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Ontario special needs schools

Find special needs schools in Ontario listed below.

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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, including 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 Special Needs Private Schools Offer

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

Common Concerns About Private School

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 a 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.

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

A: Special needs private schools 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 have the capacity to offer a plethora of extracurricular programs or activities. Therefore, 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 school:

  • 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 Ontario special needs schools


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  • Wildwood Academy (est. 2002)   2250 Sheridan Garden Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7T1
    (Ford Drive / Royal Windsor Drive)

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $24,000 /year
    Day Coed 24000 7-13 Oakville

    Chisholm Academy   1484 Cornwall Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7W5

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $19,750 to $20,750 /year
    Day Coed 19750 12-17 Oakville

    TEAM School (est. 1981)   275 Rudar Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 1S2
    (Hurontario / Queensway)

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $18,000 to $20,800 /year
    Day Coed 18000 6-17 Mississauga

    Shoore Centre for Learning (est. 1975)   801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
    (Spadina / Eglinton)

    • 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $29,000 /year
    Day Coed 29000 10-17 Toronto

    Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)   6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0

    • 5 to 12 (Boys)
    • Boarding school (125 students)
    Robert Land Academy is a private military style boarding school (Gr 6-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $51,500 to $59,500 /year
    Boarding Boys 51500 10-17 Wellandport

    WillowWood School (est. 1980)   55 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3

    • 1 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (250 students)
    WillowWood School is an independent school for diverse learners in Toronto. It offers programs from grades 1 to 12, small classes, a family atmosphere, and individualized teaching.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $18,900 to $20,000 /year
    Day Coed 18900 6-17 Toronto

    Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (est. 2001)   72 Orchard Drive, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 2K7

    • K to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (10 students)
    • Boarding school (30 students)
    We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for JK-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $110 to $65,000 /year
    Day & Boarding Coed 110 5-17 Belleville

    Arrowsmith School (est. 1980)   245 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1R3
    (St. Clair Ave West / Avenue Road)

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $2,500 to $23,500 /year
    Day Coed 2500 6-17 Toronto

    Oakwood Academy (est. 2007)   2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2M6
    (Erin Mills Parkway / Argentia Rd)

    • JK to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (30 students)
    Oakwood Academy is a special education private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from pre-school to grade 12.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $16,275 to $59,500 /year
    Day Coed 16275 3-17 Mississauga

    Kohai Educational Centre (est. 1976)   41 Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1P9

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school (35 students)
    Kohai Educational Centre is a special needs private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 and beyond in Toronto. Its average class size is two to six students.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $32,975 /year
    Day Coed 32975 2-17 Toronto

    Magnificent Minds (est. 2011)   47 Glenbrook Avenue, North York, Ontario, M6B 2L7
    (Dufferin / Lawrence)

    • Preschool 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.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $16,000 to $21,400 /year
    Day Coed 16000 2-13 North York

    Avenue Road Academy (formerly Academy c60) (est. 2010)   1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
    (Avenue Road / Lawrence Avenue)

    • 9 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    Academy C60 is a small school in Toronto for grades 9 to 12. Students earn credits while developing skills that best prepares them for post secondary education.  
    • Traditional
    • Waldorf
    • Student- paced
    $12,500 /year
    Day Coed 12500 14-17 Toronto

    Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   3761 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Minesing, Ontario, L0L 1Y0

    • 7 to 12 (Boys)
    • 7 to 12 (Girls)
    • Homestay school
    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.  
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    Varies /year
    Boys Girls 12-17 Minesing

    YMCA Academy (est. 2003)   15 Breadalbane Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1C2
    (Breadalbane St / St Luke Ln)

    • 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.  
    • Progressive
    • Student- paced
    $21,500 /year
    Day Coed 21500 14-17 Toronto

    Cambridge International Academy (est. 2015)   130 Commercial Avenue, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 2H3

    • 7 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    Cambridge International Academy offers an enriched curriculum from grades seven to twelve in Downtown Ajax. Central to the school’s philosophy is the belief that all students are capable of success.  
    • Traditional
    • Standard- enriched
    $10,650 to $12,650 /year
    Day Coed 10650 12-17 Ajax

    Dunblaine School (est. 1969)   21 Deloraine Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 2A8
    (Yonge St. / Lawrence Ave.)

    • 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.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $20,900 /year
    Day Coed 20900 6-13 Toronto

    Bright Start Academy (est. 2003)   318-4630 Dufferin Street, North York, Ontario, M3H 5S4
    (Dufferin St / Finch ave)

    • Preschool to 12 (Coed)
    • Day school
    Bright Start Academy, a special needs school in North York, focuses on helping children with autism and learning differences, from PS to grade 12.  
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    • Student- paced
    $12,500 to $25,000 /year
    Day Coed 12500 2-17 North York