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.
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.
ADHD Canada lists many of ADHD's signs, such as:
ADHD schools are not one monolithic category. Rather, they encompass many different types of schools. In British Columbia, these include: traditional, alternative, Waldorf, Montessori, arts, 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.
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.
St. Margaret's School (est. 1908)
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
|Standard-enriched||$9,500/program to $49,300||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day||9500|
Madrona School Society (est. 1993)
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
|Student-paced||$18,000 to $21,000||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||18000|
Avante School (est. 2009)
Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$6,500 to $13,500||MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||6500|
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]
|Student-paced||not provided||MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay||9999999999|
Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$26,000 to $64,900||HighSchools Coed Boarding Day||26000|
Brockton School (est. 2004)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$16,400 to $23,700||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||16400|
York House School (est. 1932)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$20,600 to $21,400||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day||20600|
Fraser Academy (est. 1982)
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]
|Standard-enriched||$26,250 to $31,250||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||9999999999|
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
|Student-paced||$22,950 to $23,950||Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||9999999999|
Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)
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]
|Student-paced||$4,830 to $12,000||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day||4830|