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Dyslexia: Schools & Support

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Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disability or reading disability that can limit children's ability to read and learn. In some cases, public schools may resist dyslexic children who will require extra educational support. Some public school teachers admit that they receive little or no formal training in dealing with dyslexia, in order to recognize it and deal with it in students. 1

On another hand, there are schools that willingly offer support for dyslexic students.

More about dyslexia
Dyslexia manifests in a variety of ways, including impaired phonological awareness and decoding, difficulty with orthographic coding and auditory short term memory impairment. It is estimated that dyslexia affects between 5 and 10 percent of the population. Dyslexia is not an intellectual disability in that reading and cognition are essentially independent of each other. In that sense, it is one of the truest of learning disabilities.

Detecting, diagnosing and dealing with dyslexia
Dyslexia is often undiagnosed until a child is in school and forced to read and learn on a daily basis. Some early signs and symptoms that parents may note, indicating the possibility of dyslexia include the following: delayed learning of speech and new words, difficulty with word games especially rhyming, poor ability to retain knowledge of letters, letter inversion or mirror-graphing of letters (e.g. d and b, "Я" instead of "R"). Dyslexia.com offers a list of dyslexia traits and behaviour.

Symptoms of dyslexia may manifest in primary school children as follows:
• Difficulty learning letter order or alphabet
• Difficulty in corresponding letter symbols with sounds made
• Difficulty with phonemic discretion (segmenting words into sounds) or blending sounds/phonemes.2
• Straightforward difficulty in decoding written words.
• Mixing of similar sounds like "m" and "n," as in "aminal."

For older children, dyslexia can be indicated by slower than average reading and poor spelling. Since these signs can cause embarrassment, some children can become good at hiding them or shy away from activities where these signs are displayed to others.

As with many disorders and disabilities, the question has been asked if it is really helpful to use the label "dyslexia." For example, the authors of "Does Dyslexia Exist?" write, "Attempts to distinguish between categories of 'dyslexia' and 'poor reader' are scientifically unsupportable, arbitrary and thus potentially discriminatory." 3

Sources, Further Reading:
1. What training do teachers get in recognizing dyslexia?
2. Lovio R, Näätänen R, Kujala T (June 2010). "Abnormal pattern of cortical speech feature discrimination in 6-year-old children at risk for dyslexia". Brain Res. 1335: 53–62.
3. Elliott, Julian G.; Gibbs, Simon (2008). "Does Dyslexia Exist?" Journal of Philosophy of Education, 42 (3–4): 475–491. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9752.2008.00653.x.

Listed below are schools offering support for students with dyslexia.

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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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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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Team School

275 Rudar Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 1S2
Team School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is eight to 12 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$16,400 to $18,400
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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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WillowWood School

55 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3
WillowWood School is a special needs private school in Toronto. It offers programs from grades one to 12 with an average class size of 12 to 16 students.
Traditional / Academic, Special Needs
Day
$17,700 to $19,000
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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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Éco-lita Trilingue

1255 Emile-Bouchard, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, J7V 0B7
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.
Alternative, Traditional / Academic
Day
$3,600 to $8,150
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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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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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JPPS & Bialik High School

5170 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec, H3W 1J6
Students are taught in French, English, Hebrew and Yiddish, and participate in a wide variety of extracurricular programs, including athletics and the arts.
Traditional / Academic, Other
Day
$3,500 to $10,940
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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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Arrowsmith School

245 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1R3
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.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$23,000
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Académie de la Capitale

1010 Morrison Drive, Suite 200, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 8K7
Academie De La Capitale is a school for gifted kids in Ottawa, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades PS to 12, with bilingual instructions.
IB School, Gifted
Day
$13,650 to $17,745
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Centennial Academy

3641 Prud'homme Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6
Centennial Academy in Montreal runs from grade seven to 11, with English instruction and learning differences supported. Tuition starts at $16,300.
Traditional / Academic, Special Needs
Day
$17,495
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Kilgraston School

Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, Scotland, PH2 9BQ
Boarding School for Girls in Scotland, UK, Perth & Kinross. Set within 45 acres of Perthshire parkland and just 45 minutes from Edinburgh.
Overseas, Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$5,600
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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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Discovery Academy

10030 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 1T8
Discovery Academy for gifted students offers an international environment teaching values, respect and discipline. Tuition starts at $9,000.
Traditional / Academic, Gifted
Day
$10,000 to $14,500
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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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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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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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Brighton School

240 The Donway West, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2V8
Brighton School, a special needs private school in Toronto, Ontario, offers grades one through 12 with total enrolment of 60 day students.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$22,185
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Star Academy

1587 Cormack Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario, L5E 2P8
Star Academy offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is ten students.
Traditional / Academic, Alternative
Day
$12,500 to $15,100
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Magnussen School

#204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
Magnussen School employs the use of individual education planning, small classroom sizes, and access to regular physical activity.
Alternative
Day
$17,400
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The Vanguard School

22000 Hwy 27, Lake Wales, Florida, 33859
The Vanguard School is a special needs/alternative private school in Lake Wales, Florida. It offers programs from grades five to 12.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day & Boarding
$22,500 to $44,000
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Eaton Arrowsmith School

204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
Eaton Arrowsmith School offers programs to help students with learning disabilities and runs from grade K to 12. Tuition starts $4,090.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$7,675 to $28,800
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Rundle College

7375 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3H 3W5
Rundle College offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in Calgary. Its average class size is 12 to 16 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$8,300 to $14,500
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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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Vanguard School

5935 chemin de la Côte-de-Liesse, Saint-Laurent, Quebec, H4T 1C3
Vanguard School is a special needs private school in Montreal, Quebec. It offers programs from grades one to 11 with an average class size of 12 to 15 students.
Special Needs
Day
$430 to $655
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Bishop Hamilton Montessori School

2199 Regency Terrace, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C 1H2
Bishop Hamilton Montessori School is a Christian Montessori school in Ottawa, Ontario, with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition starts at $7,890.
Montessori, Faith Based
Day
$7,890 to $16,390
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The Dragon Academy

35 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1B2
The Dragon Academy includes programs for gifted students. Running from grade 6 to 12, the school has an average class size of 12 students.
Gifted, Alternative
Day
$18,500 to $22,500
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Urban Academy

101 Third Avenue, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 2P9
Urban Academy is a reggio-inspired school that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12 in New Westminster. Its average class size is 12 to 17 students.
Arts, Reggio-inspired
Day
$7,900 to $13,000
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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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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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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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Landmark East School

708 Main Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 1G4
Landmark East School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades three to 12 in Wolfville. Its average class size is four to nine students.
Special Needs,
Day & Boarding
$24,000 to $52,500
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River Valley School

3127 Bowwood Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2E7
River Valley School is a montessori school that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade six in Calgary. Its average class size is 14 to 18 students.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$6,000 to $11,800
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Chisholm Academy

1484 Cornwall Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7W5
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.
Special Needs, Traditional / Academic
Day
$17,750 to $19,280
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Montcrest School

4 Montcrest Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1J7
Montcrest School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is seven to 16 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$18,000 to $34,335
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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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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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