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Special needs schools in Ontario

Special needs schools in Ontario

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Ontario, Canada's most populous province, is home to some of the best special needs schools in the country. Ontario is where you can find diverse cultures, lifestyles and places. This includes Canada's capital, Ottawa, and other major cities such as the provincial capital of Toronto, and its significant suburbs, including Brampton, Mississauga, Ajax, Pickering, Thornhill, and Barrie.

What Ontario special needs private schools offer

Ontario special needs schools offer alternative education and specialized support for students with any kind of learning disability, physical disability, behavioural disorder, or mental disability or communicative disorder. For example, these schools are often well-equipped to support children with many types of issues, like autism, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (attention deficit disorder), Asperger's syndrome, and advanced learning abilities. Ontario special needs private schools help students in ways unspecialized schools cannot.

Common concerns about private special needs schools

Q: How will I pay the school's tuition?

A: You have multiple financial planning tools, such as budgeting or trust funds that would be taxed significantly less than your income. (Learn more about tax breaks for private school parents.) There are also other external resources. Four such options are common. First, you could search for community support, as plenty of small communities will assist you in funding your child's education through helpful organizations (e.g., The Rotary Club). Next, you could apply for a medical tax break for enrolling your child in an Ontario special needs school. Third, you may apply for scholarships and bursaries, a process that you should begin 16 months before your planned time of enrolment. Finally, if you send your child to a faith-based school for special needs, your tuition may count as a charitable donation for which you will receive a tax receipt.

Consult our tips on how to pay for private school for more information. You can also read more about the costs of special needs schools.

Q: Will my child with special needs fall behind in a private school?

A: Special needs private schools in Ontario have smaller class sizes than other types of schools. The class may resemble a supportive learning group. As such, your child's instructors will be able to monitor his or her unique needs. Any child that falls behind will have the opportunity to catch up through extra help sessions — a staple of private schools.

Q: Will my child with special needs have a chance to socially interact with other students?

A:Yes! First and foremost, small class sizes foster participatory classroom environments. Second and perhaps most importantly, private schools for special needs students, in Ontario and elsewhere, tend to offer a plethora of extracurricular programs or activities. This means your son or daughter will have the chance to interact with other students who share some common interest like chess or dancing.

Q: How do I choose a special needs school?

A: Here are a few useful tips on finding the best special needs school, in Ontario or elswhere:

  • Ask a lot of questions. Speak to all stakeholders in a school (e.g., students, parents, teachers, administrators).
  • Try to imagine whether your child will flourish in that school.
  • Let a school's admissions team decide whether there is a fit. Provide as much information as you can about your child, so the school could determine whether it is the best match for your family.
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List of Special needs schools in Ontario

    School NameTypePaceCost

    TEAM School (est. 1981)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    Team School offers programs from grades 1 to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 8 to 12 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$18,000 to $20,800Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day18000

    Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)  

    • Wellandport, Ontario
    • 5 to 12 Boys
    • Boarding school (125 students)
    Robert Land Academy is a private military-themed boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$52,000 to $55,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding52000

    Oakwood Academy (est. 2007)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • JK to 12 Coed
    • Day school (50 students)
    Oakwood Academy is a special education private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from pre-school to grade 12. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$16,275 to $59,500Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day16275

    WillowWood School (est. 1980)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    We are a new style of independent school for diverse learners where all students learn with dignity; where a warm and nurturing school serves as a foundation for remarkable lives; and where the whole person who matters. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$18,900 to $20,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Wildwood Academy (est. 2002)  

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • 2 to 8 Coed
    • Day school (60 students)
    Wildwood Academy is a special needs private school in Oakville. It offers programs from grades 2 to 8, with an average class size of four to ten students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$24,000MiddleSchools Coed Day24000

    The Thinnox Academy (est. 2014)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school
    • Boarding school
    The Thinnox Academy is a Mississauga private high school with a focus on technology, engineering and design. Graduates stand out from their peers when applying into University or College. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    Student-paced$10,017 to $12,320MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day10017

    Chisholm Academy   

    • Oakville, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    Chisholm Academy, a school in Oakville for students with learning difficulties, offers an average class size of 10 students with a starting tuition cost of $17,750. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$20,936 to $21,996MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Shoore Academics (est. 1975)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 5 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (60 students)
    Shoore Centre for Learning is a special-needs private school that offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is six students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$32,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day32000

    Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence (est. 1989)  

    • Ottawa, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    Heritage Academy is an Ottawa private school that is designed for students with DYSLEXIA, ADD/ADHD and similar learning exceptionalities. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$14,000 to $15,500Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day14000

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (est. 2001)  

    • Belleville, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (10 students)
    • Boarding school (20 students)
    We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$115/day to $68,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day115

    Kohai Educational Centre (est. 1976)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (35 students)
    Kohai Educational Centre is a school for students with special needs and learning challenges offering programs for students aged 4 years to adulthood. Its average class size is two to six students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$33,338Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day33338

    Brighton School (est. 2003)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (65 students)
    Brighton School is a special needs private school in Toronto, Ontario for students (grade 1 to 12) with learning challenges. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$23,950Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day23950

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   

    • Barrie Area, Ontario
    • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
    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
    Student-pacednot providedMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999


    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Adult Coed
    • Day school (25 students)
    Brighton Launch is program for young adults 18+ with challenges, who are preparing to, or have moved from school to post-school activities. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    not providedCoed Day9999999999

    The YMCA Academy (est. 2003)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (70 students)
    The YMCA Academy is an alternative high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$23,000HighSchools Coed Day23000

    Philopateer Christian College (est. 1999)  

    • Mississauga, Ontario
    • PS to 12 Coed
    • Day school (350 students)
    Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$7,000 to $100,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    I Am Smart S-Cool (est. 2017)  

    • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • SK to 8 Coed
    • Day school (15 students)
    I AM SMART S-COOL offers programs from SK to Grade 8 in Richmond Hill. Its average class size is 5-7 students. Tuition fee if 14,500 per year. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Student-paced$14,500Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day14500

    Merit College (est. 2008)  

    • Markham, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (100 students)
    For almost a decade, Merit College has been helping young and talented students from all over the world reach their full potential and get accepted into a suitable post-secondary program. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    Standard-enriched$25,000HighSchools Coed Day Homestay25000

    Magnificent Minds (est. 2011)  

    • North York, Ontario
    • PS to 8 Coed
    • Day school
    Magnificent Minds caters to learners whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$16,000 to $21,400Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day16000

    Arrowsmith School (est. 1980)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (75 students)
    Founded on the science of neuroplasticity, Arrowsmith Program provides students with the skills necessary to overcome their learning disabilities and transform their academic, cognitive, emotional and social lives. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$2,500/program to $23,500Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2500

    The Dunblaine School (est. 1969)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 1 to 8 Coed
    • Day school (40 students)
    The Dunblaine School empowers students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. It offers programs for students from grade one to eight, with an average class size of 5-7 students. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$20,900Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day20900

    Lakeview Montessori School (est. 1978)  

    • Tecumseh, Ontario
    • NS to 8 Coed
    • Day school (205 students)
    Lakeview Montessori offers small class sizes starting with 1:5 teacher to student ratios. Programs from toddlers (18 months) to grade 8. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    • Montessori
    not providedPreschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day9999999999

    Maple Leaf Collegiate (est. 2014)  

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • 9 to 12 Coed/Coed
    • Day school (117 students)
    Great Teachers & small classes, focused ESL accommodations, fast-track pathways to the best universities featuring UP & AP courses, allow MLC students to reach full potential & become life-long learners & high achievers. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$950/course to $42,000HighSchools Coed Day Homestay950

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