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Special needs schools for boys

For boys with special needs, a specialized education environment is even more beneficial.

Many scholars agree that there exists nurture-based dissimilarities between the sexes. Simply put, boys and girls are socialized differently.

As such, many education experts advocate for all-boys schools because students benefit from a curriculum molded to their specific needs. For boys with special needs, a specialized education environment is even more beneficial.

Benefits of boys’ special needs schools

Proponents of boys’ schools profess numerous benefits of single-gender education. These may include:

  • Removal of gender pressure: Children at a boys’ school face less pressure to act according to their gendered expectations. Here, boys are more likely to join clubs or pursue passions without the tight chains of ‘masculinity’ strapping them into a rigid pigeonhole. This freedom to escape societal pressure is particularly important for students with special needs. Indeed, learning disabilities like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in many cases, harm a childs’ self-esteem and thus their capacity for self-discovery. At a boys’ school for special needs, decreased stress about what constitutes ‘being a man’ could allow your child to be more himself than he might be in the so-called real world of co-education.
     
  • Success in Gender-Atypical Subjects: A 2008 study entitled Single-Sex Schooling and Academic Attainment at School Through the Lifecourse found that students at all-boys (and all-girls) schools performed better in “gender atypical” subjects, like modern languages and English, than their counterparts at coed schools did. Some may explain that this increased success is a corollary of an all-boys school ability to design an education that matches male learning styles. In short, boys’ schools could gear their classroom strategies to more specific aptitudes than coed schools could. Such adaptation is ideal for students with special needs, as they have a tendency to fall behind their classmates. At boys’ school, their classes may be more suited to them than they would be at another type of school. The learning process, therefore, becomes more effective for kids with special needs or learning disabilities.
     
  • Private schools offer unique help: There are two central reasons for this. First, private schools and boarding school offer smaller class sizes than other schools do. Hence, students receive a lot of individualized attention and their instructors tailor classes to their specific disabilities and strengths. Second, private schools provide a plethora of extra-help and extracurricular programs to assist children with special needs outside of the classroom.

Paying for private boys’ school

There are at least three resources for tuition help for parents interested in a private school for boys with special needs:

  1. Scholarships and bursaries
  2. Community support
  3. Tax breaks: In some provinces, you may be eligible for a medical tax break if you send your kid to a school for students with special needs.
You may consult our 18 Tips for Paying for Private School for additional information. You can also read our guide to the cost of special needs schools.
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List of dedicated special needs boys' schools


These are dedicated special needs schools for boys, where 100% of the students have special needs. They provide full-time support for all students in the school, through accommodations, modifications, and remediations.

 
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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]
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
$53,965 to $57,965MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys53965ADHD (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) Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)  

  • Rindge, New Hampshire(USA)
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (25 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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
US $61,500MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys61500ADHD (moderate to severe) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Asperger's Syndrome Autism

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