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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 Name Type Conditions Cost

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (46 students)
  • Homestay school (Varies)
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
$2,700 to $4,500HighSchools Day Homestay Coed2700ADHD (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) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Asperger's Syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Drug and alcohol abuse Suicidal thoughts Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Intellectual disability Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Williams syndrome

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
$23,950 to $24,950Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed23950ADHD (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)

Mediated Learning Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (95 students)
The Mediated Learning Academy is a special need school for students K-12 with certified teachers, supported by Speech-Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physiotherapists, and Counsellors [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$11,000 to $13,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed11000ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (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 Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Multiple sclerosis Multiple sclerosis Cerebral palsy Cerebral palsy Muscular dystrophy Muscular dystrophy Spina Bifida Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Blindness Blindness Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Multiple physical Multiple physical Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Clinical anxiety

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   

  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (1 students)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
$1 /programMiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed1ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression 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) 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 Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety

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.

 
  School Name Type Conditions Cost

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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
58,000Boarding Coed58000

Shawnigan Lake School (est. 1916)  

  • Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (430 students)
  • Day school (70 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]
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
$27,200 to $67,900HighSchools Boarding Day Coed27200ADHD (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

Brockton School (est. 2004)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (260 students)
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]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
$18,000 to $21,100Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed18000

Avante School (est. 2009)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 2 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (25 students)
Avante School provides a custom tailored learning experience for accelerated success and much less stress. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$8,500 to $13,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed8500ADHD (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 Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety

Glenlyon Norfolk School (est. 1913)  

  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (50 students)
  • Day school (650 students)
Glenlyon Norfolk School, an independent school in Victoria, BC, provides International Baccalaureate programs from JK to Grade 12. GNS offers 5- and 7-day Family Boarding for students who are not residents of Victoria. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$16,165 to $47,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed16165ADHD (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 Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Clinical anxiety Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dysgraphia Dysgraphia

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