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Special needs schools in Toronto

Special needs schools in Toronto

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There are plenty of great special need schools in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This includes schools and programs in downtown Toronto, the Annex, North York, Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, and Etobicoke.

These schools offer special education programs for your child. They also tailor their approach to your child's  unique learning strengths and weaknesses. 

Special education programs in Toronto

Toronto has several different kinds of special needs schools and programs. Some of these schools are focused exclusively on special needs students, and provide full-time support for them. Others offer a full-time, dedicated special education class or program for students with some kinds of special needs (a class that takes place alongside other classes). And others offer resource support or certain kinds of in-class accommodations for special needs children.

Each of these schools provides specialized support for children with special needs. Only some Toronto special need schools and programs, though, provide support for all or most special needs children. Most focus on specific kinds of special needs. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, there are schools providing support for one or more of the following kinds of special needs:

Keep in mind, different types of special needs children require different accommodations. For instance, a gifted student may require subject-specific enrichment or acceleration. A student with ADHD, on the other hand, may need to be placed in a smaller class, whether they can work in a calm environment and receive special attention. And a student with dyslexia may need extra time and support for reading and writing assignments. 

The benefits of special needs schools in Toronto

If you’re child has a special need, it’s important to address it. They can’t just be left to deal with it on their own.

A Toronto special needs school, whether it offers a full-time dedicated program or part-time support, is a step in the right direction. Your child will likely be assigned a special education teacher. They also will likely receive specialized programming in the form of an Independent Education Plan (IEP). This will help ensure they receive the accommodations they need, and don’t fall through the cracks.

This can also allow your child to avoid some common problems. Children with unaddressed special needs often fall behind in their school work. This can lead to frustration, boredom, and feeling disconnected. It also frequently leads to social and behavioural issues.

By going to a school that addresses their special need(s), your child can avoid these pitfalls. In fact, if you find a school that’s a good fit, one that offers the right kind of program and environment, your child can excel, academically, socially, and emotionally.

Luckily, in Toronto, there are many schools offering support for students with special needs. There are also nearby schools in Mississauga, Oakville, and Brampton.

Finding a special needs school in Toronto

To aid you in your search for the right special needs school, attend one of our annual private school expos. Meet with Toronto's top ranked private schools and the best boarding schools across Canada at the Halton-Peel expo and the Toronto expo in October. These one-day events are a must for any parent or student considering an alternative education. You can also read our guide to choosing a great special needs school.

Below, we list special needs schools in Toronto and the GTA. Click on a school to learn more about it. 

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List of Special needs schools in Toronto

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    School NameTypePaceCost

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

    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

    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

    BrightonLaunch   

    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Adult Coed
    • Day school (25 students)
    Brighton Launch is program for young adults 18+ with challenges, who are preparing to, or have moved from school to post-school activities. [View profile]
    • Progressive
    not providedCoed Day9999999999

    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

    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$23,000HighSchools Coed Day23000

    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

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

    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]
    • Traditional
    Student-paced$20,900Elementary MiddleSchools Coed Day20900

    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

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