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Shoore Academics

801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 5 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 60 (Gr. 5 - 12)

School Address
801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3

About this school:


Shoore Academics (est. 1975) provides quality education (including High School credits) in a caring learning environment. Our area of expertise includes Autism & Learning Disabilities. At Shoore Academics, your child's education comes first! Our commitment to deliver best practices ensures that your child will make the jump from Basic Skill Training to Knowledge Based Learning. We work hand-in-hand with our parents and 'outside' professionals. Call us to find out more about our proven Recipe for Success! — Visit school website



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Our Take: Shoore Academics

our takeThe Shoore Centre was founded in order to provide academic support to students with a range of learning challenges. Class sizes are small, as is the school itself. What the setting lacks in social outlets and extra-curricular activities it gains in a personal, dedicated attention to the specific needs of the students. While there have been innovations undertaken to enhance opportunities for social development, the core program accentuates literacy, numeracy, and life skills. The ideal student is one who is struggling academically and socially, and who could better reach his or her potential without the distractions and the demands of a traditional high-school environment.

Principal's Message


Tammy Shoore, Executive Director

I "cut my teeth" as a Special Education Teacher at the Centre back in 1991.

My 14 years of teaching experience prepared me for the challange and opportunity to become the Principal of the school.

I like to think of myself as an ambassador of hope!


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What school says: We follow Ministry of Education Guidelines. Our Learning Model consists of the following "Building Blocks": (1) Literacy Training (Daily lessons in Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Computer (2) Study Skills Training (4) Knowledge based lessons in all subjects. (5) Comprehensive High School Credit Courses (6) Encouragement to build self esteem and promote positive attitudes

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Special needs

  • 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 school says: We meet our students needs by developing and implementing practical IEPs

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

    • Calculator policy: Learning how to use a calculator is a life skill. We also provide structured lessons to reinforce rote memory skills and ability to carry our Mental Computations.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What school says: Writing is a complex skill which develops over time. Our emphasis is on the process but we always include teaching the fundamentals of writing. In the context of Study Skills, we teach our students how to take notes and write exams.

    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: We aim to provide interesting Science lessons to engage our students' curiosity. We follow Ministry of Education Guidelines to ensure the Ontario standard is maintained.

    • 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 school says: Our Senior students are given the opportunity to chose the novels, plays, and poetry they would like to study - all under the umbrella of Ministry of Education Guidelines.

    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What school 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 school says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish

    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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What school says: In the 'old' days, the emphasis was on the "3 Rs", namely, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. These basic literacy skills were key skills for adult life. Now, Computer Literacy joins the list of fundamental learn ing skills!

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: We emphasize health and physical fitness, specifically, cardio-vascular fitness.

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

    What school 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.

    33 % of Our Kids' schools use a progressive approach for sex and health education

    What school says: We discuss this with our parents before we design our custom made programs.

    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 school 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 school says: We create a culture of hope! We focus on what is possible - not on what is impossible.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

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

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

    What school says: Special Education at its best is simply providing regular education to students who learn differently.

    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 school says: We are a special purpose (high) school with a 40 year proven 'track record'. We know how to meet the complex learning, social, and emotional needs of our students

    • 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 encourage parents to call us to set up an Orientation Interview to find out how we can make a difference in the life of your child.

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

    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 school says: Some of our students have 'dual diagnosis' E.g., Gifted/LD; Asperger's/Gifted. We blend special education techniques with enriched programming so that our students' needs are met in the classroom.

    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, Shoore Academics students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    school15 mins30 mins45 mins60 mins120 mins160 mins
    Site Average40 mins53 mins57 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Prose (narrative)-based feedback6 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting6 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What school says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service

    Tuition & Financial Aid




    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment all students5%
    Early paymentall students$10

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Shoore Academics Scholarship Programs
    Amount: $2,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 12—

    We are pleased to offer 3 types of scholarship programs: Enrol for 1 year . $2000 scholarships available; Enrol for 2 years - $5000 scholarships available; Enrol for 3 years - $10,000 scholarships are available.

    Application Details:

    A $6000 Deposit needs to accompany our Application Form which is available online.

