My husband and I are planning on moving to Ottawa early in 2014. We are from the UK and trying to research schools in the city. I see there are a lot of biligual schools but not many international schools the follow the British national curriculum . My children are aged 8 and 11 so we want them to settle into life in Canada with as little stress as possible. I am just concerned because neither of them have studied French before.
Are there any other expat mums and dads out there that can give us an insight into education in Ottawa ? What are our options ?
There are very few real international schools in Ottawa and the all follow the IB curriculum. However, competition is fierce for places and fees are quite high.
Generally, public schools in Canada offer a good standard of education and fees and minimal. You can also look at private or faith based schools depending on your budget and preferences.
For a more detailed overview check out the Expat Arrivals page Education and Schools in Ottawa.
Good luck :)