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Special Needs Schools

Special needs schools are specialised for students diagnosed with any type of physical disability, communicative disorder or mental disability, such as Asperger's syndrome, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Private schools offering small and individualized classes may often be the best option for your son or daughter.

Choosing a Special Needs Private School

The enrolment process is not based on any official laws governing educational authorities. Rather, a school's policies and a parent's choice are the sole decision-makers in the enrolment process.

The best way to identify whether a private school is a fit for your child is to ask a lot of questions; speak with students, parents, administrators and teachers. Try to envision whether your child will thrive in that school. Moreover, make sure that you are honest during in-person interviews and written applications. For example, parents may coach their child too much in what to say or how to succeed in the application and interview process. The problem with this strategy is it may not let the school's administrators identify whether their school could help your child flourish.

Paying for Private School

Paying for private school tuition may seem difficult, but in fact, more schools are offering financial aid and scholarship programs. Here are three great options to help you with private school costs:

  • Community support—Some small communities will assist you in funding your child's education if the local public schools cannot adapt to his or her specific learning needs.
  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • Tax breaks—In many Canadian provinces, you may qualify for a medical tax break if you enroll your child in a special needs private school.

See Our Kids' Tips on Paying for Private School for more financial aid tips.

The Benefits of Special Needs Private Schools

  • As private school education has become more accessible to families of diverse backgrounds, many students are taking advantage of the benefits of attending private or independent schools. Special education's alternative curriculum is carefully crafted to meet the needs of each unique student and his or her learning disability. These individualized programs change based on the progress of each student. While not all schools only focus on special needs, many private schools offer support for special needs students.
  • Small class sizes allow instructors to recognize and then adapt to students' strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, they make the classroom more of a supportive learning group than a formal, stifling and perhaps intimidating environment.
  • Private schools often provide all students with extra help before and/or after school.
  • The best private special needs schools in Canada, the U.S. and abroad have the capacity and resources to offer more extracurricular activities than other types of schools. As such, students could explore and develop their interests, gifts and potential through a wide variety of out-of-the-class activities like sports or arts.
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Magnificent Minds

47 Glenbrook Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 2L7
Magnificent Minds caters to learners whose needs are not being met in larger school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$2,000 to $21,000
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Team School

275 Rudar Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 1S2
Team School offers programs from grades one to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is eight to 12 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$16,400 to $18,400
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Pickering College

16945 Bayview Avenue, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 4X2
Pickering College offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12. Its average class size is 16 to 18 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day & Boarding
$21,220 to $53,880
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Trinity College School

55 Deblaquire Street North, Port Hope, Ontario, L1A 4K7
Trinity College School offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Port Hope. Its average class size is 16 students.
Traditional / Academic, Co-educational
Day & Boarding
$22,250 to $54,950
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Shoore Centre for Learning

801 Eglinton Avenue West, #201, Toronto, Ontario, M5N 1E3
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.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$24,000 to $30,000
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St. Michael's College School

1515 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 3H4
St. Michael's College School offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is 23 students.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$17,950 to $18,550
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Robert Land Academy

6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
Robert Land Academy is a military/special needs private school in Wellandport, Ontario. It offers programs for grades six to 12.
Military, Special Needs
Boarding
$40,750 to $44,750
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WillowWood School

55 Scarsdale Road, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2R3
WillowWood School is a special needs private school in Toronto. It offers programs from grades one to 12 with an average class size of 12 to 16 students.
Traditional / Academic, Special Needs
Day
$17,700 to $19,000
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Brehm Preparatory School

950 S. Brehm Lane, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901
Brehm is a boarding school for students with learning disabilities or differences. Brehm limits its focus to just 90 students in order to provide the attention and service our students deserve.
Special Needs, Other
Day & Boarding
$41,400 to $66,900
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Bishop's College School

80 Moulton Hill Road, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z8
Bishop's College School in Sherbrooke, Quebec offers grades seven to 12, with both day and boarding options. Tuition starts at $14,500 CA.
Traditional / Academic, Sports
Day & Boarding
$15,900 to $50,500
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Éco-lita Trilingue

1255 Emile-Bouchard, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, J7V 0B7
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.
Alternative, Traditional / Academic
Day
$3,600 to $8,150
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Academy c60

1650 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5M 3Y1
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.
Alternative, Troubled Teens
Day
$1,450 to $2,200
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The Good Samaritan School for Exceptional Students

6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5
he Good Samaritan School for Exceptional Students is a special needs/alternative private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade 12.
Special Needs, Faith Based
Day
$13,000 to $16,000
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Fieldstone King's College School

