Considering Private School? Private School Expo in Ottawa Best Place to Start

| October 8, 2015 | 4 Comments



Any parent who has gone through the process of searching for a private school knows what an overwhelming experience this can initially be. But the Ottawa Private School Expo, hosted by Our Kids (, simplifies the approach.  It offers parents as well as prospective students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with many local private schools, ask questions, and get a better overall sense of the advantages of getting a private-school education, all in the same day. 

“The event is really designed to help families understand the educational options for their kids. It’s for the parent who wants a quality education and is looking outside the public-school system to see what’s available, and how private schools can give them an advantage,” explained Agnes Stawicki, managing editor at Our Kids. “It’s an opportunity to meet schools and get all of the information in one day. Families can come out and listen in on informational sessions, meet with educational experts, and they’re able to start their search.”

Our Kids hosts six Private School Expo events across the country every fall. The popularity of the Expos has seen significant growth over the past decade.

Our Kids also publishes one of Canada’s most comprehensive private-school guides, which includes important tips and advice parents and students need to know when researching a school — trends in education (programs and curriculum), types of schools (for example, explaining the difference between preschool curriculums such as Montessori, Play Based or Reggio inspired), questions that parents can ask schools, resources on how to pay for private school, information on different tax credits or bursaries that are available, and much more. 




“There’s also a full directory of private schools across Canada that we publish every year,” Stawicki said.

More than 200 people are expected to come out for the Ottawa Private School Expo, and students are welcome along with the whole family. 

“We encourage them to come, specifically for slightly older grades,” Stawicki said. “It’s important to involve them in the process.” 

When families arrive they will receive a floor plan outlining exhibiting schools and a list of questions that they can ask, with a portion of those questions addressing the students’ needs. “If they’re involved, they’ll take more ownership and are often more successful in their education,” Stawicki added.

At the Expo, each family will also receive a copy of the Private School Guide (a $19,95 value). 

If families register on the website prior to attending, they can get a coupon for a 50% discount on the regular admission fee of $20 per family at the door.

The Ottawa Private School Expo hosted by Our Kids will take place on Sunday, October 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel. For the schedule of seminars and list of exhibiting schools, please visit

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    Sounds like a great event for parents who are interested to attend

  2. Laurie P says:

    …wish there was an event like this in my part of town. So very informative, so many great options!

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    as a fairly young child, around 10 yrs old I say, I really did use to fancy going to a boarding/private school – I think it was reading all the Bobbsey Twins books that did that – made it seem so attractive and lots of fun. 🙂

  4. kathy downey says:

    Its nice to have options !

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