    For more details, visit: shooreacademics.ca


    Total enrollment 60
    Average enrollment per grade8
    Average class size6
    Gender (grades)Gr. 5 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment66612888



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview6 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Shoore Academics says: To enrol, our Application Form needs to be completed; signed, and returned, together with a Deposit Cheque in the amount of $6000. Should the parent prefer to pay by credit card, they can call us and we will carry out a telephone transaction. Note: If the parent decides to withdraw their child before the Start Date, the entire Deposit will be refunded, less a $500 Administration Fee


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Shoore Academics is looking for: Special Needs students requiring a safe place to learn and grow. We are also looking for parents who share our passion to do whatever it takes to keep education front and centre in the approach to build success.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type56789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    4 - 6 (100%)5 - 8 (100%)5 - 10 (100%)8 - 16 (100%)8 - 16 (100%)8 - 16 (100%)8 - 16 (100%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size3
    *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)

    Stories & Testimonials


    An Amazing Year

    What an amazing year! And to top it off, Shira Wasserzug, alumna (Graduation Class 2003) joined us at our annual Awards & Graduation Ceremony. Shira spoke from her heart and shared her experiences while attending Shoore and then proudly described how well she is doing now - 14 years after receiving her High School Diploma from us. Shira continues to be an inspiration! 

    Thank you to all of our students, staff and families for helping to make this school year great!



    A Happy Parent

    It has been a blessing for Rea and us to study at your education centre. Fareed has been the highlight of this experience! We love him - a really wonderful teacher and human being! Mr. Michael - Thank you for your guidance and words of wisdom! Have a safe and happy summer!   Bruna           June 18, 2017





    A Grateful Parent Expresses Her Feelings

    Martha started with us in 2007, There were challlenges but there were also successes such as her spectacular Art Exhibit
    at a Public Library (see photo).

    There were significant medical/neurological issues which put all of us to the test, but as I said to Helen (Martha's Mother)
    "Once we made the decision to accept Martha, our commitment would be at the highest level, that is, we would do
    whatever it takes to make it work - WE WOULD NOT GIVE UP ON YOUR CHILD!

    Here is part of a letter Helen sent to us a few weeks after Martha's graduation from our 'I CAN' Program:

    "I really don't know where to begin thanking you and your staff for your patience, genius, determination and love -
    your Secret Recipe - over the last few difficult years. You saved Martha, in every way that someone can be saved
    and we will always be grateful. Tammy, I am especially grateful to you for the generosity of your friendship outside
    school hours, and allowing Martha to become someone else in the company of Rylee (Tammy's daughter) when
    things seemed blackest.

    I would also like to thank you both for personal support and wisdom that sustained me when the going got tough,
    tougher and toughest."

    Helen Leask                                                               July 07, 2013 ...

    New Transition to Independence & Readiness Program (TRIP)

    Some of our special needs high school graduates are facing the question: "What's next?" Post Secondary School seems out of reach and weaknesses persist in important Life Skills areas including Activities of Daily Living, Using TTC independently; Budgeting & Money Math, Basic Cooking, etc.In addition, creating opportunities for Social Interaction was missing. We addressed this need by creating our new and exciting Transition Program (TRIP) which offers opportunities to learn, grow, interact, and develop essential skills leading to the ability to lead an independent life. In addition to formal learning programs, literacy & numeracy for life, work readiness... the program will include Social Events (e.g. dance parties, bingo nights, etc., and an ARTS division - Drama, Art, and Dance Classes. Events to raise money for charity will be an added feature. Yoga Classes will be offered. Our holistic approach will stimulate development in the mental, physical,social, and spiritual domains. Meeting the needs of individual is our Core Value. We are committed to building success. A small group of this year's graduation class will be raring to go this September. We are excited and can't wait to start. ...

    Ways to Better Grades

    Ways to Better Grades—Why a High Mark is not enough With a failure rate in most universities approaching 65% approaches a staggering 65%, it is essential for the High School student to be properly prepared for what lies ahead after graduation. With this end in mind, the successful student must - • Have Effective Study Habits • Possess Test Taking Skills • Be Committed to Task Completion • Know how to Set & Achieve Goals • Be Confident and Competent to Ask Questions • Be Able to Work Independently • Have a Mature Attitude What a good school program should offer: (1) Programs which go beyond merely achieving a high grade. (2) Experienced and competent teachers, who understand the importance of preparing their students for success in university (3) Proven Track Record. (4) No “Short Cuts” or “Fast & Dirty” techniques used to achieve high marks. Rather, the school must be passionate about delivering quality education. Bottom Line High School Credit Courses must focus less on the marks necessary to get in, and more on the skills necessary to stay in. At Shoore Centre for Learning, we have the expertise, know-how, and proven track record to make the “bottom line” a reality. Michael I. Shoore, M.Ed., Director and Founder of the Shoore Centre for Learning ...

    Celebrating Graduation Day

    On June 18, 2010, We celebrated our 35th Awards & Graduation Ceremony. 8 of our students proudly accepted their Ontario Secondary School Diplomas, Some are moving on to attend college programs in the fall. Others are heading to university. All are members of our "family" of successful students! Jordan, one of our graduates, went from a student who only wanted to get out of high school "alive", and then get a job, to an Ontario Scholar graduate who has been accepted with a scholarship to York University. JOB WELL DONE! ...

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