2999 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 3T4
Young people, very naturally, exhibit a powerful desire to be successful both socially and academically. At Fieldstone, we see not the students we meet but the adults they’ll become.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$20,000 to $20,100
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Above & Beyond Learning Experience

19 Church St. North Unit 2 , Alliston, Ontario, L9R 1L6
We offer an alternative to traditional education for all ages. We set a bar for all kids, and they are treated equally no matter what their past performance.
Alternative, Special Needs
Day
$5,600 to $19,200
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Philopateer Christian College

6341 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1A5
Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$6,500 to $8,500
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Glen Eden Multimodal Centre

#190 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 2J1
Our goal is to successfully treat, as well as teach, children and adolescents who, because of complex combinations of medical, psychiatric, and developmental problems are not functioning well in school based programs.
Special Needs, Gifted
Day
Cost varies
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Oakwood Academy

155 Queen Street East, Mississauga, Ontario, L5G 1N2
Oakwood Academy is a special needs private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from pre-school to grade eight.
Special Needs, Traditional / Academic
Day
$20,000 to $32,000
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Mississauga Christian French School (MCFS)

1245 Eglinton Avenue West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5V 2M4
Mississauga Christian French School offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 15 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$2,800 to $8,100
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River Valley School

3127 Bowwood Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2E7
River Valley School is a montessori school that offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade six in Calgary. Its average class size is 14 to 18 students.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$6,000 to $11,800
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Centennial Academy

3641 Prud'homme Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3H6
Centennial Academy in Montreal runs from grade seven to 11, with English instruction and learning differences supported. Tuition starts at $16,300.
Traditional / Academic, Special Needs
Day
$17,495
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Woodland Christian High School

1058 Spitzig Road, Breslau, Ontario, N0B 1M0
Students receive an excellent education which prepares them well for university, college and a wide variety of workplaces.
Faith Based, Traditional / Academic
Day
$9,800 to $15,725
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Meadow Green Academy

649 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1C2
Meadow Green Academy offers programs from pre-school to grade eight in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$6,550 to $12,450
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Prairie Christian Academy

330 4th Avenue North, Three Hills, Alberta, T0M 2A0
We offer a distinctive evangelical Christ-centered program that begins in the classroom and extends throughout all aspects of the school community. The school boasts a strong Preschool through Grade 12 program.
Faith Based, Alternative
Day & Boarding
$880 to $23,995
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Crofton House School

3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6N 3E1
Crofton House School in Vancouver, BC is a university preparatory school with JK to grade 12 classes. Tuition starts at $16,000.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$17,825
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Arrowsmith School

245 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1R3
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.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$23,000
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Montcrest School

4 Montcrest Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, M4K 1J7
Montcrest School offers programs from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is seven to 16 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$18,000 to $34,335
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Clanmore Montessori School

2463 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 1M7
Clanmore Montessori School in southeast Oakville offers a full spectrum program from toddler through middle school.Tuition starts at $6,600.
Montessori,
Day
$6,750 to $15,000
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Avenir School

Suite 207 - 877 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 3Y1
Project-oriented and integrated curricula allow each student to reach their highest potential with less stress and deeper understanding.
Gifted, Alternative
Day
$2,000 to $8,500
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The Vanguard School

22000 Hwy 27, Lake Wales, Florida, 33859
The Vanguard School is a special needs/alternative private school in Lake Wales, Florida. It offers programs from grades five to 12.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day & Boarding
$22,500 to $44,000
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Chisholm Academy

1484 Cornwall Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7W5
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.
Special Needs, Traditional / Academic
Day
$17,750 to $19,280
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Brampton Christian School

12480 Hutchinson Farm Lane, Caledon, Ontario, L7C 2B6
Brampton Christian School in Caledon, Ontario, offers JK to grade 12, with average class sizes from 19 to 22 students and a tuition cost of $9,845.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$9,845 to $25,170
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The Gow School

2491 Emery Road, South Wales, New York, 14139
The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York.
Special Needs
Day & Boarding
$37,700 to $58,200
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The YMCA Academy

15 Breadalbane St., Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1C2
The YMCA Academy is an alternative high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences.
Special Needs, Alternative
$19,500
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Renaissance Academy

8058 Concession 8, Utopia, Ontario, L0M 1T0
Renaissance Academy is a special needs school that offers programs from kindergarten to grade 12 in Utopia, Ontario. Its average class size is one to ten students.
Traditional / Academic, Special Needs
Day & Boarding
$15,000 to $31,000
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Kohai Educational Centre

