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Special needs schools in Quebec

Special needs schools in Quebec

Find Quebec special needs schools listed below

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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 Name Type Conditions Cost

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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
$18,950MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed18950ADHD (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 Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Troubled behaviour / troubled teens

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

  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
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 $28,480MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed3580ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Asperger's Syndrome Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)  

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
Vaudrin Academy offers innovative and trilingual education based on neuroscience which is unique in the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$5,568 to $11,832Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed5568ADHD (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) ADHD (moderate to severe) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety

College Bourget   

  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa, that exceeds Quebec curriculum guidelines & ensures our students grow through different spheres: arts, sports, community service & science. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$4,700 to $35,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed4700ADHD (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 anxiety Suicidal thoughts Multiple sclerosis Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Muscular dystrophy Cerebral palsy Spina Bifida

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.

 
  School Name Type Conditions Cost

Bishop's College School (est. 1836)  

  • Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (214 students)
  • Day school (46 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]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
$24,000 to $55,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed24000ADHD (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

Emmanuel Christian School (est. 1975)  

  • Dollard des Ormeaux, 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]
  • Liberal Arts
$7,780 to $15,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed7780

College Prep International (est. 1944)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 5 to 11 Coed
  • Day school (125 students)
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]
  • Traditional
  • Physical
$12,000 to $15,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed12000Blindness Deafness

The Sacred Heart School of Montreal (est. 1861)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • Boarding school (18 students)
  • Day school (230 students)
Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all girls English Catholic high school, has been graduating exceptional leaders. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$16,795 to $52,814MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls16795ADHD (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)

North Star Academy   

  • Laval, Quebec
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (Varies)
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
  • Traditional
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$12,400 to $27,400MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed12400Asperger's Syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens 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 4 500 $ par année. Elle offre les profils Éducation internationale, Danse-études et Musique-études. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$4,500 to $10,700MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls4500ADHD (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) Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety

Lower Canada College (est. 1909)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (800 students)
Lower Canada College is a coed, K-12 university preparatory school, committed to excellence in teaching and learning. It is the only English school in Quebec offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Learning disabilities
$18,150 to $23,150Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed18150ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder ADHD (moderate to severe) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)

Villa Maria (est. 1854)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed/Girls
  • Day school (1117 students)
  • Day school (501 students)
Villa Maria offers programs from grades 7 to 11 in Montreal. Its average class size is 30 to 34 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
$5,000 to $5,700MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed Girls5000ADHD (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

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
  • Progressive
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
$20,140 to $22,675Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls20140ADHD (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]
School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal
  • Traditional
$10,820 to $11,535Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed10820ADHD (moderate to severe)

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