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Special needs schools in Quebec

Special needs schools in Quebec

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What are special needs schools in Quebec and who are they for? 

Whether your child requires more focused support at school or just a little extra support, a Quebec special needs school can provide assistance for a range of physical disabilities, communication behaviors, or cognitive disorders. School environments such as these either have programs that are integrated or commit their entire curriculum to nurturing your child’s potential and encouraging their interests.

Benefits of your child attending a Quebec special needs school

Teachers in mainstream classrooms often have the difficult responsibility of trying to cater to each child’s different learning style in a large classroom and that can be especially hard for children with special needs. They are thus less likely to receive the specific support they need to be successful.

In special needs schools in Quebec, teachers are able to focus on each student in smaller classroom settings. They can thus hone in on their individual needs and adapt their instruction throughout the year to help children with their strengths and weaknesses. They’re also able to offer before- and after-care, with the unique addition of extracurricular activities, to further your child’s learning and stimulate their growth and independence in new ways.

Learn about the pros and cons of special needs schools.

Types of Quebec special needs schools

Special needs schools in Quebec offer a mix of day and boarding programs and single-sex or co-ed options, with special needs support for Asperger’s Syndrome, autism, dyslexia, intellectual disability, and other learning differences. Many have ESL programs among their instructed languages and provide tutoring or after school help, as well as learning study assistance.

They also have a variety of courses and programs available including music, acting, photography, robotics, natural sciences, moral development, and other academic and social clubs as well as sports.

How to pay for a special needs education in Quebec

If your child has special needs, your family may be able to qualify for a medical tax break at a school in Quebec. Many extended insurance plans will also cover initial psychological assessments at special needs schools and there are a number of scholarships or bursaries available to help assist with fees.  

Discover other ways to cover private school tuition with 18 Tips to Paying for Private School. Learn about how much special needs schools cost.

Choosing the right special needs school for your child

Find the right special needs school in Quebec by taking the time to understand your child and what type of learner they are. That will help you figure out what kind of environment might support them best and any additional support they will need.

Creating lists with your family’s priorities is one of the best ways to decide what’s most important for your child. Start researching early by exploring school websites, contacting them to request information packages, or visiting school fairs, like the annual Our Kids private school expo in Montreal. Taking a tour of the school or going to an open house is one of the best ways to learn more about what the school has to offer and whether they might be a good fit. 

Get more information on choosing the right special needs school with our guide. You can also read our step-by-step guide to choosing a private school.  

 

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List of dedicated Quebec special needs schools


These are dedicated special needs schools in Quebec, 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

    Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)  

    • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school (110 students)
    This alternative and traditional private school in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec offers grades PS to 6 with a tuition cost of $3,600 to $7,900. [View profile]
    • Liberal Arts
    • Montessori
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Physical
    $9,176Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day9999999999ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Asperger's Syndrome Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)  

    • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (275 students)
    • Boarding school
    SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Traditional
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Physical
    $3,580 to $25,465MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day3580ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Asperger's Syndrome Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

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


    These Quebec 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

    Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

    • Sherbrooke, Quebec
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (60 students)
    • Boarding school (200 students)
    Bishop's College School is an English boarding and day school for students in grades 7 through 12. Small in size and culturally diverse, BCS is a member of RoundSquare and offers an ESL program and AP courses. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Indirect support
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $18,200 to $55,800MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day18200ADHD (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
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Intellectual disability

    Villa Maria (est. 1854)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls/Boys
    • Day school (1400 students)
    Villa Maria offers programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is 30 to 34 students. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    $4,175MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Day4175ADHD (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
    Autism
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Suicidal thoughts
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Multiple physical
    Multiple physical

    College Prep International (est. 1944)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 5 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (120 students)
    • Homestay
    College Prep International, a traditional private school in Montreal, offers English instruction with partial French immersion, for grades five to twelve. Its average class size range from 12 to 18 Students [View profile]
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    $350/course to $12,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day Homestay350Blindness
    Deafness

    The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls
    • Day school (230 students)
    • Boarding school
    The pre-eminent All Girls English Catholic high school in Montreal, with 156 years of experience graduating young women of action with solid skills and tools for success. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    $13,764 to $49,492MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day13764ADHD (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
    Clinical Depression
    Suicidal thoughts
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Blindness
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

    Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie (est. 1905)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Girls
    • Day school (1150 students)
    • Boarding school (60 students)
    École secondaire francophone privée pour jeunes filles située à Outremont, Qc. Les frais de scolarité sont de 3 800 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    $4,000 to $9,150MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boarding Day4000ADHD (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
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    Multiple physical

    Centennial Academy (est. 1998)  

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • 7 to 11 Coed
    • Day school (200 students)
    Centennial is the only high school in Quebec that helps students master their challenges of learning and graduate on time. Over 90% of our students graduate in five years and go on to college and university. [View profile]
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Indirect support
    $18,265 to $18,360MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    Dyscalculia
    Dysgraphia
    Language Processing Disorder
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Autism
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

    Emmanuel Christian School (est. 1975)  

    • Montreal (DDO), Quebec
    • K to 11 Coed
    • Day school (300 students)
    Emmanuel Christian School offers a bilingual program in both Elementary and High School. Our caring, Christ-centered environment enables students to thrive and reach their full potential through a variety of activities. [View profile]
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $7,680 to $15,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day7680

    The Study (est. 1915)  

    • Westmount, Quebec
    • K to 11 Girls
    • Day school (385 students)
    The Study offers a bilingual mother tongue programme in both English and French from kindergarten to grade 11 in Westmount, Quebec. The average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Learning disabilities
    • Developmental
    • Indirect support
    • Resource assistance
    $19,230 to $21,655Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Day19230ADHD (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

    École la Nouvelle Vague   

    • Montreal, Quebec
    • PS to 6 Coed
    • Day school
    The bilingual French and English curriculum of Ecole la Nouvelle Vague is based on the Ministry of Education accredited program. [View profile]
    • Resource assistance
    • Withdrawal assistance
    $11,000 to $12,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed Day9999999999

    North Star Academy   

    • Laval, Quebec
    • 7 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (150 students)
    • Boarding school
    North Star Academy Laval is the only private English high school in Laval. We offer small classroom sizes for individualized attention. We teach not only for school but for life! Certificate of eligibility not required. [View profile]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
    • Developmental
    • Behavioral and Emotional
    • Physical
    • Indirect support
    $12,400 to $31,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day12400Asperger's Syndrome
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

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