41 Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1P9
Kohai Educational Centre is a special needs private school that offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 and higher in Toronto. Its average class size is two to six students.
Special Needs
Day
$31,425
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Missing Links Academy

2317 Fairview St Suite 500 & 501, Burlington , Ontario, L7R 2E3
Missing Links Academy incorporates clinically proven ABA methodologies, combined with Ministry of Ontario curriculum. Contact us to discover why Missing Links is the "Missing Link" to autism.
Alternative, Special Needs
Day
$24,500 to $38,500
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Kilgraston School

Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, Scotland, PH2 9BQ
Boarding School for Girls in Scotland, UK, Perth & Kinross. Set within 45 acres of Perthshire parkland and just 45 minutes from Edinburgh.
Overseas, Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$5,600
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Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering

401 Kingston Road, Pickering, Ontario, L1V 1A3
Montessori Learning Centre of Pickering is a faith-based school that offers programs from pre-school to grade eight. Its average class size is 25 students.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$5,500 to $10,000
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Brighton School

240 The Donway West, Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2V8
Brighton School, a special needs private school in Toronto, Ontario, offers grades one through 12 with total enrolment of 60 day students.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$22,185
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Choice School For Gifted Children

20451 Westminster Highway North, Richmond, British Columbia, V6V 1B3
Choice School is BC's top school for gifted and exceptional students.
Gifted, Traditional / Academic
Day
$8,000 to $10,050
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Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

420 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7H 1S8
Our school specializes in educating and growing the confidence of students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities in Grades 2 through 9.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$19,950
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Rockway Mennonite Collegiate

110 Doon Road, Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 3C8
Incorporating academic excellence, service and peacemaking, Rockway is a diverse learning community of 300 students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program.
Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding & Homestay
$7,950 to $18,000
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Roots and Wings Montessori School

982 200th Street, Langley, British Columbia, V2Z 1W2
We aim to create a community to enable children to honour and respect their innate goodness, their joy in learning and their responsibility as caring global citizens and stewards of the earth.
Montessori,
Day
$4,600 to $7,200
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JPPS & Bialik High School

5170 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec, H3W 1J6
Students are taught in French, English, Hebrew and Yiddish, and participate in a wide variety of extracurricular programs, including athletics and the arts.
Traditional / Academic, Other
Day
$3,500 to $10,940
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Aspiration Academy

60 Riviera Drive, Markham, Ontario, L4E5B4
Aspiration Academy provides a programme which combines the content and objectives of the Ontario Curriculum with the methodology of Precision Teaching-based teaching. Pre-K, Kindergarten, to School-Age.
Traditional / Academic, Gifted
Day
$6,000 to $18,000
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Cousteau, The French International School of Vancouver

3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver, British Columbia, V7K 2E6
Cousteau school is a unique French language school in BC, #1 in the last Fraser Institute ranking. We provide academic excellence from Preschool to Grade 8. Class sizes can be as small as 13 students.
Traditional / Academic
Day
$9,100 to $11,600
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Nile Academy

5 Blue Haven Crescent, Toronto, Ontario, M9M 1W5
By providing a private school environment with small class sizes and low student to teacher ratio, while also following the Ontario Curriculum, we can ensure our students are well prepared for the rest of their educational pursuits here in Canada.
Alternative, Traditional / Academic
Day & Boarding
$5,000 to $23,500
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Purpose Independent Secondary School

40 Begbie Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3M 3L9
Purpose challenges students to achieve their potential, to take responsibility for their lives and to develop a strong set of learning and life skills.
Alternative
Day
$100
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Guildwood Village Montessori School
O/A Montessori Village and Education Centre

297 Old Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario, M1C 1B4
Guildwood Village Montessori SchoolO/A Montessori Village and Education Centre is a montessori school in Scarborough. It offers programs for pre-kintergraten to grade eight.
Montessori, Alternative
Day
$4,700 to $8,500
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Eagle Hill School

P.O.Box 116, Hardwick, Massachusetts, 01037
Eagle Hill School: An innovative approach to LD education in a classic New England boarding school environment where diverse learners achieve success.
Special Needs,
Day & Boarding
$65,346
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Wasdell Academy for Innovative Learning

85 Kings Crescent, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 2M4
Wasdell Academy for Innovative Learning is a special-needs school in Ajax. It offers programs from pre-school to grade 12 with an average class size of ten students.
Alternative, Special Needs
Day
$16,000 to $18,000
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LycÉe Français de Toronto

