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Special needs schools are specialised for students with any type of physical, communicative, mental or social difficulties, including Asperger's syndrome, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They also offer special learning support for advanced learners and students with physical disabilities. Private schools offering small and individualized classes may often be the best option for your son or daughter.

Our son found himself making friends, getting good grades and working hard on the issues that brought him to Chamberlain.” —Parent, Chamberlain International School

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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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    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

    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

    Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)

    • Middleboro, Massachusetts
    • 6 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (25 students)
    • Boarding school (98 students)
    Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$58,227 to $141,214 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day9999999999

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$18,000 to $20,800Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day18000

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$20,936 to $21,996MiddleSchools 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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$24,000MiddleSchools Coed Day24000

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$18,900 to $20,000Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    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]
    School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto, Halton-Peel
    • Traditional
    Standard-enriched$52,000 to $55,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding52000

    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

    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

    Fraser Academy (est. 1982)

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • 1 to 12 Coed
    • Day school (250 students)
    Fraser Academy is a leader in the empowerment and education of Grade 1-12 students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Based in Vancouver, we are a fully accredited, independent day school. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    Standard-enriched$26,250 to $31,250Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

    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]
      Standard-enriched$25,000HighSchools Coed Day Homestay25000

      Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)

      • North Vancouver, British Columbia
      • K to 12 Coed
      • Day school (200 students)
      KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
      • Progressive
      Student-paced$22,950 to $23,950Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day9999999999

      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

      Heritage (est. 1984)

      • Provo, Utah
      • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
      • Boarding school (115 students)
      Heritage offers expert care for at-risk adolescents including those diagnosed with Mood Disorder, depression, anxiety, defiance towards authority figures and those on the Autism Spectrum. Learn more on our website. [View profile]
      • Progressive
      Student-paced$138,000 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Boarding138000

      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

      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

      Foothills Academy (est. 1979)

      • Calgary, Alberta
      • 3 to 12 Coed
      • Day school (288 students)
      Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment. [View profile]
      • Traditional
      Standard-enriched$15,300MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day15300

      Bright Start Academy (est. 2003)

      • North York, Ontario
      • PS 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. [View profile]
      • Traditional
      Student-paced$12,500 to $25,000Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day12500

      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

      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
      Student-paced$9,176Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Coed 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$21,500HighSchools Coed Day21500

      The Gow School (est. 1926)

      • South Wales, New York
      • 6 to 12 Coed
      • Day school (15 students)
      • Boarding school (135 students)
      The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York. [View profile]
      School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
      • Traditional
      Standard-enriched$63,600 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day63600

      North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)

      • Coconut Creek, Florida
      • PS to 12 Coed
      • Day school (900 students)
      • Boarding school (330 students)
      North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
      School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
      • Liberal Arts
      • International Baccalaureate
      Accelerated$24,200 to $58,000 USDPreschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day24200

      Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (BC)

      • Kelowna, British Columbia
      • 7 to 12 Boys/Girls
      Venture Academy is a therapeutic private school providing educational and clinical support services, individualized instruction and engaging interaction to get students back on track and restore confidence. [View profile]
      • Traditional
      Student-pacednot providedMiddleSchools HighSchools Girls Boys Homestay9999999999

      Fork Union Military Academy (est. 1898)

      • Fork Union, Virginia
      • 7 to 12 Boys
      • Day school (30 students)
      • Boarding school (400 students)
      This military academy in Fork Union, Virginia is the premier college preparatory boarding military schools for boys in grades 7-12. Renowned for its emphasis on Christian values, academics and athletics. [View profile]
      School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
      • Traditional
      $32,000 to $37,450 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding Day32000

      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

      Oxford Tutorial College (est. 1988)

      • Oxford,
      • 10 to 12 Coed
      • Day school (150 students)
      • Boarding school (150 students)
      Oxford Tutorial College is a leading independent college specialising in A-level and GCSE tuition for students grade 10 to 12, intending to go on to higher education at a good British University. [View profile]
      • Progressive
      • International Baccalaureate
      Standard-enriched$33,255 to $39,447Coed Boarding Day Homestay33255

      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]
      School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
      • Traditional
      Student-paced$20,900Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day20900

      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

      Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)

      • Rindge, New Hampshire
      • 3 to 12 Boys
      • Boarding school (22 students)
      A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
      • Liberal Arts
      Student-paced$58,500 USDMiddleSchools HighSchools Boys Boarding58500

      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, 7 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
      School Expo Exhibitor - Montreal, Halton-Peel
      • Traditional
      Standard-enriched$3,530 to $25,415MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day3530

      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]
      School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
      • Traditional
      Student-paced$2,500/program to $23,500Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Day2500

      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

      Landmark East School (est. 1979)

      • Wolfville, Nova Scotia
      • 3 to 12 Coed
      • Day school (45 students)
      • Boarding school (30 students)
      Landmark East School offers exceptional programming for LD students from grade 3 to 12. The average class size is 5 students. [View profile]
      • Traditional
      Student-paced$26,000 to $48,000MiddleSchools HighSchools Coed Boarding Day26000