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Private schools for Down syndrome

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Many children with Down syndrome now attend mainstream playgroups, preschools, daycares, kindergartens, and schools.

However, this isn’t your only option. Today, you can send your child to a school that supports children with Down syndrome. At a Down syndrome school, your child will receive specialized programming, individualized instruction, and a lot of one-on-one instruction. They may also receive additional services, such as physiotherapy, counselling, and tutoring.

Some Down syndrome schools also support other developmental disabilities, such as autismAsperger’s syndrome, and intellectual disability. They may also support children with learning, behavioural, and physical disabilities.

Down syndrome and special education

Down syndrome is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.

As research has shown, kids with Down syndrome can normally do most things that a child without this disability can. Sometimes they reach developmental milestones later than other kids. Early intervention programs, beginning in infancy, help affected children achieve their full potential.

Since many children with Down syndrome take longer to learn new things, Down syndrome schools and programs can be a big help. And in general, children with Down syndrome benefit from living with their family and interacting with other children.

Certain activities that develop learning, language, gross and fine motor, socialization, and self-help skills benefit kids with Down syndrome. On-site daycare and sibling programs promote inclusion, especially in the early years.

Early intervention, a good home environment, and sound medical care can also be very effective. These necessities can help reduce the threat of social isolation and educational deficiency that has plagued so many kids with Down syndrome in the past.

Down syndrome schools concentrate on inclusion, building self-esteem, and intellectual exercises. In addition, speech-language therapy and behavior-management therapy are also typically included.

Below, we list private Down syndrome schools in Canada. This includes schools exclusively devoted to supporting kids with Down syndrome, as well as those that also support kids with other special needs. Find a Down syndrome school near you.

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    Lynn-Rose Heights Private School (est. 1997)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • NS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (300 students)
    Lynn-Rose Heights Private School offers challenging academic programming from three years old to grade twelve in Mississauga. Lynn-Rose Heights school is an official International Baccalaureate World School. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • International Baccalaureate
    Accelerated$14,370Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14370

    Blyth Academy Yorkville   

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Blyth Academy Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 students, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, moments away from some of Toronto’s most exciting cultural and entertainment venues. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseHighSchools Coed Day2195

    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
    Student-paced$10,017 to $12,320MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day10017

    St. Jude's Academy (est. 2006)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (400 students)
    St. Jude's Academy is an IB World School that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 16 to 18 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$7,500 to $10,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day7500

    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
    Student-paced$24,000MiddleSchools Coed Day24000

    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
    Student-paced$115/day to $68,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day115

    High Park Oxford Learning Academy (est. 2013)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 3 Coed
    • Day school (15 students)
    Oxford Learning Academy offers an enriched academic program complemented by a personalized school experience. We grow lifelong learners by focusing on early primary education. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$9,500 to $15,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day9500

    Primary Prep Academy (est. 2014)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • NS to 3 Coed
    • Day school
    Primary Prep Academy offers programs from Pre-school to Grade 3 in Mississauga. Before and After school program included in tuition. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • International Baccalaureate
    Standard-enriched$6,950Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day6950

    John Knox Christian School - Brampton (est. 1959)  

    • Brampton, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    Our exceptional staff, excellent programs, and first-rate curriculum have helped us earn a reputation for turning out graduates who are "rooted in faith" and "growing in knowledge." [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$11,950Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day11950

    Blooming Lives Montessori (est. 2017)  

    • Markham, Ontario
    • NS to SK Coed
    • Day school (84 students)
    Blooming Lives Montessori celebrates and nurtures the sense of curiosity of each child, supports them in exploring their expanding capabilities and guides them into their thriving potentials. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Standard-enriched$12,390 to $17,928Preschool Kindergarten Coed Day12390

    Blyth Academy Whitby   

    • Whitby, Ontario
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Blyth Academy Whitby is a private school for Grade 6-12 students, conveniently located for students across the Durham Region. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$1,895/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day1895

    Blyth Academy Lawrence Park (est. 2015)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    Our campus located in midtown Toronto provides the warmth and community of a neighbourhood school. We are a short distance from our partners at the Royal Ontario Museum and Outward Bound at the Evergreen Brickworks. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseHighSchools Coed2195

    Blyth Academy Mississauga   

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Blyth Academy Mississauga is a flourishing private middle and high school housed in unique heritage buildings. We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2195

    Blyth Academy London (est. 2013)  

    • London, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (64 students)
    • Boarding school (5 students)
    We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our London campus is conveniently located in historic Ignatia Hall on the banks of the Thames. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$1,895/course to $18,795HighSchools Coed Boarding Day Homestay1895

    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
    Student-paced$14,500Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day14500

    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
    Standard-enriched$33,255 to $39,447Coed Boarding Day Homestay33255

    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
    Student-paced$16,000 to $21,400Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day16000

    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School (est. 1983)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (185 students)
    Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from Infants to grade eight. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$9,045 to $15,855Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day9045

