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Autism schools

For parents searching for a school that supports kids with autism or any other disorders commonly called autism spectrum disorders (ASD), private schools offer a variety of advantages, with smaller class sizes and ability to flexibly budget for education assistance and other support. In some cases, schools may specialize in dealing with and even treating autism and related disorders.

To support autism, schools may include education assistance, direct instruction, occupational and behavioural therapy, training in social skills and more, to help children deal with autism. In all of the cases below, schools understand autistic children well and have tailored the environment and structure to facilitate the integration of students with autism. This specialized understanding should extend into their communications with parents.

Investigating schools' autism support programs
We urge you to closely investigate each of the schools listed below in order to find out the success rate of their programs, their expertise, the particulars of their facilities and more. Parents of autistic children should consider the following questions, as they look for the right school for their child:

  • How does the school address your autistic child's need for structure and routine?
  • Do they notify parents about changes in the classroom environment or routine? How are such changes planned and implemented?
  • What specialized teaching strategies does the school employ and how well do these strategies fit with the particular needs of your autistic child?
  • What unique characteristics of you child – autism-related or other – does the school need to know about?
  • What are your gut feelings and intuitions as you investigate and talk to the different schools on your list?

Understanding Autism
In recent years, the phrase autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has come into vogue, and it includes everything from the potentially life-threatening Rett's Syndrome to autism to Asperger's Syndrome (which some argue is indistinct from high-functioning autism [HFA]). A report published in Nature in June of 2010 posited that autism sufferers are all genetically unique from each other. There are several controversies surrounding the diagnoses and causes of autism, of course.

While "autism schools" you investigate should be aware of these, it is most important that they specialize in understanding and dealing with your child's autism.

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List of Autism Support Schools

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Magnificent Minds

47 Glenbrook Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 2L7
Magnificent Minds caters to learners whose needs are not being met in larger school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$2,000 to $21,000
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Shoore Centre for Learning

801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
Shoore Centre for Learning is a special-needs private school that offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is six students.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$24,000 to $30,000
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Robert Land Academy

6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
Robert Land Academy is a military/special needs private school in Wellandport, Ontario. It offers programs for grades six to 12.
Military, Special Needs
Boarding
$40,750 to $44,750
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Brehm Preparatory School

950 S. Brehm Lane, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901
Brehm is a boarding school for students with learning disabilities or differences. Brehm limits its focus to just 90 students in order to provide the attention and service our students deserve.
Special Needs, Other
Day & Boarding
$41,400 to $66,900
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Academy c60

1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
Academy C60 is a small school in Toronto for grades 9 to 12. Students earn credits while developing skills that best prepares them for post secondary education.
Alternative, Troubled Teens
Day
$1,450 to $2,200
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Philopateer Christian College

6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5
Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$6,500 to $8,500
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Renaissance Academy

8058 Concession 8, Utopia, Ontario, L0M 1T0
Renaissance Academy is a special needs school that offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Utopia, Ontario. Its average class size is one to ten students.
Traditional / Academic, Special Needs
Day & Boarding
$15,000 to $31,000
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Avenir School

Suite 207 - 877 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 3Y1
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding.
Gifted, Alternative
Day
$2,000 to $8,500
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Missing Links Academy

2317 Fairview St Suite 500 & 501, Burlington , Ontario, L7R 2E3
Missing Links Academy incorporates clinically proven ABA methodologies, combined with Ministry of Ontario curriculum. Contact us to discover why Missing Links is the "Missing Link" to autism.
Alternative, Special Needs
Day
$24,500 to $38,500
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Abacus Montessori & Private School

1300 Don Mills Rd. Suite 101, North York, Ontario, M3B 2W6
We provide a caring, stimulating environment in which children grow without fear of competition while simultaneously preparing them for the real world.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$6,200 to $11,000
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FTW and Bright Start Academy

2950 Keele Street Suite 102 and 202, North York, Ontario, M3M 2H2
Finding the Way, a special needs school in North York, focuses on helping children with autism and learning differences, from PS to grade 8.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$6,000 to $22,000
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Above & Beyond Learning Experience

19 Church St. North Unit 2 , Alliston, Ontario, L9R 1L6
We offer an alternative to traditional education for all ages. We set a bar for all kids, and they are treated equally no matter what their past performance.
Alternative, Special Needs
Day
$5,600 to $19,200
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The Junior Academy

2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A6
The Junior Academy offers programs for junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is 12 to 14 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$16,750 to $21,250
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
Cost varies
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Meadow Green Academy

649 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1C2
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$6,550 to $12,450
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The YMCA Academy

15 Breadalbane St., Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1C2
The YMCA Academy is an alternative high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences.
Special Needs, Alternative
$19,500
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The Glenholme School

81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, Connecticut, 06793
The Glenholme School is a special needs private school in Washington, Connecticut. It provides programs for grades 5 through 12.
Special Needs,
Day & Boarding
Cost varies
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The Good Samaritan School for Exceptional Students

6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5
he Good Samaritan School for Exceptional Students is a special needs/alternative private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12.
Special Needs, Faith Based
Day
$13,000 to $16,000
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Bright Scholars Academy Inc.

24 Falconer Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1B1
We have created a prepared environment for the success of children ages 18 months to 5 1/2 years old with Full-Day, Half-Day, & Part-Time programs to meet the needs of families in Mississauga.
Montessori,
Day
$3,000 to $12,000
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Kohai Educational Centre

41 Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1P9
Kohai Educational Centre is a special needs private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 and higher in Toronto. Its average class size is two to six students.
Special Needs
Day
$31,425
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Guildwood Village Montessori School
O/A Montessori Village and Education Centre

297 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 1B4
Guildwood Village Montessori SchoolO/A Montessori Village and Education Centre is a montessori school in Scarborough. It offers programs for pre-kintergraten to grade eight.
Montessori, Alternative
Day
$4,700 to $8,500
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Glen Eden Multimodal Centre

#190 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 2J1
Our goal is to successfully treat, as well as teach, children and adolescents who, because of complex combinations of medical, psychiatric, and developmental problems are not functioning well in school based programs.
Special Needs, Gifted
Day
Cost varies
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Oakwood Academy

155 Queen Street East, Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 1N2
Oakwood Academy is a special needs private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from pre-school to grade eight.
Special Needs, Traditional / Academic
Day
$20,000 to $32,000
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Aspiration Academy

60 Riviera Drive, Markham, Ontario, L4E5B4
Aspiration Academy provides a programme which combines the content and objectives of the Ontario Curriculum with the methodology of Precision Teaching-based teaching. Pre-K, Kindergarten, to School-Age.
Traditional / Academic, Gifted
Day
$6,000 to $18,000
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Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
Our school specializes in educating and growing the confidence of students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in Grades 2 through 9.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$19,950
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