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Boarding Schools for Special Needs Students

Boarding Schools for Special Needs Students

Private Schools offer comprehensive programs that pay close attention to your child's individual needs

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Boarding school can be ideal for children with special needs, but it's important to make sure it is the right fit for your child.

These schools offer comprehensive programs that pay close attention to your child's individual needs, and extra programs that will assist your child’s development and ensure that he or she does not fall behind either socially or academically.

While each individual with learning disabilities is different, boarding schools will cater to your child's unique aptitudes and weaknesses and allow him or her to flourish.

There are many types of boarding schools for students with special needs, so identifying which style of student would succeed in boarding schools, in general, is impossible. You must find a school that specializes in your child’s specific condition. Be sure to check out our list below, as it offers a wide spectrum of boarding schools. You may also wish to view our database of boarding schools in Canada.

Benefits of Boarding School for Students with Special Needs

There are many reasons for which you may select a private boarding school. Here are some advantages that are unique to these types of schools:

  • Constant social interaction: Students are always around their peers: in class, extracurriculars and in their living arrangements. As such, they have many opportunities to be themselves and express their individuality outside of formal class time. This sociability is extremely important for students with special needs, as they may lack confidence or communications skills. Always being with their classmates may make them feel more comfortable than they would in a day school.
     
  • Taking care of yourself: Many parents cannot resist pampering their kids or, at least, providing them with an environment in which most things are taken care of. In contrast, at boarding school, children with special needs will learn independence. For example, he or she may have to do cook or clean. Indeed, at a young age, your kid could live both independently and safely.
     
  • Closeness: Students with special needs often need extra/out of class attention. If you send your child to a day school, especially one that is not close to your home, you may have difficulty dropping him or her off early in the morning or picking him or her after hours. At a boarding school, your kid will live close to, if not on, the campus. Therefore, seeking help, a vital part of special education, will always be convenient and possible.
     
  • Extra-curricular activities: After or before school programs are a great way to socialize and to hone a particular skill. Such a well-rounded education is a wonderful way in which to build the confidence of a child with special needs and to make school more enjoyable and less stressful.

Paying for Private Boarding School

Paying a private boarding school’s tuition may seem overwhelming. However, you should consider three options.

  • Community support: Many small communities will help fund your child’s education if the local public system cannot meet his or her needs.
  • Scholarships and bursaries: are avilable from many schools. You can search our list of schools offering financial aid.
  • Tax breaks: In many Canadian provinces, you may receive a medical tax break for sending your child to a special needs school.
See Our Kids 18 Tips for Paying for Private School for more details.
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List of Boarding Schools for Special Needs Students


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  • Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)   1 Pleasant Street, P.O. Box 778, Middleboro, Massachusetts, 02346

    • Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (25 students)
    • Boarding school (98 students)
    Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    • Special needs
    $58,227 to $141,214 USD /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 58227 11-17 Middleboro

    Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)   6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0

    • Gr. 5 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    • Boarding school (125 students)
    Robert Land Academy is a private military style boarding school (Gr 6-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Special needs
    • Military
    $51,500 to $59,500 /year
    Boarding Boys 51500 10-17 Wellandport

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (est. 2001)   72 Orchard Drive, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 2K7

    • Gr. 1 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (10 students)
    • Boarding school (20 students)
    We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    • Special needs , Troubled Teens
    $115 to $68,250 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 115 6-17 Belleville

    Landmark East School (est. 1979)   708 Main Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 1G4

    • Gr. 3 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    Landmark East School offers exceptional programming for LD students from grade 3 to 12. The average class size is 5 students.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    • Special needs
    $26,000 to $48,000 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 26000 8-17 Wolfville

    Heritage (est. 1984)   5600 Heritage School Dr, Provo, Utah,

    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Girls)
    • Boarding school (115 students)
    Heritage offers expert care for at-risk adolescents including those diagnosed with Mood Disorder, depression, anxiety, defiance towards authority figures and those on the Autism Spectrum. Learn more on our website.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    • Troubled Teens, Special needs
    • Spanish immersion
    US $138,000 /year
    Boarding Boys Girls 138000 12-17 Provo

    Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)   28 Patey Circle, Rindge, New Hampshire, 03461
    (Deer Run Ln / Hampshire Rd)

    • Gr. 3 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    • Boarding school (22 students)
    A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • Student- paced
    • Gifted, Special needs
    US $58,500 /year
    Boarding Boys 58500 8-17 Rindge

    Fork Union Military Academy (est. 1898)   4744 James Madison Hwy, Post Office Box 278, Fork Union, Virginia, 23055

    • Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    • Day school (30 students)
    • Boarding school (470 students)
    This military academy in Fork Union, Virginia is the premier college preparatory boarding military schools for boys in grades 7-12. Renowned for its emphasis on Christian values, academics and athletics.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Special needs
    • Military
    • Christian
    US $19,730 to $37,450 /year
    Day & Boarding Boys 19730 12-17 Fork Union

    UWC Canada (est. 1974)   650 Pearson College Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V9C 4H7

    • Gr. 12 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    • Gifted, Special needs
    $1 to $58,000 /year
    Boarding Coed 1 17-17 Victoria

    Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)   12 King Edward Street, Oxford, , OX1 4HT
    (n/a / n/a)

    • Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (150 students)
    • Boarding school (150 students)
    • Homestay school (150 students)
    Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level and GCSE tuition for students grade 10 to 12, intending to go on to higher education at a good British University.  
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Standard- enriched
    • Special needs , Gifted
    $33,255 to $39,447 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 33255 15-17 Oxford

    Gow School (est. 1926)   2491 Emery Road, South Wales, New York, 14139

    • Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (15 students)
    • Boarding school (135 students)
    The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    • Special needs
    US $63,600 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 63600 11-17 South Wales

    North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)   7600 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida, 33073
    (Lyons Road / Yellow Bird Farin)

    • Preschool to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (900 students)
    • Boarding school (330 students)
    North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey.  
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    • Gifted, Special needs
    US $24,200 to $58,000 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 24200 2-17 Coconut Creek

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