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Alberta special needs schools

Alberta special needs schools

Find special needs schools in Alberta listed below.

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With a high quality of education and private schools that top school rankings, Alberta is a great province to send your child to a special needs school. Residents in cities such as Calgary and Edmonton may enjoy a lower cost of living without provincial or harmonized sales taxes. As a result, for many parents with special needs children, private or independent schools may be a more affordable option offering invaluable resources that foster children's academic, social and personal success.

How special needs schools foster academic success

Because of small class sizes, teachers can provide individualized attention for each student to ensure that he or she does not fall behind. In addition, staff at special needs schools are trained to deal with a wide range of issues, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (attention deficit disorder), Asperger's syndrome (AS), and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While public schools may also have professionally-trained teachers, they may not be able to provide sufficient attention and support for special needs children, since they typically have larger class sizes.

To learn more about special needs school benefits, in Alberta and elsewhere, read our guide.

How special needs programs nurture social skills

Extracurricular activities

Extracurricular programs, such as soccer or chess clubs, allow students with similar interests to learn how to work in a team, get along with others and build friendships.

Supportive learning environment

At many Alberta special needs schools, small class sizes allow education to become a participatory and collaborative process in which all students learn from each other and encourage one another to succeed.

Community atmosphere

Many private or independent special needs schools in Alberta have small enrolment numbers. These schools are small communities where everybody knows each other, rather than large intimidating institutions.

How special needs programs encourage personal success

The combination of academic and social development breeds personal success. Education is not only about getting good grades. It's about being well-rounded and preparing students for life outside the classroom. Indeed, private and independent schools mold individuals with character, emotional intelligence, and the essential life skills needed for future success.

Tips and resources to pay for private school in Alberta

If you are concerned about private school costs, browse our database of scholarships and bursaries and learn the essential tips to help pay for tuition. Investigate the scholarships, bursaries and resources available in the community. For instance, the Prosser Charitable Foundation's Parent's Choice Bursary covers up to $3,500 of tuition annually per student for private schools not funded by any regional school board in the Calgary area.

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List of Alberta special needs schools

    School NameTypePaceCost

    Foothills Academy (est. 1979)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 3 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (288 students)
    Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$15,300MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day15300

    Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 2 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (500 students)
    Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students at or above grade level and looking for new challenges. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$12,010 to $18,885MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12010

    The Third Academy (est. 1997)  

    • Calgary, Alberta
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$10,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10000

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