2327 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6E 3S5
Lycée Français de Toronto is an English immersion school that offers programs from nursery to grade 12. Its average class size is 17 students.
Traditional / Academic, Alternative
Day & Homestay
$14,050 to $16,440
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Arrowsmith School Peterborough

366 Parkhill Road East, Peterborough, Ontario, K9L 1C3
Arrowsmith School in Peterborough is a special needs school with grades 1 to 12. The school has an average class size of 10 students and tuition of $16,000.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$16,000
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The Glenholme School

81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, Connecticut, 06793
The Glenholme School is a special needs private school in Washington, Connecticut. It provides programs for grades 5 through 12.
Special Needs,
Day & Boarding
Cost varies
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Montessori For Children

25 Alvin Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2A7
Curriculum designed for kids aged 2 1/2 to 6 covers Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and French. Located near Yonge /St Clair subway station. Please call or email to book a tour.
Montessori, Traditional / Academic
Day
$7,250 to $12,000
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Venture Academy Springwater

Horseshoe Valley Road, Minesing (Barrie Area), Ontario, L0L 1Y0
Venture Academy Springwater is a troubled teens school in Springwater, Ontario. It offers programs from grades seven to 12.
Troubled Teens, Alternative
Boarding
Cost varies
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Vanguard School

5935 chemin de la Côte-de-Liesse, Saint-Laurent, Quebec, H4T 1C3
Vanguard School is a special needs private school in Montreal, Quebec. It offers programs from grades one to 11 with an average class size of 12 to 15 students.
Special Needs
Day
$430 to $655
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The Junior Academy

2454 Bayview Avenue (south of York Mills), Toronto, Ontario, M2L 1A6
The Junior Academy offers programs for junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is 12 to 14 students.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$16,750 to $21,250
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Don Valley Academy

4576 Yonge Street, Suite 408, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 6N4
Don Valley Academy is a private high school whose primary aim is to prepare our students for post-secondary studies. We are dedicated to providing educational programs that meet the needs of each student.
Traditional / Academic, Special Needs
Day
$9,900 to $13,200
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Académie de la Capitale

1010 Morrison Drive, Suite 200, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 8K7
Academie De La Capitale is a school for gifted kids in Ottawa, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades PS to 12, with bilingual instructions.
IB School, Gifted
Day
$13,650 to $17,745
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres

20561 Logan Avenue, Langley, British Columbia, V3A 7R3
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.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
Cost varies
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Bright Scholars Academy Inc.

24 Falconer Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 1B1
We have created a prepared environment for the success of children ages 18 months to 5 1/2 years old with Full-Day, Half-Day, & Part-Time programs to meet the needs of families in Mississauga.
Montessori,
Day
$3,000 to $12,000
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Brooklin Mill Montessori School

25 Cassels Road East, Brooklin, Ontario, L1M 1A4
We focus on building skills for life-long learning, including independence, concentration, self-confidence and a strong academic foundation in language, math, science, and the arts.
Montessori,
Day
$3,650 to $9,700
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Landmark East School

708 Main Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 1G4
Landmark East School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades three to 12 in Wolfville. Its average class size is four to nine students.
Special Needs,
Day & Boarding
$24,000 to $52,500
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FTW and Bright Start Academy

2950 Keele Street Suite 102 and 202, North York, Ontario, M3M 2H2
Finding the Way, a special needs school in North York, focuses on helping children with autism and learning differences, from PS to grade 8.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$6,000 to $22,000
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Wildwood Academy

2250 Sheridan Garden Drive, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7T1
Wildwood Academy is a special needs private school in Oakville. It offers programs from grades two to eight with an average class size of ten students.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$22,300
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal

3635 Atwater Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1Y4
As part of the global Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we offer a first class education and graduate women of action with a sound moral compass.
Traditional / Academic, Faith Based
Day
$12,952 to $13,152
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Venture Academy for Troubled Teens

101-1865 Dilworth Drive, Suite 338, Kelowna, British Columbia, V1Y 9T1
Venture Academy for Troubled Teens offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Kelowna.
Troubled Teens, Alternative
Boarding & Homestay
Cost varies
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Fieldstone Day School

2999 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 3T4
Fieldstone Day School in Toronto offers grades JK to Grade 8, with an average class size of 16 students. Tuition starts at $16,240.
Traditional / Academic,
Day
$16,240 to $19,865
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Eaton Arrowsmith School

204-6190 Agronomy Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
Eaton Arrowsmith School offers programs to help students with learning disabilities and runs from grade K to 12. Tuition starts $4,090.
Special Needs, Alternative
Day
$7,675 to $28,800
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