Choosing Elmwood

At Elmwood, we’re looking for motivated and enthusiastic girls who will contribute positively to the life of the school through their motivation, intellectual curiosity and willingness to try new things. In turn, we inspire each girl to reach her full potential, motivate her to succeed and prepare her for university and beyond.

Discovering Elmwood is an exciting process. We invite you to make a visit to our campus for a tour or join us for an upcoming admissions event. Our Admissions team is dedicated to helping you learn what makes Elmwood the right fit for your daughter and family, guiding you through our admission process, and answering all your questions along the way. The students, faculty, and staff at Elmwood look forward to welcoming you to our campus soon!

Ask a Student

Looking for information from somebody who has experienced all that Elmwood has to offer first hand? There are many current students who would be happy to give you an insider’s perspective of life at Elmwood. Click to view a student’s bio where you can then submit your questions to learn more!

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Elmwood is an independent, not-for-profit school. Our sole purpose is to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students. That means that all tuition goes directly to the operating budget of the school. Our educational program is also supplemented by fundraising, such as the Annual Campaign, the Elmwood Gala and Elmwood Parents’ Association initiatives.

Elmwood offers two tuition payment plans:

Payment Option 1: 4 equal payments in March 2014, June 2014, August 2014 and January 2015
Payment Option 2: 11 equal payments from March 2014 to January 2015

In addition, Elmwood offers Tuition Refund Insurance that gives parents the opportunity to insure fees in the event of student withdrawal or dismal, provided the student has attended more than 14 consecutive calendar days commencing with the student’s first class day of attendance in the academic year. For more information, contact Tanja Mackin, Director of Finance and Administration.

There are also a few additional annual fees (technology program and/or uniform, for example).

Click through for a detailed breakdown of Elmwood fees for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

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Scholarships/ Financial Aid

At Elmwood, we want to attract the best and brightest girls in the area and open the Elmwood experience to deserving candidates. Offering merit-based scholarships as well as needs-based financial aid insures that we meet this goal. This is made possible through generous donations from the Elmwood community.

Elmwood is committed to attracting exceptional girls with unique qualities through our scholarship program. We realize, however, that identifying talent isn’t a simple process. That’s why we’ve designed our scholarship process to allow us to get to know our candidates, learn about their current achievements, and help us assess their potential for future academic success and how they might contribute to school life.

We welcome outstanding girls to apply to our scholarship program by filling out the application form. All applicants will then participate in an interview with the Director of Admissions and may be asked to participate in a second interview with the Headmistress (and/or another member of Elmwood’s Scholarship Committee). Applicants will also be required to write the Elmwood Entrance Exam.

Click here to download the Elmwood Scholarship Guide.

Click here to download the scholarship application.

Deadline for Submission: The deadline for September 2015 scholarships has passed.

Margaret White Scholarship

Margaret White was the Headmistress of Elmwood School from 1982 to 1990. In her memory, her family generously endowed an annual scholarship to be awarded to a deserving student that exemplifies the Elmwood spirit.

Each year the Margaret White High School Entrance Scholarship is awarded to a promising student entering Grade 9 who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership, and extra-curricular and community involvement. The scholarship has a value of $5,000 per year for four years.

Along with completing the application form linked above, students must submit a financial aid application through Apple Financial.

Deadline for Submission: The deadline for September 2015 scholarships has passed.

Financial Aid

We believe that one of the main things that makes Elmwood such a great place to learn and grow is the diverse makeup of our community. That’s why we’re dedicated to reaching out to exceptional students from diverse backgrounds. Financial aid allows us to offer the advantages of an Elmwood education to girls who show promise, regardless of their family’s economic situation.

Parents are encouraged to apply for a bursary at the same time as a child’s application for admission is submitted to the school. Bursaries are awarded according to need (not scholastic or other special gifts), but successful applicants must satisfy the school’s entry requirements and work to capacity while at the school. Financial Aid may be combined with a scholarship.

To apply for financial aid, fill out this questionnaire administered by a third party, Apple Financial Services. This questionnaire is used to determine to whom an offer of a bursary would be most beneficial.

Please contact our Acting Director of Admissions, Elise Aylen, for more information.

International Students

Elmwood welcomes international students into our community every year. With strong representation from Ottawa’s diplomatic community along with students attracted by our world-class International Baccalaureate curriculum, our student body represents over 30 different countries from around the world. We’re proud to have such a diverse community that offers students a truly global perspective.

Homestay Program

Elmwood’s Homestay Program provides the opportunity for students to study and grow at Elmwood while living with a local family, sharing meals in the household, and taking part in family life.

As a homestay student, Elmwood girls will get an unparalleled cultural experience. Along with taking part in family life and students being provided with a certain degree of independence and responsibility, students whose first language isn’t English will be immersed in the language, helping them improve their language skills very quickly.

Friendships forged between our visa students and their host families can be long lasting and rich with possibilities for future travel and cultural exchange.

To take part in Elmwood’s Homestay Program, simply:

  1. Apply to Elmwood for admission
  2. Apply to Canada Homestay International (CHI) by visiting and completing the necessary forms.
  3. Elmwood and Canada Homestay International will be in contact to complete the application process.

Ready for your daughter to become part of the Elmwood community?

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