School – CHEO

Unlimited learning

Located on the CHEO campus, directly across from the Roger Neilson House, the CHEO School is an educational facility that provides unique and innovative educational/therapy programs for kindergarten students with complex physical needs.

This early intervention program is led by a team of highly qualified and committed educators and therapists. Physical, occupational and speech therapy are integrated into a full day school program based on the Ontario curriculum. This program is offered in English and French.

This multidisciplinary approach to education and therapy aims to create a foundation for early learning; maximize the potential of every child in various areas including academic, physical, communication, and social development.

All children attending the CHEO School transition to the community school board to continue building on the skills developed by the education/therapy team.

School transitions are facilitated by the School Liaison team through a collaborative process with educational, therapy, community and parent partners under the supervision of the CHEO Principal.

Outdoor study room

The outdoor learning space at CHEO School provides a safe environment where all students have the opportunity to learn through play and exploration. Outdoor classrooms promote creativity and problem solving skills.

Photo Gallery: CHEO School Outdoor Learning will appear here on the public website.

contact us

The CHEO School is located at 395 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario.

For information on admission to the CHEO School, please contact Principal Mari Murray:

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Assessment, evaluation, goals and transitions

Assessment and evaluation of each student’s educational and therapeutic progress are closely monitored, and communicated in a timely and effective manner to parents by teachers and therapists.

CHEO School is a short-term early intervention education and therapy program with the aim of optimizing the progress of community school admissions. CHEO School staff helps students transition to schools and school boards in Eastern Ontario when students have achieved and maximized their potential at CHEO School.

This transition is facilitated in partnership with family and community school partners under the guidance of the CHEO Principal in collaboration with school liaisons, teachers, and the education and therapy team.

School liaison service

The School Liaison Team provides support services for students with a primary diagnosis of physical disability who are clients of the Child Care Centre. Services are provided from Junior Kindergarten through the age of 18. Students do not need to attend a CHEO School to receive services.

Through a consultative service model, the Liaison Team provides support to school teams, Special Education Consultants, therapists, and community organizations as needed to help meet the diverse educational needs of children with physical disabilities throughout Eastern Ontario.

Liaison Officers work collaboratively with families as they run the education system and provide support through school transitions to ensure the best outcomes for children, their families and the school team.

Services are provided in English and French.