International Students

Welcome International Students!

Founded in 1915 in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, Elmwood School is ranked as one of the top 25 private schools in Canada and one of the most innovative schools in North America.

We are the only IB World School in Ottawa—one of only a few in Canada—offering the IB Continuum (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme) for girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. Acclaimed for our academic excellence, safe and caring school atmosphere, Elmwood is a school where girls are encouraged to learn, create and explore. We model the best practice in educating girls. We strike a balance between traditional academic goals and innovative approaches to achieving those goals. We create inquiring lifelong learners, compassionate and engaged global citizens, and confident caring leaders. 100% of our graduates are accepted to world-class universities. They are well-prepared to take on challenges of post-secondary education and future careers. With our mission to inspire each girl to reach her full potential, Elmwood is where girls who want to change the world become the women who do.

We are interested in recruiting selected international students to Grades 9 to 11 in our Senior School with the support of a homestay program, or younger students to our Junior School (kindergarten to Grade 5) and Middle School (Grades 6 to 8) if accompanied by one or both parents.

Admission Process
The following are our application requirements:

 1.     Fill out the online application form.
2.    Pay application fee of CAD $150.
 3.   Provide report cards for the past two years.
 4.   Submit a handwritten personal statement.
 5.   Provide a recent photo, a copy of your passport, immunization records and SSAT results.* 
 6.   Participate in a video interview with the Elmwood Admissions Team.

*SSAT is a standardized test widely used by leading private schools in US and Canada and one of the key application requirements for our International Students. Test centres are located in cities around the world and test take place once a month from October to June (excluding May). For more information about SSAT and to schedule a test, please click here.

Click here for information about our tuition fees.
Learn More
Click on the links below to learn more about Elmwood School, the International Baccalaureate Programme and the City of Ottawa.

Elmwood at a Glance
The ABCs of Elmwood School's International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme
Elmwood's Middle School
IB Primary Years Programme: Frequently Asked Questions
IB Middle Years Programme: Frequently Asked Questions
IB Diploma Programme: Frequently Asked Questions
Ottawa Facts
Video Tour of Ottawa

Summa Summarum

Meet our Director of Admissions, Elise Aylen

Our Director of Admissions, Elise Aylen is eager to help you start your Elmwood journey. Her goal is to find and welcome mission-appropriate students and their families to our vibrant community of learners.

We understand that choosing an independent school for your child is one of the most important decisions a family can make and we are here to assist you at every step of the application process. Reach out to Elise by phone at 613-744-7783 or via email at for any questions you might have.