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Special needs schools in Ottawa

Find special needs schools in Ottawa listed below

What are special needs schools in Ottawa and who are they for?

Does your child need a bit of extra support or more concentrated help in their day to day school life? Special needs schools are designed to help children with a range of physical disabilities as well as communication or cognitive disorders. These schools offer integrated programs or curricula devoted solely to assisting and encouraging your child, while helping them to feel safe as they explore their interests and full potential. 

Ottawa private school expo 

If you're considering a specialized or integrated program for your special needs child, the Ottawa private school expo in November will allow you to meet and speak with the best local schools for kids with special needs. Plus, free information seminars by education experts will help you ensure you're making the best choice when it comes to your child's education.

Benefits of your child attending a special needs school

In a more mainstream classroom,  the chances of your son or daughter getting lost in the shuffle is higher because teachers have the challenging task of trying to accommodate every child’s needs and instructing to a larger number of different types of learners. 

Ottawa special needs schools have alternative curricula that are more tailored to meet the needs of each student. Teachers are able to determine those individual needs from the start and alter their methods of instruction over time to work on strengths and weaknesses, as well as provide continuous group support with before and after care available in most environments.

These schools, like other private schools, also have the unique resources to provide different extracurricular activities to enhance a child’s education. And they offer your son or daughter the opportunity to participate in ways that stimulate their growth and build on their interests, while also giving them a chance to try something new with additional support. 

To learn more, read our guide on the pros and cons of special needs schools.

Types of Ottawa special needs schools 

Special needs schools in Ottawa are generally day schools that offer full or half-day kindergarten, private/individual lessons, tutoring, and a range of support for learning disabilities, dyslexia, and other types of special needsThis includes special needs schools in downtown Ottawa, Ottawa-Gatineau, Rockliffe Park, Rockland, Kemptville, Nepean, Kanata, Centrepoint, Centretown, the Glebe, Riverside Park, and Hampton Park

These schools also tend to offer bilingual language instruction, including ESL and French immersion, and a host of courses and programs in arts, history, public speaking, world religions and philosophy, as well as science, math, and technology.

Academics clubs, such as chess and debate clubs, may be included in the curriculum, and many sports such as baseball, gymnastics, and golf are available. Moral development programs like leadership, self-esteem, social justice, and character education are also options.

Costs of special needs education

You may be able to qualify for a medical tax break on tuition at eligible schools and a number of extended insurance plans will cover initial psychological assessments at special needs schools. It’s also possible to find scholarships or bursaries that can help pay for fees.  

Learn more ways to pay for private school, including financial aid, with 18 Tips to Paying for Private School

Choosing the right special needs school for your child

Beginning your search for the right special needs school in Ottawa starts with understanding your child. What kind of environment would help them flourish? What sort of specific support do they need? 

Make a list of what’s most important for your child and your family (is the location, cost or type of programs crucial, for example) and research school websites, request information packages, or visit school fairs like the Our Kids private school expos. Scheduling a tour of the school or going to an open house is a great way to find out everything the school has to offer, get a feel for whether that environment would be right for your child, and narrow down your choices.

Get more information on choosing a school with this step by step guide 

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List of dedicated Ottawa special needs schools


These are dedicated special needs schools in Ottawa, where 100% of the students have special needs. They provide full-time special needs support for all students in the school, through accommodations, modifications, and remediations.

 
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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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$14,900 to $17,700Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed14900ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety

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]
  • Traditional
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$9,000 to $10,300Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed9000ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Blindness Deafness Cystic Fibrosis Multiple physical Down syndrome ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe)

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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$14,800 to $16,300Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed14800ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Deafness Asperger's Syndrome Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)

March Academy (est. 2003)  

  • Kanata, Ontario
  • 1 to 6 Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
March Academy offers an alternative program for students in grades 1 through 6. Small classes with academic programming includes weekly lessons in the arts, the natural environment and daily physical education. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
$16,000Elementary Day Coed16000ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability

List of other (non-dedicated) schools in Ottawa with special needs support


These Ottawa schools offer special needs support to a segment of students through a wide range of placements. Environments offered may include dedicated, integrated, and withdrawal special needs classes, as well as regular classes with resource support and in-class adaptations.

 
  School Name Type Conditions Cost

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
  • Learning disabilities
$17,208 to $18,840MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed17208ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)

OMS Montessori (est. 1966)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (300 students)
OMS Montessori is a non for profit, independent school offering separate French and English programs within a world class Montessori environment. [View profile]
  • Montessori
  • Learning disabilities
$12,864 to $21,384Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed12864ADHD (moderate to severe) Dysgraphia

Académie de la Capitale (est. 1998)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
Acadecap International School a.k.a. 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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$13,340 to $19,510Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed13340Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Asperger's Syndrome Blindness Blindness Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Autism Asperger's Syndrome Clinical Depression

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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
$16,296MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed16296ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome

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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$12,850 to $19,675Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed12850ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

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
  • Learning disabilities
$8,000 to $17,550Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed8000Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

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