Established in 1989, Heritage Academy is an Ottawa Private school specifically designed for students with Dyslexia and other language based exceptionalities. Our specialized environments and smaller class sizes also prove effective for students with ADD/ADHD and similar attention-based exceptionalities. Our mission is to provide each student with the support they deserve to enable them to reach their full academic potential. By promoting the values of honesty, perseverance, and respect, Heritage Academy fosters acceptance and growth among our students.
Come visit us to see how we support students with a variety of learning differences!
Who We Are
Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence, founded by Louise Brazeau, has come a long way since its inception. In the early 1980s, Louise (as she is known at the school) was a frustrated parent tired of watching her dyslexic son continually struggle in school. This compelled her to focus her time and energy towards dyslexia research in order to help her son and other children struggling with this learning exceptionality. Through her involvement in this issue, Louise became an internationally recognized expert in the field of dyslexia research and therapy. With the goal of providing an academic environment that met the unique needs of students with dyslexia and other learning exceptionalities, Louise opened Heritage Academy in 1989.
As Louise began to train new teachers, she recognized the necessity for a specialized system to support the development and strengthening of written language skills in dyslexic students. To meet this need, she developed the Simultaneous Multisensory Teaching method (SMT), a unique learning system available in both English and French. Since its introduction, teachers, students and parents alike have found this system to be a highly effective way of improving and enhancing reading, writing and spelling skills in dyslexic students. SMT is still taught at Heritage Academy, with the concepts being integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. SMT is also utilized in schools and homes throughout Canada and abroad.
With Louise Ward’s retirement in 2006, Heritage Academy is now under the watchful eye of Cheryl Ward, Louise’s daughter. The school has grown larger, but remains true to its original purpose. We continue to specialize in supporting dyslexic students, as well as students with other language-based learning exceptionalities. Our specialized environments and smaller class sizes have also proven effective for students with a wide range other exceptionalities. By promoting the values of honesty, perseverance and respect, Heritage Academy fosters acceptance and growth among our students, and enables them to reach their full academic potential.
We hope that our families and their loved ones are managing well during these challenging times. We wanted to share the most recent information from the Ministry of Education. As you know, all schools remain closed until April 5th, 2020.
There are many questions about what happens after that date. We are developing a plan to prepare for a possible extended closure if that is necessary based on public health advice. We will continue to keep you updated on this.
EQAO AssessmentsThe Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 year. For students who are graduating in the 2019-20 school year, the literacy graduation requirement as set out in Ontario Schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Program Requirements, 2016 will be waived. Students who are not graduating this school year will have the opportunity to write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) in the upcoming 2020-21 school year. We will be working with all families to ensure that all students are able to complete their work and meet the necessary requirements to move on to the next grade level.
Teachers have been looking at the different options to support their classes and will be deciding which online platforms will be best to utilize if the closures extend past April 5th.
We are committed to assisting each student in meeting their requirements to move on to the next grade level. There are a variety of wonderful options available so please bare with us as we solidify the best one for our student body.
We know that this is a stressful time for families. We are committed to developing resources to help.
All teachers will be emailing home Monday morning to provide families with further details.
Our families health and safety is our number one priority at this time. We will all get through this together.
Please stay well and practice the guidance of Ottawa Public Health in terms of social distancing and self-isolation as required.