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Edelweiss Private Academy

Grades K TO Gr. 8 — Ottawa, ON (MAP)

Edelweiss Private Academy:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    K — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    3 — 12 students
  • Tuition
    $20,500 to 40,000/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    39 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 31 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa, Ontario, K2A 1R9 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Edelweiss Private Academy

The purpose of any great private school is to support a segment of the learner population, giving them the attention that they require to be successful and to have their talents recognised and celebrated. By that metric, without a doubt, Edelweiss is a great private school. The approach is evidence based, keyed to a range of personal and academic outcomes, and delivered by faculty members who have direct, clinical experience. The range of exceptionalities that students arrive with are varied, though ultimately the approach is student-centred, working with each to ensure that they feel comfortable and grow and learn. Often, and this is true in the case of Edelweiss, the parameters of the environment are a key element—whatever challenges the students are experiencing, they don’t exist on the periphery of the school community, pulled from classes say for one-on-one with a teaching assistant. Rather they feel central within it, precisely because they are, in fact, central to it. In this environment, they don’t feel exceptional, but an equal part of a shared community that understands them.

School's Perspective

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How Edelweiss Private Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Our school caters to the needs of students with exceptionalities. We provide a multi-team approach to promote our students’ academic, physical and social emotional development. We maintain small teacher to student ratios. The core subjects are delivered through evidence based Direct Instruction. We promote socialization and character development through a Social Skills course of study. Our students also benefit from a thorough PE and Arts program. We work closely with parents to help students reach their potential."

  • Catering to students with Autism, and/or other exceptionalities
  • Direct Instruction for Reading, Math, Writing, Spelling and Language
  • Hands-on STEM activities
  • Effective Social Skills and Life Skills programming
  • Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and Ontario Certified Teachers
  • Daily physical Activities, weekly yoga, swimming and other sports
  • Enriching Arts program including dance, drama, music and visual arts
  • Applied Behavioural Analysis techniques and small teacher to student ratio
  • Online learning option
  • Multi-team approach

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We use evidence based programming for our core subjects. A multi-team approach of teachers, EAs, STs, and Psychologist work together to ensure each child's unique needs are addressed. We provide Life Skills training, a rich Arts program, and an enhanced Physical Education program that includes yoga and weekly swimming. Our Social Skills program helps students become good citizens. A welcoming, friendly environment supports the academic, physical, & social-emotional development of our students."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"We maintain small teacher:pupil ratios. We are an ABA school, teaching provincial curriculum. Our students feel welcomed and comfortable as their self-esteem grows. Our staff is trained in working with special needs students and are dedicated to seeing our students reach their potential. Ongoing professional training ensure staff remain current in the field. EPA provides quick, full student assessments and feedback. Our school can arrange for psychological assessments and family therapy."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"We are an ABA school and we use a multi-disciplinary and multi-team approach. Our core subjects are taught through evidence based Direct Instruction, specifically designed for each student. We provide daily, effective communication with parents. An array of additional supports are available for student success. Each student's needs are addressed efficiently and support is provided quickly. The EPA staff is highly trained in their respective field."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"We are an ABA school with a highly qualified staff., including OCT teachers. EPA core subjects are taught using evidence based programs and specifically geared to the individual child. Our students enjoy fun French classes, and a full Arts and Phys. Ed. program, including weekly swimming. The school grounds have large playing fields and two play structures, one designed for special needs students. EPA is centrally located and easily accessible from major routes."

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Edelweiss Private Academy

Video reviews of Edelweiss Private Academy

Parent, Kimberly Easy (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Kimberly Easy to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Edelweiss Private Academy.

Parent, Candice Shaver (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Candice Shaver to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Edelweiss Private Academy.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Mrs. Heather Wyatt, Principal
B.A, B.Ed, OCT.

As principal of Edelweiss Private Academy, I am pleased to welcome you to our school’s profile page at Our Kids.  Our exceptional school carters to the unique academic and social needs of students with autism and/or other exceptionalities. Our school is ideal for students who are experiencing social or academic difficulties in mainstream schools, or who are transitioning from IBI therapy and are ready for group learning. Our talented, dedicated staff provide students with a safe, supportive environment where they can reach their full potential. At Edelweiss Private Academy we believe in educating the whole student; promoting academic, physical and social emotional development. The core subjects of Reading, Math, Writing and Spelling are taught through evidence based Direct Instruction. Our students also benefit from a full Arts and physical education program that includes weekly yoga and swimming. An online learning option is available for medically fragile students. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] to arrange a visit to our terrific facility. We look forward to meeting you and your child.


Mrs. Heather Wyatt,


Edelweiss Private Academy

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