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Special needs schools in British Columbia (BC)

Special needs schools in British Columbia (BC)

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British Columbia is home to many of the top special needs independent or private schools in Canada.

BC's biggest cities, Victoria and Vancouver, offer a plethora of support systems for sending your child with special needs to one of the best independent or private schools. Other cities, including Kelowna, Surrey, Burnaby, and Richmond, do as well.

For example, private schools in BC receive provincial grants for students with special needs if they meet the following criteria:

  1. The special needs school provides the student with services that are above and beyond an ordinary program.
  2. The school's program is plainly recognizable as special education.
  3. The school spends extra money on the special needs program.

Other private school financial aid options in British Columbia include the following:

  • scholarships and bursaries, both of which you must apply for (preferably 16 months prior to your planned time of enrolment);
  • support from local community organizations (e.g., non-profit organizations);
  • medical or religious tax breaks (paying a religious school's tuition may count as a charitable donation).

Why choose a British Columbia special needs school?

BC special education specifically geared toward students who have any type of physical disability, behavioural disorder, mental disability or communicative disorder, such as dyslexia, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (attention deficit disorder), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), or Asperger's syndrome (AS).

A school that specializes in students with special needs will best understand your child's challenges and complexities and, thus, what will foster his or her success. Their staff members are professionally trained in dealing with all kinds of special needs. Moreover, many special needs independent or private schools have more funding than public schools and can therefore offer small and supportive class environments. While British Columbia's public schools must legally have special needs programs, they don't necessarily have access to the vast resources of an independent or private special needs school.

Unique benefits of special needs schools in BC

A three-way partnership

At special needs schools in BC, learning is a partnership between education's three primary stakeholders: students, their parents, and teachers. Indeed, parents and teachers can communicate to identify a student's strengths and weaknesses. Private school encourages a constructive dialogue between the school and the family to ensure the student is getting the best support he or she needs.

Resources, resources, resources

Because private or independent special needs schools typically have plenty of resources, they can significantly enrich your child's education. Extracurricular activities and help outside the class are common in British Columbia's private and independent schools. These resources are especially important for students with special needs, as they provide extra academic and social support to ensure that children are not left behind.

Small class sizes

Simply put, small class sizes are vital for special needs children, as they allow instructors to closely monitor every child. They also promote a comfortable and inclusive class atmosphere in which all students can participate and ask questions. In short, small class sizes keep students on task.

Meet with British Columbia's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada, including boarding special needs schools, at the Vancouver Private School Expo in November. This one-day event is a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education.

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List of dedicated British Columbia special needs schools


These are dedicated special needs schools in BC, where 100% of the students have special needs. They provide full-time special needs support for all students in the school, through accommodations, modifications, and remediations.

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     School NameTypeConditionsCost

    Fraser Academy (est. 1982)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of Grade 1-12 students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Learning disabilities
    $26,250 to $31,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)   

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    • Homestay
    Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    not providedMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Cystic Fibrosis Multiple physical

    Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 12 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    $22,950 to $23,950Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

    List of other (non-dedicated) British Columbia schools with special needs support


    These BC schools offer special needs support to a segment of students through a wide range of placements. Environments offered may include dedicated, integrated, and withdrawal special needs classes, as well as regular classes with resource support and in-class adaptations.

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    School NameConditionsSupport mechanismsCost

    Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver (est. 1997)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • PS to 9 Coed
    • Day school (182 students)
    Cousteau school is a unique French language school in BC, #1 in the last Fraser Institute ranking. We provide academic excellence from Preschool to Grade 9. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    • Dedicated class
    $10,700 to $13,700Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day10700Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Down syndrome
    Intellectual disability
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

    Roots and Wings Montessori School (est. 1985)  

    • Langley, British Columbia
    • NS to 9 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Resource assistance
    $4,830 to $12,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day4830ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Autism
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Intellectual disability
    Intellectual disability

    UWC Canada (est. 1974)  

    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • 12 Coed
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    The UWC National Committee of Canada and Pearson College UWC represent the United World Colleges in Canada. We are seeking daring young Canadians who aspire to make the world a better place. [View profile]
    • Indirect support
    $1 to $58,000Coed Boarding1

    Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

    • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    • 8 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (70 students)
    • Boarding school (430 students)
    Shawnigan Lake School is the largest boarding school in Canada. Located in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, we offer a comprehensive program to 500 young men and women in grades 8-12. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $26,000 to $64,900HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit

    Pear Tree Elementary (est. 2015)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 7 Coed
    • Day school (45 students)
    Small and intimate by design, progressive by choice, and innovative by necessity, Pear Tree Elementary is redefining what it is to teach and learn in the modern world. [View profile]
    • Indirect support
    $15,500 to $18,600Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day15500

    York House School (est. 1932)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Girls
    • Day school (656 students)
    York House School provides an exceptional education for girls from JK to Gr. 12. We instill in each girl the belief and confidence that girls can do anything! [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Partial integration
    $20,600 to $21,400Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day20600ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Blindness
    Blindness
    Deafness
    Deafness
    Multiple physical
    Multiple physical
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis

    Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School (est. 2005)  

    • Kelowna, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (630 students)
    • Homestay
    Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School in Kelowna, British Columbia offers programmes for grades Preschool to Grade 12 with enrollment of 560 day students and class sizes that range from 16-22 students. [View profile]
    • Resource assistance
    $4,500 to $21,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay4500

    Avante School (est. 2009)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 2 to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $6,500 to $13,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day6500ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Intellectual disability
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Autism
    Intellectual disability
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Autism
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Intellectual disability
    Clinical Depression
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Suicidal thoughts
    Suicidal thoughts
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Clinical Depression
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Deafness
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Blindness
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Blindness
    Deafness
    Cystic Fibrosis

    Queen Margaret's School (est. 1921)  

    • Duncan, British Columbia
    • PS to 12 Girls/Coed
    • Day school (254 students)
    • Boarding school (94 students)
    Queen Margaret's School is an independent day/boarding Senior School for girls in Grades 8-12 and co-ed Junior School from Preschool to Grade 7 in Duncan, BC. [View profile]
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $6,250 to $55,200Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Coed Boarding Day6250

    Brockton School (est. 2004)  

    • North Vancouver, British Columbia
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school
    Brockton School is an independent, co-ed, non-denominational, IB World School. Brockton hosts an Early Learning Years program, a Junior School, and a Senior School, with students from Junior Kindergarten to grade 12. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Physical
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $16,400 to $23,700Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day16400Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Blindness
    Deafness
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Multiple physical

    Madrona School Society (est. 1993)  

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • K to 10 Coed
    • Day school (100 students)
    Madrona School Society is a gifted school in Vancouver. It offers programs for kindergarten to grade nine with an average class size of six to 14 students. [View profile]
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    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    • Partial integration
    $20,000 to $23,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day20000ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Autism
    Autism
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Clinical Depression
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Suicidal thoughts
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

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