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Oakwood Academy
Oakwood Academy
2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2M6
Contact name:
Melissa Chin

Phone number:
(905) 814-0202×
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Oakwood Academy

Oakwood Academy

2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2M6

Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
$16,275 to 59,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
1 to 4
Day: 50 (Gr. JK - 12)

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Contact Name:
Melissa Chin

Phone Number:

School Address
2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2M6

About this school:

Oakwood Academy is a private school for students who require a personalized education plan and small class size to meet their unique learning styles. Academics are just the beginning of our curriculum, which addresses social and emotional development equally to academic goals. Proven methodology such as Direct Instruction is used to teach academics in small groups and emotionally meaningful curriculum allows students to truly learn. Oakwood is a unique place where all students can experience success!

The Our Kids review of Oakwood Academy

our take

Not all students are created equally, and Oakwood was created, more than anything else, with that idea firmly in mind. It was founded by Trillian Taylor and Michele Power, who remain directors at the school today. The school is intentionally small, allowing for a very individual attention to the unique needs of each student, including an overt attention to social and emotional development. Families who enroll here do so knowing that their learners are capable of a lot, while in the awareness that they would benefit from a different approach than is found elsewhere. Students entering Oakwood join a community of true peers, something which in itself can be transformative to their learning experience and academic success.

Principal's Message


Michele Power, Director


Dear Parents,

Thank you for considering Oakwood Academy for your child.  Deciding on a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make for their future.  This is perhaps even more the case if your child needs an individualized education. 

As experienced educators in the field of special education, we saw first hand how many students were being taught skills that didn’t address their core developmental capacities. We were inspired to create a school that embraces each students’ individual learning profile and implements an educational program to target their route developmental challenges. We know that every child is capable of engaging with others, expressing their emotions and ideas and developing meaningful ways to communicate and interact with their world.  The decision to base our curriculum around the The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®) Model was made because we know this is the most effective way to help children become thinkers and problem solvers.  We know that success beyond primary school years requires students to think critically, work collaboratively and communicate effectively, which is why we are careful to challenge students with meaningful learning opportunities rather than predetermined curriculum material.    

We understand that finding the right school to foster your child’s social and emotional growth in addition to their academic growth, is critical.  You can feel confident that your child’s unique learning needs will be respected at Oakwood.

Working with families is an essential part of our school model and we welcome the opportunity to meet you and your child and discuss how Oakwood Academy can be part of your child’s educational journey.

Trillian Taylor & Michele Power

Co-Founders, Directors 


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Oakwood Academy says: Using the DIR® model; founded by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, Oakwood Academy offers an individualized education program that is developmentally-based, multi-sensory and based upon each student’s communication and interaction with others. It is our goal that children will first develop a strong foundation of social and emotional skills so that they can learn to think, relate and communicate with

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Oakwood 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.

    Early Reading
    • What Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

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

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

    • 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

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

    Social Studies
    • What Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • ESL

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology
    • What Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Oakwood Academy says: Our school program has a unique approach to individual learning in a supportive environment.

    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 Oakwood Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    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 Oakwood Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Emotional, Intellectual

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

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

    Special Needs Support Very High

    Very High

    Oakwood Academy is a full-time special needs school. All students at Oakwood Academy are receiving some form of specialized support. The school therefore offeres a very high degree of special needs support.

    • 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 Oakwood Academy says: Oakwood Academy specializes in education for students with learning differences (e.g., ADHD ) and developmental disorders (e.g., ASD)

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      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
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • What Oakwood Academy says: Oakwood Academy specializes in education for students with learning differences (e.g., ADHD ) and developmental disorders (e.g., ASD)

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Oakwood Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    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.


    What Oakwood Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Ice Skating
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Astronomy Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      School newspaper
      Science Club

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Day (Half day)
    Day (Half day)$33,900
    What Oakwood Academy says: Oakwood Academy offers support levels of 1:1, 4:1 and 8:1. Half day programs are also available for students in the 1:1 program. Tuition fees range depending on the level of support the student receives.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: PS to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid5%
    Average aid package size$5,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid5%
    Total aid available$10,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 50
    Average enrollment per grade3
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Oakwood Academy says:

    Welcome! We are excited that you are considering Oakwood Academy. We are thrilled to be the only school in Canada to provide individualized education using The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®) Model (DIR). Our uniquely planned curriculum has been designed for students who require explicit education, and focuses on both academic and social development.

    Please be assured that our admissions process is to help us understand your child’s strengths and goals, so we offer an individualized curriculum to help them achieve their full potential.

    Step One: About Your Child Form

    The About Your Child form is to be completed by the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the applicant. Please submit the forms to Melissa Chin at [email protected] Once the form has been completed and submitted you will be contacted by our admissions office about your inquires or to set up a meeting with the director.

    Step Two: Meeting with the Director

    Once your form has been received, we will be in touch to set up a meeting and tour. Both the applicant and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are expected to attend the meeting. In order to properly make a recommendation about the student’s placement, the applicant must attend the meeting. 

    Step Three: Trial Day Opportunity


    In some cases we will suggest a trial day to determine appropriate placement in our Academic Program. On this day, your child will spend a half or full day at school, fully integrated into a classroom setting so that we can best determine their strengths, goals and support level before recommending placement. 


    Step Four: Class Placement

    Decisions are made after a personal meeting and assessment of the applicant. At this time a recommendation for suitable placement and services within the school are made and discussed with families.


    Step Five: The Final Step – Registration Forms and Payments

    Upon acceptance, you will receive registration forms to be completed.


    • $500 Application Fee (applied to the tuition total)
    • A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or passport 
    • A copy of the applicant’s most recent immunization records
    • Post-dated cheques (please refer to Fees for tuition breakdown)


    Do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office at [email protected] or call (905) 814-0202 for assistance. 


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Oakwood Academy is looking for: Oakwood Academy accepts all students on an individual basis. We encourage you to set up an intake appointment so we can discuss how Oakwood can work with your child!

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **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)

    Stories & Testimonials



    Our son was not getting the support he needed in his public school and we saw his academic and social skills were regressing. At Oakwood he is in small class and gets individual attention in the areas he needs to strengthen. He is excited to go to school each day and we are so happy to see his academic and social gains each term. As parents we also get the individual attention and support that would not be possible in a larger school setting.



    Oakwood Academy is so much more than just a school. It is a social community that fully supports the needs of every student. My son's teachers are truly an inspiration to us parents. We love how they take the time each day after school to inform us about the details of our son's day. All of the staff are extremely positive and you can tell they truly care about the progress of the students. ...


    "Oakwood has been very instrumental in helping my children in all aspects of their academics, communication and social skills. Most importantly it has given them a new confidence, that otherwise would not have been possible". ...

    In the News


    April 29, 2016 - Making a Splash!

    Oakwood students hit the pool for our Spring swimming program which aims to increase body awareness and self-regulation ...

    April 26, 2016 - Learning Through Relationships!

    Oakwood Academy staff travelled to NY for the Learning Through Relationships conference! ...

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