VENTA PREPARATORY SCHOOL HAS CLOSED
Venta was a premier day and boarding school, situated on 50 acres in the countryside of Canada's Capital Region, welcoming children from around the world. Students from JK to Grade 10 thrive in a small class setting – maximum class size of 12 – where we offer academic excellence and individualized instruction, tailored for each child's success. Our philosophy nurtures a life-long love of learning preparing our graduates for university and higher level studies.
- VENTA PREPARATORY SCHOOL HAS CLOSED. PLEASE USE THE SCHOOL SEARCH TO FIND OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE AREA
Our Take: Venta Preparatory School
Venta was established in 1981 by Dr. Agatha Sidlauskas who remained active in the life of the school into her 100s. She was born in Lithuania in 1914, and had a front row seat for more history than she perhaps cared to see. Truly, she lived an amazing life. As a child she was curious, nature oriented, and forthright—all things that didn’t bode well in Eastern European schools of the time. Later, working in the Italian Embassy in Vilnius, she was accused, at gunpoint, by the KGB of being a spy. She studied child psychology, with a specific attention to school success—why some students did well while others didn’t, and worked with children on local pediatric psychiatric wards.
Her life in Canada began the moment she disembarked at Pier 21 in 1948, a refugee with a trunk full of books and little else. She worked as a domestic in Montreal, later becoming a nurse’s aid in the pediatric wards of General Hospital in Ottawa. "I connected with the children and found some success,” she said. “There were children who were bright but suffering. They had no joie de vivre. Something had to be done."
That was the nut from which Venta Preparatory Academy has grown. All of her experiences, in varying degrees, were entered into the mix, and her indelible imprint remains today. The school rightly prides itself on providing individual attention to each student, and entrance exams are less about ranking proficiency as they are a means of getting a good, objective handle on each student’s specific strengths and needs. The program is built around appreciating each student’s talents, their curiosity, and in nurturing positive, respectful interpersonal relationships.
Sidlauskas once commented that, today in Canada "It is freedom without guidance. [Children] are healthy, well off, have physical well-being. So they emulate hockey or rock stars." The school intends to teach as much through example as instruction, to ultimately provide a broader sense of success and of possibility.