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Do you want to surround your child with future leaders and an environment of civic engagement? If so, then a private school in Ottawa, Ontario is certainly the best option for you. This includes private schools in downtown Ottawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Rockliffe Park, Rockland, Kemptville, Kanata, Centretown, Centrepoint, Nepean, the Glebe, Riverside Park, and Hampton Park. 

Indeed, Canada's capital city is filled with fantastic private schools that, along with providing a first-rate education, also host plenty of engaging and important guest speakers.

Ottawa Private School Expo

Meet with Ottawa's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Ottawa Private School Expo in November. This one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education. 

Every girl here is known and valued—we see them as individual girls on individual journeys, and we inspire each girl to reach her full potential."


Choosing an Ottawa School

Choosing a private school in Ottawa could be challenging, as there are myriad choices, like boardingMontessori, language-immersion, Christian, Waldorf schools, preschools (or daycares), and schools for gifted students. Here are some tips to help you navigate this rewarding process:

Make a list

What are you looking for in a school? Are you most interested in extracurricular activities? Do you think that your child would do better with only one set of examinations per year? What is your ideal class size?

Apply to more than one school

Two or three applications is a general rule of thumb. Indeed, if you merely apply to one school, rejection could be quite damaging, but giving yourself a few options is not overwhelming.

Visit a few schools

Don't go to too many, as subjecting yourself or your child to copious school tours could be unnecessarily stressful. But, at the same time, do not rely on merely one school. At these visits, be sure to speak to administrators, teachers, students, and their parents, as each party could give you a unique perspective about the school community.

Be upfront about your finances

Don't conceal financial information, as you may be eligible for financial aid.

Be upfront about your child

Let the school make an informed decision. During the application and interview processes, share as much information with the school as you possibly could. This openness also means that you ought not to coach your child through the interview process. Could more information mean that the school rejects your application? Maybe. But, rejection is not necessarily negative, as it is the school's way of informing you that there is not a fit. You should not want your child to go to a school at which he or she would not excel.

Find out about hidden costs

How many field trips will your child go on? How much are these field trips? What are the school's uniform costs? How expensive are textbooks? Does the school provide lunch? Simply put, most private schools have in-year costs that extend beyond the tuition. You should confirm that the school is still appropriate for your budget.

Consider location

A school that is close to your home may not be a requirement, but would be a nice luxury, especially if you have more than one child. In short, your child will likely be involved in out-of-class aspects of school life. If you drive your kids to school, you might have to make two trips if one of them is at school before or after regular hours.

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Use the list below as a great starting point in your search. Use it to compare locations, tuition rates and other factors. Best of luck in finding an excellent private school in Ottawa and the Greater Ottawa Area!

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OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
OMS Montessori (formerly Ottawa Montessori School) is an alternative private school that offers programs from 18 months to High School (The Element High School). [View profile]
  • Montessori
$12,480 to $20,760


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12480

Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • Day school (375 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
$13,500 to $25,660


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 13500

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
$16,608 to $18,288


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16608

Académie Westboro Academy (est. 1993)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (165 students)
Westboro Academy is a truly bilingual school serving JK-grade 8 students in the national capital region. We provide an exceptional education, in a community-focused and nurturing environment. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,157 to $14,691


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 14157

Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
Académie de la Capitale, an IB World School in Ottawa, offers programmes in both English and French, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Students thrive in a culture of academic excellence and real-life learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$11,760 to $18,128


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11760

Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence (est. 1989)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Heritage Academy is an Ottawa private school that is designed for students with DYSLEXIA, ADD/ADHD and similar learning exceptionalities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,600 to $16,000

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14600

Astolot Educational Centre (est. 1997)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
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
$13,800 to $15,800


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 13800

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
$18,900 to $20,850


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 18900

Lycée Claudel (est. 1962)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (950 students)
Seule école française d'Ottawa admettant des élèves dans un système éducatif cohérent de la maternelle (2 ans 1/2) à l'entrée à l'Université, le Lycée Claudel applique le système et les programmes français. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,288 to $14,176


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10288

Fern Hill School - Ottawa (est. 1981)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (180 students)
Ottawa’s Fern Hill School offers Preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Grades, including extended French. Tuition starts at $2,950. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,250 to $14,800


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 3250

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
$16,395 to $22,625


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 16395

Cedar Ridge High School   

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (100 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
$14,750


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14750

Parkdale Montessori School (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (98 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
$7,500 to $18,260


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 7500

Ashbury College (est. 1891)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (592 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
  • Boarding school (108 students)
This traditional private school in Ottawa, Ontario offers Grades 4 to 12 with 100 boarding and 600 day school students. Tuition is from $23,600 to $58,300. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$26,300 to $64,700


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Boarding Coed 26300

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
$15,750


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Girls 15750

Académie St-Laurent Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
St-Laurent Academy is a private school that offers programs from nursery to high school in Ottawa. Its average class size is ten to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$11,500 to $17,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11500

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 an intensive French immersion program combining rigorous and accelerated academics with athletics and fun experiential learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$16,900


MiddleSchools Day Coed 16900

Academie Providence (est. 2002)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$9,000 to $10,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9000

Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS 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
$9,315 to $16,170

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9315

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