Highway 417/Greenbank
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $20,983 to $26,978
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Académie de la Capitale 20983 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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"Heritage Academy provides a multisensory learning environment and supports students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety in Grades 1 -12." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,600 to $19,000
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Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 16600 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Kirkwood/Laperriere
 
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"Revel Academy is a learner-driven micro-school that utilizes adaptive and mastery-based technology, Socratic discussions, hands-on projects, and real-world apprenticeships in an innovative, character-forging community." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $15,250
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Revel Academy 15250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Place Lycée Pl./Ruelle Hinks Lane
 
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"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. French and excellence are our priorities." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,041 to $15,885
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Lycée Claudel 14041 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Orleans, Ontario
 
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"Ottawa Victory Christian Academy becomes an extension of your family. Staff and teachers know each child and work with students and their family to achieve success academically, socially, physically, and spiritually." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $7,250 to $7,750
  • Day school
  • 50 students
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Ottawa Victory Christian Academy 7250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Bank Street/Marché Way
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $19,760 to $23,005
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The Element High School 19760 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Conroy Rd/Walkey Rd
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,000 to $18,000
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Astolot Educational Centre 16000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Bank St./Wilton Cres.
 
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"Blyth Academy The Glebe focuses on personalized education, small class sizes, and strong student support for Grades 7-12. Big experience in a small school! Part of community of eight Blyth Academy campuses in Ontario." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $23,550
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Blyth Academy The Glebe, Ottawa 23550 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Kanata, Ontario
Eagleson Road/Stonehaven Drive
 
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"For 50 years, Kanata Montessori has offered excellent learning environments for students to grow emotionally, socially and academically into a positive global citizen." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $16,750 to $22,500
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Kanata Montessori 16750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Mariposa Avenue/Springfield
 
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"This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $33,720 to $76,830." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $33,720 to $76,380
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Ashbury College 33720 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding 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


Frequently Asked Questions

How many Ottawa private high schools are there?
There are 12 Ottawa private high schools that are Our Kids trusted members.

How much is tuition at Ottawa private high schools?
Tuition fees for Ottawa private high schools range from $4,600 to $76,380 per year with an average tuition of $20,787 per year.

What’s the largest school?
Of the Ottawa private high schools, the largest is Lycée Claudel with 980 students in Grades PS to 12.

Are Ottawa private high schools good?
We interviewed both parents and students. You can read reviews about Ottawa private high schools on this page.

Is there a private school expo where I can meet with Ottawa private high schools?
Yes. You can meet with private schools and education experts at the Our Kids Private School Expos held every year in September and October. These events are designed for both parents and students. Find event details and ticket info here.

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