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Special needs schools are specialised for students with any type of physical, communicative, mental or social difficulties, including Asperger's syndrome, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Private schools offering small and individualized classes may often be the best option for your son or daughter.

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Choosing a Special Needs Private School

The enrolment process is not based on any official laws governing educational authorities. Rather, a school's policies and a parent's choice are the sole decision-makers in the enrolment process.

The best way to identify whether a private school is a fit for your child is to ask a lot of questions; speak with students, parents, administrators and teachers. Try to envision whether your child will thrive in that school. Moreover, make sure that you are honest during in-person interviews and written applications. For example, parents may coach their child too much in what to say or how to succeed in the application and interview process. The problem with this strategy is it may not let the school's administrators identify whether their school could help your child flourish.

Paying for Private School

Paying for private school tuition may seem difficult, but in fact, more schools are offering financial aid and scholarship programs. Here are three great options to help you with private school costs:

  • Community support-Some small communities will assist you in funding your child's education if the local public schools cannot adapt to his or her specific learning needs.
  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • Tax breaks-In many Canadian provinces, you may qualify for a medical tax break if you enroll your child in a special needs private school.
See Our Kids' Tips on Paying for Private School for more financial aid tips.

The Benefits of Special Needs Private Schools

  • As private school education has become more accessible to families of diverse backgrounds, many students are taking advantage of the benefits of attending private or independent schools. Special education's alternative curriculum is carefully crafted to meet the needs of each unique student and his or her learning disability. These individualized programs change based on the progress of each student. While not all schools only focus on special needs, many private schools offer support for special needs students.
  • Small class sizes allow instructors to recognize and then adapt to students' strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, they make the classroom more of a supportive learning group than a formal, stifling and perhaps intimidating environment.
  • Private schools often provide all students with extra help before and/or after school.
  • The best private special needs schools in Canada, the U.S. and abroad have the capacity and resources to offer more extracurricular activities than other types of schools. As such, students could explore and develop their interests, gifts and potential through a wide variety of out-of-the-class activities like sports or arts.

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  • Wildwood Academy (est. 2002)   2250 Sheridan Garden Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7T1
    (Ford Drive / Royal Windsor Drive)

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $24,000 /year
    Day Coed 24000 7-13 Oakville,

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

    • 5 to 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
    $51,500 to $59,500 /year
    Boarding Boys 51500 10-17 Wellandport,

    TEAM School (est. 1981)   275 Rudar Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 1S2
    (Hurontario / Queensway)

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $18,000 to $20,800 /year
    Day Coed 18000 6-17 Mississauga,

    WillowWood School (est. 1980)   55 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3

    • 1 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (250 students)
    WillowWood School is an independent school for diverse learners in Toronto. It offers programs from grades 1 to 12, small classes, a family atmosphere, and individualized teaching.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,900 to $20,000 /year
    Day Coed 18900 6-17 Toronto

    Chisholm Academy   1484 Cornwall Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7W5

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,750 to $20,750 /year
    Day Coed 19750 12-17 Oakville

    Shoore Centre for Learning (est. 1975)   801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
    (Spadina / Eglinton)

    • 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $29,000 /year
    Day Coed 29000 10-17 Toronto,

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

    • 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $56,376 to $137,103 USD /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 56376 11-17 Middleboro

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

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (10 students)
    • Boarding school (30 students)
    We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for JK-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $110 to $65,000 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 110 5-17 Belleville,

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

    • 7 to 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
    US $63,600 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 63600 12-17 South Wales

    Bright Start Academy (est. 2003)   318-4630 Dufferin Street, North York, Ontario, M3H 5S4
    (Dufferin St / Finch ave)

    • Preschool 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $12,500 to $25,000 /year
    Day Coed 12500 2-17 North York,

    Kohai Educational Centre (est. 1976)   41 Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1P9

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (35 students)
    Kohai Educational Centre is a special needs private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 and beyond in Toronto. Its average class size is two to six students.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $32,975 /year
    Day Coed 32975 2-17 Toronto,

    Arrowsmith School (est. 1980)   245 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1R3
    (St. Clair Ave West / Avenue Road)

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $2,500 to $23,500 /year
    Day Coed 2500 6-17 Toronto,Peterborough

    YMCA Academy (est. 2003)   15 Breadalbane Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1C2
    (Breadalbane St / St Luke Ln)

    • 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.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $21,500 /year
    Day Coed 21500 14-17 Toronto,

    Foothills Academy (est. 1979)   745 37th Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4T1

    • 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (285 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $15,000 /year
    Day Coed 15000 8-17 Calgary

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

    • 3 to 12 (Boys)
    • Boarding school (25 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
    US $56,200 /year
    Boarding Boys 56200 8-17 Rindge,

    Heritage (est. 1984)   5600 Heritage School Dr, Provo, Utah, 84604
    (Heritage School Dr / River Run Dr)

    • 7 to 12 (Boys)
    • 7 to 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
    US $138,000 /year
    Boarding Boys Girls 138000 12-17 Provo,

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

    • 3 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    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.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $26,000 to $48,000 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 26000 8-17 Wolfville

    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)   420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (175 students)
    KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $22,450 to $23,450 /year
    Day Coed 22450 5-17 North Vancouver

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)   2040 Joe Riche Road, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1P 1G7

    • 7 to 12 (Boys)
    • 7 to 12 (Girls)
    • Homestay school
    Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    Varies /year
    & Homestay Boys Girls 12-17 Kelowna

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

    • Preschool 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Liberal Arts
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Accelerated
    US $24,200 to $55,500 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 24200 2-17 Coconut Creek,

    Cambridge International Academy (est. 2015)   130 Commercial Avenue, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 2H3

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    Cambridge International Academy offers an enriched curriculum from grades seven to twelve in Downtown Ajax. Central to the school’s philosophy is the belief that all students are capable of success.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $10,650 to $12,650 /year
    Day Coed 10650 12-17 Ajax,

    Dunblaine School (est. 1969)   21 Deloraine Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2A8
    (Yonge St. / Lawrence Ave.)

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $20,900 /year
    Day Coed 20900 6-13 Toronto,

    Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60) (est. 2010)   1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
    (Avenue Road / Lawrence Avenue)

    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    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.  
    • Traditional
    • Waldorf
    • Student- paced
    $12,500 /year
    Day Coed 12500 14-17 Toronto,

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   3761 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Minesing, Ontario, L0L 1Y0

    • 7 to 12 (Boys)
    • 7 to 12 (Girls)
    • Homestay school
    Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    Varies /year
    Boys Girls 12-17 Minesing

    Magnificent Minds (est. 2011)   47 Glenbrook Avenue, North York, Ontario, M6B 2L7
    (Dufferin / Lawrence)

    • Preschool 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $16,000 to $21,400 /year
    Day Coed 16000 2-13 North York,

    Oakwood Academy (est. 2007)   2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2M6
    (Erin Mills Parkway / Argentia Rd)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (30 students)
    Oakwood Academy is a special education private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from pre-school to grade 12.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $16,275 to $59,500 /year
    Day Coed 16275 3-17 Mississauga,