    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
    Student-paced$33,338Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day33338

    Blyth Academy Burlington (est. 2015)  

    • Burlington, Ontario
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Blyth Academy Burlington, located in Village Square in the heart of downtown Burlington, offers not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle years program and facilities for students in Grades 6–8. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2195

    The Montessori Country School - Nobleton Campus (est. 1988)  

    • Nobleton, Ontario
    • NS to 6 Coed
    • Day school
    For over 25 years, the Montessori Country School provides a first-class accredited curriculum for students 12 months through grade 6. The sprawling 10 acre campus offers a unique indoor and outdoor learning experience. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$16,550 to $17,465Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day16550

    Academie Providence (est. 2002)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$8,800 to $10,300Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day8800

    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 providedCoed Day9999999999

    Hamilton District Christian High (est. 1956)  

    • Hamilton, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (460 students)
    At Hamilton District Christian High we believe exceptional learning is for every student. Our aim is to differentiate learning so that each student can reach their full potential through Project-Based learning. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$11,900 to $45,500HighSchools Coed Day Homestay9999999999

    Blyth Academy Ottawa   

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    Blyth Academy Ottawa focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning for Grades 7-12. Big experience in a small school! [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$12,495 to $15,895MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12495

    Meadow Green Academy (est. 1995)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • Montessori
    Accelerated$14,990Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day14990

    Blyth Academy Thornhill   

    • Thornhill, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    The Thornhill campus offers the complete Blyth program for students in grade 9 - 12, including an academically enriched liberal arts, media and technology curriculum. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$1,895/courseHighSchools Coed Day1895

    Little Owl Preschool Elementary (est. 2001)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (65 students)
    Little Owl Preschool Elementary develops motivated, confident, and happy problem-solving individuals. We invite your child to become a Little Owl! [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$15,850Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day15850

    River Valley School (est. 1983)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (325 students)
    RVS offers programs for the Early Learning & Elementary years in Progressive, Montessori & Arrowsmith environments. Specialists teach fine arts, physical education and French language. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    Standard-enriched$7,400 to $13,100Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day7400

    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
    Student-paced$23,950Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day23950

    Montessori School of Wellington (est. 1996)  

    • Guelph, Ontario
    • JK to 1 Coed
    • Day school (47 students)
    Montessori School of Wellington in Guelph is the only CCMA accredited school in Guelph and the number one choice for children's education and life skill [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$5,750 to $12,500Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day9999999999

    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
    Student-paced$23,000HighSchools Coed Day23000

    The Nature School (est. 2017)  

    • Vaughan, Ontario
    • K to 3 Coed
    • Day school (50 students)
    The Nature School provides an alternative form of education designed to provide experiential learning opportunities and promote curiosity to nurture the whole child. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$3,000 to $10,200Elementary Coed Day3000

    John Knox Christian School - Oakville (est. 1959)  

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (300 students)
    John Knox Christian School in Oakville offers an exceptional education experience for students from junior kindergarten to grade 8. We ignite wonder for God, neighbour, and creation in everything we do. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$12,400 to $21,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day12400

    Burlington Christian Academy (est. 1975)  

    • Burlington, Ontario
    • JK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    BCA is Burlington’s leading Christian Elementary school. Over 160 students in grades JK through 8 partake in one of the most progressive educational programs in Southern Ontario. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$12,290Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day12290

    Avalon Children's Montessori School (est. 2000)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (90 students)
    Avalon provides quality programmes from kindergarten to Grade 8 in the heart of the Beach. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$6,400 to $20,400Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day6400

    Blyth Academy Waterloo (est. 2016)  

    • Kitchener, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (18 students)
    At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are building an active and dynamic school community. We offer not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle school program and facilities for students in Grades 7–8. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$2,195/courseMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2195

    Cornerstone Montessori Prep School (est. 1990)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (130 students)
    Cornerstone Montessori Prep School is a Toronto Christian Montessori school with grades from nursery to 12. Tuition begins at $13,500. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Montessori
    Accelerated$12,900 to $22,800Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Woodland Christian High School (est. 1976)  

    • Breslau, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (330 students)
    Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$15,425 to $16,360HighSchools Coed Day Homestay15425

    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS to 9 Coed
    • Day school (182 students)
    Cousteau school is a unique French language school in BC, #1 in the last Fraser Institute ranking. We provide academic excellence from Preschool to Grade 9. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$10,700 to $13,700Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10700

    Kingsley Primary School (est. 1981)  

    • Etobicoke, Ontario
    • JK to 5 Coed
    • Day school
    For the past 35 years Kingsley Primary School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade five in Etobicoke. Its average class size is eight to 12 students. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$10,550Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day10550

    The Montessori Country School - Milton Campus (est. 2007)  

    • Milton, Ontario
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school
    Montessori Country School has provided a first-class academic experience to students in an environment that is distinguished by its compassion, integrity and unwavering commitment to the individual child. [View profile]
    • Montessori
    Standard-enriched$13,230Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day13230

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