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AVRO Academy

1640-A Avenue Road, North York, Ontario, M5M3X9

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
1 to 5
Day: Varies (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
1640-A Avenue Road, North York, Ontario, M5M3X9
663 Greenwood Ave., Torotno, Ontario, M4J 4B3

About this school:


AVRO was founded in 2010 to provide individualized high school education to youth looking to be engaged in their learning - youth who want to find their way, and engage using their strengths in a learning environment that fosters internal motivation and positive social interactions. We recognize that each student learns through a unique combination of support, structure and guidance and our individualized programs of study are created for each student, while working closely with parents and other support services.

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Our Take: AVRO Academy

our takeAVRO was founded in 2010 by David Berger and Jason Ellenbogen, both of whom remain at the head of the school, continuing to guide it with a keen fidelity to their initial vision. They aren’t your typical educators which, again, is part of the draw. Berger is a long-time educator, and is also very integrated within the life the community that provides a context for the school, including a co-director of Spiritfest, an annual community arts festival. Ellenbogen, too, brings a unique set of skills and experience, including that of being a psychologist with clinical experience with teens and their families. They tailored the delivery of the curriculum based in a sense of best practices that they’d been growing in their professional lives. The faculty continues in kind. Chriasee Sen-Varma, an instructor and academic coordinator, is a physicist. Mindy Alexander, head of social studies, has taught art in prisons. And it continues from there. The feel is small, personal, and the approach builds from the talents and curiosity that the students bring with them into the classroom. The school was created out of a sense of doing things well, but differently, and with an added bit of spark. As such the school has attracted students and instructors of a like mind. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, close-knit, challenging while supportive learning environment.

Principal's Message


David Aubrey Berger, Principal

Avenue Road Academy's vision, and mine as an educator, is to promote learning that is collaborative, integrated and nurturing. Our aim is to deliver high school curriculum that inspires hope, promotes connections, and nurtures change. We do this by recognizing that each student learns, and shares their learning in different ways. We offer opportunities for our students to connect their learning to their own goals and interests, while at the same time completing Ontario Ministry of Education approved credits. I believe that learning is created by connecting inspiration with information. We welcome your children to join us and explore their inspiration, their goals, and to work through their challenges.


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

What AVRO Academy says: We provide programming and resources for students with exceptional and special needs. We encourage students to work with us to design their program so that it engages both their strengths and interests. We also encourage students to connect their learning to the environment.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Gifted, Special needs , Troubled Teens

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What AVRO Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What AVRO Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What AVRO Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What AVRO Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What AVRO Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What AVRO Academy says: Our approach to computer science is to make it an accessible subject for all students, and to teach students the basics of programming through a series of "hands-on" classes that are also available online.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What AVRO Academy says: Many of our physical education programs are offered out of doors. We run an annual summer canoe trip, and have offered march break programs in Costa Rica, and Thailand. In Toronto we use the JCC as our location for our physical education courses. We also regularly do outdoor acctivities.

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What AVRO Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What AVRO Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What AVRO Academy says about flexible pacing: While our credit structure offers 2 courses per term, and 4 terms per year, some students choose to take longer to complete a particular course.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What AVRO Academy says: We support students to work at a pace that works for them. We encourage them to discuss their progress, and challenge them to overcome personal boundaries and habits that get in the way of their learning.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

    What AVRO Academy says: We support students through our strong counselling team to overome their own personal emotional and learning challenges.

    Special Needs Support Special needs school

    Special needs school

    Full-time programming is offered for all students which is exclusively focused on one or more special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • What AVRO Academy says: AVRO is a school that specializes in working with students who have diagnosed Learning Disabilities. We provide a full array of assessments to determine each student's specific strengths and weaknesses and provide a variety of resources to help students achieve academic success. Our teachers are certified with specialities in special education and they work closely with a educational social worker who is on-site. We provide all the accommodations and modifications required while preparing students for being able to implement the tools and skills needed to achieve post-secondary success.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: We provide appropriate programming and resources for students with exceptional and special needs. We provide programming to meet specialized needs of students with: Autism Spectrum, Cognitive/Developmental Disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum, Giftedness, Learning Disabilities and other social/emotional/behavioural challenges.

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated gifted school

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What AVRO Academy says: We offer gifted learners to determine the pace of their studies as well as ample options to enhance their curriculum so that they remain engaged and challenged.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, AVRO Academy students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    AVRO Academy 30 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins
    Site Average70 mins80 mins96 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What AVRO Academy says:
    • Travel for Credit Summer Canoe Trip Winter International Trip

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Astronomy Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What AVRO Academy says: Fees are charged per course.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students5%
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%
    4th child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:

    More information:

    Application Details:

    Merit based Scholarships

    AVRO Scholarship
    Amount: $12,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 11 to 12—

    Students who are in need who display a commitment to learning and achieving their high school diploma for the purposes of attending a post-secondary intstitution. 


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size1 to 5
    Gender (grades)Gr. 9 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What AVRO Academy says:

    Please see our admission package on our website.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student AVRO Academy is looking for: We are looking for students who have an interest in learning yet unable to thrive or achieve successes in their current school setting. Some students transfer from their previous school and attend AVRO full time while other attend both settings.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    5 - 10 (80%)5 - 10 (80%)5 - 10 (80%)5 - 10 (80%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size5
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements0
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): U of T, Ryerson, McMaster, Guelph, Western, Trent, Humber, Seneca

    What AVRO Academy says:

  • To ensure students gain admission into the program of their choice we provide support throughout the application process,

  • Stories & Testimonials



    I transferred to AVRO in Grade 10. I had not been successful in my previous schools. The environment at the school is friendly and the teachers are excellent. I am now in Grade 12 and applying for engineering at university. 



    “We are thankful we found you guys. The teachers have not only been educators for our son, but mentors to help him find his way. They understand how to motivate him and make him take the developing important life and learning skills. Thank you Avenue Road Academy!”

    “The areas I want to particularly complement you on are the time and care you take to understand the particular learning style and comfort zone of learning for each individual student. I can clearly see that my sons relationship skills and ability to function much more successfully socially in a variety of different situations within the school environment; he now has transferred and applied those skills to home and community interactions.”



    “Avenue Road Academy is a warm and caring environment which changed my perspective of school. The excellent teachers and staff were able to help me complete high school and get into the University program I wanted. ”


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