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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

    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

    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999

    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 Girls Day13500

    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 Coed Day18100

    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 Coed Day7750

    OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology (est. 2013)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 11 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    • Homestay (10 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 $1,500 /course

    Coed Day Homestay500

    Edge School (est. 1999)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (320 students)
    At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    $13,000 to $18,270

    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13000

    Maranatha Christian Academy (est. 1996)  

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

    Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day5500


    • 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

    Coed Day9999999999

    Beacon of Light (est. 2017)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 8 Coed
    • Day school (5 students)
    Beacon of Light is a private elementary school, Grades 1 to Grade 8 in Toronto. We offer an innovative, integrated, applied approach to education focusing on the complexity and diversity of reality. [View profile]
    • Traditional

    Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day9000

    Hamilton District Christian High (est. 1956)  

    • Ancaster, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (460 students)
    • Homestay (42 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 Coed Day Homestay12200

    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
    $120,000 USD

    MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding120000

    Astolot Educational Centre (est. 1997)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    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]
    • Traditional
    $13,800 to $15,800

    Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day13800

    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 Coed Day14500

    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 $22,000

    MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day20000

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