How to Choose the Right School in Ottawa

Finding the right school for your children is an important decision for any family.

Tulip Team REALTORS® Kayla Meyer, Ryan Brown, Bryanne Rheault, Alex Wickham, and Reed Allen share some of the tips and tricks for choosing the right school zone for your family.

Ottawa is home to a wide range of schools, including public, Catholic and private options, each with its own unique features and programs.


Here are some tips for picking the right school in Ottawa;

Research The School District

Ottawa is divided into a number of school districts, each with its own schools and programs. It's important to research the school district that your home falls within and what schools are available in addition to public and Catholic school boards. Ottawa also offers French immersion Montessori and alternative schools.

Consider the school board

Ottawa has four main school boards the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, OCDSB., the Ottawa Catholic School Board of OCSB, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO), and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). Each board has its own philosophy and values, so it's important to consider which one aligns best with your own. You can find more information about each board on their respective website.

Look at the school ratings.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research organization that ranks schools based on their academic performance. And you can use their rankings to compare schools in your area and see how they stack up against each other.

So check out their website for more information.

Tour the school

Tt's always a good idea to visit the school in person and see what it's like. You can talk to the staff and the students, see the facilities and get a feel for the school culture.

Be sure to call and book a tour with the staff to be able to get your private tour. Some schools may also offer virtual tours.

Consider your child's needs.

Every child is different, so it's important to consider their individual needs when picking a school. If your child has learning challenges or specialized interests, you may want to look for a school with programs and support to meet those needs. For example, some schools in Ottawa offer specialized training programs for students with learning disabilities or for those interested in the arts, music or sports.

It's also important to consider the cost of private schools in Ottawa and the financial assistance available to families. While private school can be expensive, some offer financial aid or scholarships to help offset those costs.

Finally, when planning ahead, it's important to note that admission processes and timelines vary for each school, board and school. So be sure to do your research and plan accordingly.

After picking the right school, it's important to find a home in the right neighborhood.

The Tulip Team at RE/MAX can help you find the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood to suit your needs.

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