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Alberta schools for ADHD

Alberta schools for ADHD

Find private schools in Alberta offering ADHD support. Schools listed below.

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Children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADD) may face more challenges than the average child. However, families can find many schools for students with ADHD in Alberta. These independent or private schools provide learning difference supports designed to assist your child in navigating the complex world of academics. At ADHD private schools, students receive the individualized attention they need. Because private schools have small class sizes, your child will not be a mere number.

About ADHD

According to ADHD Canada, ADHD is the most common childhood psychiatric disorders as it comprises approximately 35 percent of kids who visit mental health clinics.

Those close to children with ADHD often misunderstand their symptoms. What some may judge as mischief or apathy can actually be symptomatic of a larger condition. As ADHD Canada notes, "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurologically based development disorder usually diagnosed in early childhood or adolescence." While there are no scientific diagnostic tests for ADHD, medical professionals use a range of observation-based techniques to identify whether one has this condition. Some common signs and symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Hastiness
  • Restlessness
  • Distractibility
  • Disinterest in any particular thing (e.g., rapidly changing television channels)

Alberta's Private Schools for ADHD

Alberta offers many excellent private schools that ensure your child with ADHD does not fall behind in class. Because ADHD children have a tendency to lose focus, small class sizes are an important tool through which instructors ensure everyone concentrates on learning and understands the lessons. Here, special needs students often have more opportunities to participate in class or to be asked questions than they would in other schools.

Private schools in Alberta, furthermore, provide special needs students with extra help before and after class. Your child could talk to his or her teachers in a more personal and relaxed setting than they would during regular class hours. With specialized staff and resources, special needs private schools in Alberta will provide the necessary encouragement, support and environment to nurture your child's success at school.

In short, teachers spend a lot of time nurturing and supporting their students, which makes falling behind less likely than it would be in another type of school without the specialized ADHD resources and supports. The presence of dedicated teachers is extremely important, as their support, compassion and encouragement can boost students' self-esteem and allow them to realize their potential.

Choosing a Private School: The Process

Selecting a private school may seem like a daunting challenge. But, if you plan everything early (ideally, 16 months prior to enrolment), this process can be less stressful. Ask a lot of questions when you visit the school. Talk to the school's parents, teachers, administrators and current students. Make sure the school's administrators know everything they can about your child to help them decide whether they can best support your child.

Be sure to check out our list of Alberta's ADHD private schools below. This includes schools in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer.

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    School NameTypePaceCost

    The Third Academy (est. 1997)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$10,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10000

    Summit West Independent School (est. 2015)  

    • Foothills, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (55 students)
    An independent school that offers an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow's leaders. Bursary programs available to qualified applicants. JK to Grade 12, Alberta Curriculum. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$8,925 to $10,750Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day8925

    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 2 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (500 students)
    Calgary Academy is a school for children that may benefit from a different kind of learning environment. We offer a program for students with learning difficulties as well as a traditional academic program. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$12,010 to $18,885MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12010

    Foothills Academy (est. 1979)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 3 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (288 students)
    Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$15,300MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day15300

    River Valley School (est. 1983)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (325 students)
    RVS offers programs for the Early Learning & Elementary years in Progressive, Montessori & Arrowsmith environments. Specialists teach fine arts, physical education and French language. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    Standard-enriched$7,400 to $13,100Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day7400

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