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BC schools for ADHD

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

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British Columbia offers many resources to help children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), including private schools for special needs. At such schools, instructors or education aids have extensive training in dealing with students with ADHD, also known as ADD (attention deficit disorder), and in supporting unique learning disabilities.

A Brief Overview of ADHD

The ratio of students with ADHD may be up to one in 20, according to The National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S. The disorder causes children to have poor or short attention spans, makes it difficult to focus and sometimes it is behind unruly behaviour. In past generations, parents may have mistaken children with ADHD for being "stupid," but current research explains that they are actually more likely to have above average intelligence.

Other ADHD Symptoms

ADHD Canada lists many of ADHD's signs, such as:

  • restlessness
  • excessive daydreaming or climbing
  • poor concentration
  • sleeping problems
  • prone to accidents

Finding ADHD Schools

ADHD schools are not one monolithic category. Rather, they encompass many different types of schools. In British Columbia, these include: traditional, alternative, Waldorf, Montessoriarts, Reggio-inspired, special needs, and troubled teens. By taking the time for research, you can find a school that will best help your child with his or her ADHD and in which he or she will thrive.

Applying to any private school means that you will have to fill out an application and usually answer questions in an in-person interview. Use as much detail as you possibly can during the application process to help the school determine if it can cater to your child's unique needs. More importantly, merely getting into private school is not nearly as important as finding the right school. The administrators need to decide if there is a match.

The Affordability of Private School Tuition

Many parents worry about how they will pay for a private school tuition. While it may seem overwhelming, there are numerous ways to help you finance your child's private school education (see the 18 Tips for Paying for Private School). For instance, you may receive a medical tax break if you send your child to a school for students with special needs.

Advantages of Private Schools for ADHD Children

  • The location of your home is unimportant, as you may enroll your child in any area you want.
  • The private school application process is thorough, so the school will know whether there is a fit.
  • Private schools have small class sizes, so they recognize each student's strengths and weaknesses and then teach to his or her needs. This individualistic strategy is necessary for students with ADHD, as the disorder has different symptoms in each of its patients.
  • In B.C., private schools typically offer extra help outside of class. Such attention is crucial for children with ADHD, as they usually fall behind academically.

Below, you will find ADHD schools from across British Columbia (including Vancouver and Victoria).

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List of BC schools for ADHD

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    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (220 students)
    • Boarding school (130 students)
    St. Margaret's School (est. 1908) is an independent school in Victoria, BC, offering empowering education for girls from JK to Grade 12. At SMS, girls don't just get equal opportunity; they get every opportunity. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$9,500/program to $49,300Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day9500

    Madrona School Society (est. 1993)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 10 Coed
    • Day school (100 students)
    Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for kindergarten to grade nine with an average class size of six to 14 students. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Vancouver
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$18,000 to $21,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day18000

    Avante School (est. 2009)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 2 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Student-paced$6,500 to $13,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day6500

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)   

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-pacednot providedMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

    Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (70 students)
    • Boarding school (430 students)
    Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$26,000 to $64,900HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000

    Brockton School (est. 2004)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$16,400 to $23,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day16400

    York House School (est. 1932)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Reggio Emilia
    Standard-enriched$20,600 to $21,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day20600

    Fraser Academy (est. 1982)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of Grade 1-12 students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$26,250 to $31,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$22,950 to $23,950Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)  

    • Langley, British Columbia
    • NS to 9 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$4,830 to $12,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day4830

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