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Elmwood School

Grades Preschool TO Gr. 12 — Ottawa, ON (MAP)

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School address

  • 261 Buena Vista Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 0V9 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Elmwood School offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, occasional rider.

The regions Elmwood School offers busing from are:

  • Kanata

Additional notes: We offer service to select areas of the city.

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How we see Elmwood School

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How Elmwood School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Elmwood is one of the most innovative girls’ schools in North America, offering all three levels of the IB Programme. Acclaimed for its academic excellence, caring atmosphere and strong community spirit, Elmwood is a school where girls are encouraged to stretch themselves, try new things, create and explore. We strike a balance between traditional academic goals and innovative approaches to achieving those goals. We create inquiring lifelong learners, engaged global citizens, and confident, compassionate leaders."

  • 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

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Elmwood School

Video reviews of Elmwood School

Parent, Swathi Kappagantula (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Swathi Kappagantula to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Elmwood School.

Parent, Ryan Schwartz (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Ryan Schwartz to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Elmwood School.

Parent, Julie Legris (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Julie Legris to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Elmwood School.
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School leadership

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

Interview with school leader

Watch our Elmwood School leadership interview with James Whitehouse to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
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Message from school leadership

James Whitehouse, Head of School

When we talk to the girls about what makes their school special we get as many different answers as we have students. Not far from every girls answer though is family and confident young women. There is something here for each and every girl to love, to get involved in and to find inspiring. 

Over 100 years ago, Theodora Philpot, an entrepreneurial and visionary woman, founded Elmwood School. Although the subjects we teach and the manner in which we teach have evolved dramatically since 1915, Mrs. Philpot would still recognize the essence of the school she created. 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. That is the School's mission statement, and it is something every member of our community lives every day 

Our holistic approach to girls' education combines superior academics with outstanding co-curricular activities and healthy lifestyle choices. The powerful and supportive all-girls environment here gives students the freedom to stretch themselves, take risks and learn from their mistakes. We are specialists in how girls learn, so we can tailor things to exactly what works best for them. 

At the base of everything is our reputation for academic excellence. Elmwood is the only school in Ottawa accredited to deliver all three levels of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme ranging from preschool right up to the senior grades. This is a fully transferable, world-class education, and the combination of the "gold standard" IB program and a strong Ontario curriculum is the best preparation for university and beyond 

When girls graduate from Elmwood they are ready to move on to the next phase of their education with confidence. They have become inquiring, lifelong learners with an exceptional education, confident, caring leaders and compassionate, engaged global citizens. 

I hope you will come visit us soon. We all look forward to sharing our school with you.

Best regards,

James Whitehouse, Head of School 


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