Finding the right school for your children is an important decision for any family. Ottawa is home to a wide range of schools, including public, Catholic, and private options, each with its own unique features and programs. The Tulip Team as RE/MAX offers this tips for parents when 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 (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 websites: OCDSB, OCSB, CECCE, and CEPEO.
Look at School Ratings
The Fraser Institute is an independent research organization that ranks schools based on academic performance. You can use their rankings to compare schools in your area and see how they stack up. Check out their website for more information.
Tour the School
It’s always a good idea to visit the school in person and see what it’s like. You can talk to the staff and 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 programs for students with learning disabilities or for those interested in 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 schools can be expensive, some offer financial aid or scholarships to help offset the cost.
Finally, when planning ahead, it’s important to note that admission processes and timelines vary for each school board and school. Be sure to research and plan accordingly.
After picking the right school, it’s important to find a home in the right neighborhood. The Tulip Team can help you find the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood to suit your needs. Browse our website for our listings and our search tool or contact us today to learn more.
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