School – CHEO

Learning without limits

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

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

This multidisciplinary approach to education and therapy aims to create a foundation for early learning; maximizing each child’s potential in many areas including academic, physical, communication, and social development.

All children who attend the CHEO School transition to community school boards in order to continue building upon the skills fostered by the educational/therapy team.

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

Outdoor learning space

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

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

Contact us

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

For information regarding 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 is closely monitored, as well as timely and effectively communicated to parents by both teachers and therapists.

CHEO School is a short-term early intervention educational and therapy program with a goal to optimize progress for community school admission. CHEO School staff assist with transitioning students to schools and school boards in Eastern Ontario when students have reached and maximized their potential at CHEO School.

This transition is facilitated in partnership with families and community school partners under the guidance of the CHEO School Principal in collaboration with school liaison, teachers, as well as both educational and therapy teams.

School liaison services

The School Liaison team provides support services for students with a primary diagnosis of a physical disability who are clients of the Children’s Treatment Centre. Services are provided from Junior Kindergarten to age 18. Students do not need to attend the CHEO School in order to receive services.

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

The Liaison staff work collaboratively with families as they navigate the education system and provide support through school transitions in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for children, their families, and school teams.

Services are provided in both English and French.