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Private schools with life skills programs

Life skills programs for teenagers and young adults

Some students struggle with school. There could be many reasons for this. They might have a learning disability, behavioural issue, or too much on their plate. This includes not just children, but teenagers and young adults.

While some of these students eventually graduate from high school, others don’t. And while some move on to university, others don’t.

For those teenagers and young adults who don’t continue on the school track, things can get overwhelming. They thus need some guidance: Where do I go from here? What should I do now? How should I live my life?

Adult life skills programs

Luckily, in Canada there are private schools with programs tailored to these individuals. These specialty schools offer adult skills programs which can help with the transition from childhood to adulthood, and from the school world to the work world.

These schools help with one of the most critical transition periods in life. They offer programs for young adults which teach them important life skills.

  • Preparing for leaving school
  • Moving on to post-school activities
  • Seeking out practical training
  • Finding employment
  • Excelling at work
  • Independent living
  • Supported living
  • Participating in the community
  • Social skills
  • Living and eating healthy
  • Building and developing healthy relationships
  • Pursuing and developing hobbies and passions

What adult skills programs look like

How do these programs work? And how do they teach young adults such important life skills?

The truth is, there is no one perfect model. There are many ways to teach young adults how to be happy, productive, and successful members of society.

Some adult skills programs offer mostly specialized courses. For instance, they might offer specific courses in searching for employment, living healthy, and nutrition. Students, in these programs, can choose which skills and areas they want to focus on.

Other programs offer a more all-inclusive, integrated approach, which teaches a wide range of life skills through a broad curriculum.

There are also both full- and part-time adult skills programs. This gives young adults seeking guidance two main options. They can fully immerse themselves in adult programming through an intensive approach. Or they can learn important life skills at nights, on weekends, or one or two days a week. This option gives them the freedom to pursue other endeavours, such as look for employment, enter the work world, or engage in recreational activities.




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List of Private schools with life skills programs

  School Name Type Cost

Elmwood School (est. 1915)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • Day school (370 students)
Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$13,500 to $25,660

Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls 13500

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Liberal Arts
$18,100 to $23,500

Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18100

Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)  

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (22 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
US $58,227 to US $146,000

MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 58227

Clanmore Montessori School (est. 1997)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (170 students)
Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum, co-ed Montessori program from Toddler to Middle School. Tuition starts at $8,250. CCMA accredited. Member Oakville Independent Schools. Licenced. [View profile]
  • Montessori
$7,750 to $16,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 7750

Brighton Launch   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Adult Coed
  • Day school (30 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]
  • Traditional
$18,500 to $27,500

Day Coed 18500

Mediated Learning Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (95 students)
The Mediated Learning Academy is a special need school for students K-12 with certified teachers, supported by Speech-Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physiotherapists, and Counsellors [View profile]
  • Progressive
$11,000 to $13,000

Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11000

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

Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 14500

Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Day school (1150 students)
  • Boarding school (60 students)
École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$4,500 to $10,700

MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls 4500

Edge School (est. 1999)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (310 students)
At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,000 to $18,270

MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 13000

Maranatha Christian Academy (est. 1996)  

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
Maranatha Christian Academy is a private Christian School located in Brampton. MCA utilizes the ACE curriculum that focuses on individualized instruction. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$5,500 to $6,500

Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 5500

The Abelard School (est. 1997)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
Founded in 1997, the Abelard School is a small independent school for grades 7 though 12, located in downtown Toronto. It offers small class sizes and an enriched, integrated curriculum to bright, motivated students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$20,000 to $25,000

MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 20000

Beacon of Light (est. 2017)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • Day school (11 students)
Beacon of Light is a new private elementary school, Grades 1 - 8, in Toronto. We have individualized teaching methods, life-skills programs, and tutoring support for developing exceptional academic and social skills. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,000 to $9,000

Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 7000

OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology (est. 2013)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 11 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (15 students)
  • Day school (15 students)
OAT is a high school in Toronto specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Full credit courses, Booster programs and Reach Ahead programs designed to give students the support they need to excel. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$500 to $13,995

Homestay Day Coed 500

Princeton Academy of Canada (est. 2000)  

  • Markham, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (50 students)
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (50 students)
Princeton Academy is a reputable private high school that offers high school credits from grades 9-12 to those who are working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The average class size is about 8-15 students [View profile]
  • Traditional
$10,000 to $18,800

HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed 10000

Hamilton District Christian High (est. 1956)  

  • Ancaster, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (40 students)
  • Day school (425 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
$12,200 to $16,800

HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 12200

The Bishop Strachan School (est. 1867)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (75 students)
  • Day school (825 students)
Located in Toronto, The Bishop Strachan School is Canada's oldest independent JK to Grade 12 day and boarding school for girls, welcoming students from Toronto and around the world. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Progressive
$32,060 to $60,730

Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls 32060

Kohai Educational Centre (est. 1976)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 12 Coed
  • Day school (35 students)
Kohai LIFE offers programmes for those aged 18 years+ with special needs or learning challenges. Our participants develop life skills, gain work experience, continue learning and stay active, all while having fun! [View profile]
  • Traditional
$20,000 to $33,000

Day Coed 20000

Astolot Educational Centre (est. 1997)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (40 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
Astolot Educational Centre is a day school with grades 1 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. Classroom teacher-student ratios are 1 to 10. Students have the ability to reach their full potential with Astolot programming. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Ottawa
  • Traditional
$13,800 to $15,800

Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed 13800

Howlett Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Howlett Academy is a private, co-educational school for JK to Grade 8. Accountability, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, Creativity and Energy are our core values. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
  • Traditional
$13,000 to $17,000

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Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 13000

Alpine Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (70 students)
Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $120,000

MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls 120000

Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)  

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
Vaudrin Academy offers innovative and trilingual education based on neuroscience which is unique in the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$5,568 to $11,832

Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 5568

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