"At the time of this writing, it is reported that there are 102,000 children in 725 independent schools in Ontario. Up to another 20,000 children are being home schooled. The number of independent schools has increased from 560 in 1995. In the Ottawa area there are nearly forty independent schools including Christian, Jewish, Special Needs, Montessori, Waldorf and community based schools. It is a wonderful, rich diversity of schools for parents to choose." - excerpt from OFIS Newsletter.