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Coed Special Needs Schools

An environment most like real work or post-secondary education will help prepare them for the future.

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One of the underlying principles of any co-ed special needs school (or, simply a co-ed school) is that boys and girls learn better when they learn together.

Proponents of co-ed private schools believe that there are more significant differences within the sexes than there are between them or that these dissimilarities are not inherent in a given sex.

Real World Value

Co-ed private schools align more closely with real world diversity than do single-sex schools. Though students with special needs, like autism and Asperger's, receive extra attention (i.e. small class sizes), a school environment that is most like real work environments or post-secondary education will help prepare them for their lives that will extend far beyond the classroom.

Is it possible that boys and girls may perform better when they are separated? According to the real world argument, school is not exclusively about academic success. Rather, its purpose is preparation for life. This transferable value is especially useful for students with special needs, as adapting to life outside of school may be more difficult for them than it would be for other individuals. As such, stimulating the real world as much as possible is vital for them.

Do boys and girls distract one another? Advocates of coeducation note that temptation exists everywhere and students must learn to deal with it. School ought not to be artificially segregated. In addition, desire does not merely exist between boys and girls. Such an assumption obscures the spectrum of sexuality.

Mutually Beneficial Education

Those who believe that socially constructed differences between boys and girls impact each gender’s behaviour, may argue that each sex benefits the other. For example, girls teach boys to act responsibly.

School is a primary socializing agent, the place where children spend most of their time and through which most of their social interactions take place. If students are exposed mostly to one sex, they may feel ‘awkward’ or uncomfortable when they are around another sex.

This ineptness could be particularly damaging to students with special needs or learning disabilities, as disability in itself can propagate difficulty with social interaction or low self-esteem. An atmosphere of co-mingling naturally familiarizes children with the other sex.

Private Schools in General

Private schools are wonderful for students with special needs, as they provide small class sizes that cater to individualized learning styles and numerous opportunities for extra help and out-of-class activities. In short, private schools reduce a student with special need’s risk of falling behind.

Though paying for private school could be challenging, there are many supports you could lean on, including: community support, scholarships and bursaries, and medical tax breaks.

Here are 18 tips for paying for private school. You can also read our guide to special needs school costs.

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    The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    The Thinnox Academy is a Mississauga private high school with a focus on technology, engineering and design. Graduates stand out from their peers when applying into University or College. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    $10,017 to $12,320




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    WillowWood School (est. 1980)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    We are a new style of independent school for diverse learners where all students learn with dignity; where a warm and nurturing school serves as a foundation for remarkable lives; and where the whole person who matters. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $18,900 to $20,000




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    Oakwood Academy (est. 2007)

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (50 students)
    Oakwood Academy is a special education private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from pre-school to grade 12. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $16,275 to $59,500




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    Wildwood Academy (est. 2002)

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • 2 to 8 Coed
    • Day school (60 students)
    Wildwood Academy is a special needs private school in Oakville. It offers programs from grades 2 to 8, with an average class size of four to ten students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $24,000




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    Chisholm Academy

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    Chisholm Academy, a school in Oakville for students with learning difficulties, offers an average class size of 10 students with a starting tuition cost of $17,750. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $20,936 to $21,996




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    Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)

    • Middleboro, Massachusetts
    • 6 to 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $58,227 to $141,214 USD




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    TEAM School (est. 1981)

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    Team School offers programs from grades 1 to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 8 to 12 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $18,000 to $20,800




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    Shoore Academics (est. 1975)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 5 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (60 students)
    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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $32,000




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    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (est. 2001)

    • Belleville, Ontario
    • 1 to 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. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $115 to $68,250




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    Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence (est. 1989)

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    Heritage Academy is an Ottawa private school that is designed for students with DYSLEXIA, ADD/ADHD and similar learning exceptionalities. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $14,600 to $15,500




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    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
    $22,950 to $23,950




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    North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)

    • Coconut Creek, Florida
    • PS to 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. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    $24,200 to $58,000 USD




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    Brighton School (est. 2003)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (65 students)
    Brighton School is a special needs private school in Toronto, Ontario for students (grade 1 to 12) with learning challenges. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $23,950




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    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)

    • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (275 students)
    • Boarding school
    SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $3,580 to $25,465




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    Landmark East School (est. 1979)

    • Wolfville, Nova Scotia
    • 3 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (45 students)
    • Boarding school (30 students)
    Landmark East School offers exceptional programming for LD students from grade 3 to 12. The average class size is 5 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $26,000 to $48,000




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    I Am Smart S-Cool (est. 2017)

    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • SK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (15 students)
    I AM SMART S-COOL offers programs from SK to Grade 8 in Richmond Hill. Its average class size is 5-7 students. Tuition fee if 14,500 per year. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $14,500




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    Arrowsmith School (est. 1980)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (75 students)
    Founded on the science of neuroplasticity, Arrowsmith Program provides students with the skills necessary to overcome their learning disabilities and transform their academic, cognitive, emotional and social lives. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $2,500 to $23,500




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    Philopateer Christian College (est. 1999)

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (350 students)
    Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $7,000 to $100,000




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    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
    $26,250 to $31,250




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    Merit College (est. 2008)

    • Markham, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (100 students)
    For almost a decade, Merit College has been helping young and talented students from all over the world reach their full potential and get accepted into a suitable post-secondary program. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    $25,000




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    Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)

    • Oxford,
    • 10 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    • Boarding school (65 students)
    Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level, GCSE, BTEC tuition for students grade 10 to 12, intending to go on to higher education at a good British University. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    $33,255 to $39,447




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    The Gow School (est. 1926)

    • South Wales, New York
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (11 students)
    • Boarding school (145 students)
    The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $64,000 USD




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    The YMCA Academy (est. 2003)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (70 students)
    The YMCA Academy is an alternative high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    $23,000




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    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 2 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (500 students)
    Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students at or above grade level and looking for new challenges. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $12,010 to $18,885




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    Lakeview Montessori School (est. 1978)

    • Tecumseh, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (205 students)
    Lakeview Montessori offers small class sizes starting with 1:5 teacher to student ratios. Programs from toddlers (18 months) to grade 8. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    not provided




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    Magnificent Minds (est. 2011)

    • North York, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school
    Magnificent Minds caters to learners whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $16,000 to $21,400




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    Maple Leaf Collegiate (est. 2014)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (117 students)
    Great Teachers & small classes, focused ESL accommodations, fast-track pathways to the best universities featuring UP & AP courses, allow MLC students to reach full potential & become life-long learners & high achievers. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $950 to $42,000




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    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
    $15,300




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    BrightonLaunch

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Adult Coed
    • Day school (25 students)
    Brighton Launch is program for young adults 18+ with challenges, who are preparing to, or have moved from school to post-school activities. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    not provided




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    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
    $10,000




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    Bright Start Academy (est. 2003)

    • North York, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Bright Start Academy, a special needs school in North York, focuses on helping children with autism and learning differences, from PS to grade 12. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $12,500 to $22,500




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    Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)

    • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (110 students)
    This alternative and traditional private school in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec offers grades PS to 6 with a tuition cost of $3,600 to $7,900. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Montessori
    $9,176




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    The Dunblaine School (est. 1969)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 8 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    The Dunblaine School empowers students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. It offers programs for students from grade one to eight, with an average class size of 5-7 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $20,900




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    Kohai Educational Centre (est. 1976)

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (35 students)
    Kohai Educational Centre is a school for students with special needs and learning challenges offering programs for students aged 4 years to adulthood. Its average class size is two to six students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $33,338




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