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Private schools with life skills programs

Life skills programs for teenagers and young adults

Some students struggle with school. There could be many reasons for this. They might have a learning disability, behavioural issue, or too much on their plate. This includes not just children, but teenagers and young adults. Read more


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  • Hamilton, Ontario
    Garth Street/Fennell Avenue West
  • NS to 12 Coed
  • $8,213 to $50,230

Established in 1901, Hillfield Strathallan College is one of Canada’s leading co-educational independent schools, offering academic programs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
Hillfield Strathallan College 8213 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Spadina/St Clair Ave W
  • JK to 12 Girls
  • $33,830 to $64,090

The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build the academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $1.6 million available in financial assistance.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
The Bishop Strachan School 33830 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./St. Clair Ave.
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $33,000

The York School is a JK to Grade 12 International Baccalaureate school in midtown Toronto. Our mission is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
The York School 30000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Surrey, British Columbia
    152 Street/Highway 10
  • K to 5 Coed
  • $16,500 to $18,000

Glarea Elevated Learning has re-imagined the modern school system by utilizing Challenge Based Learning within an all-inclusive Tech, Arts and Sport environment focused on connection and development.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
Glarea Elevated Learning 16500 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Summerland, British Columbia
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $11,275 to $51,500

UNISUS (IB World) School simply is the most innovative school. We are based on 4 pillars of IB Education, Innovation and Technology, Entrepreneurship and Outdoor Education; also E-Learning Division and Global Partners.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Unisus School 11275 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
    Yonge Street/King Road
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $14,500

Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. is a private school for intellectually gifted students in Richmond Hill, Ontario, from grades 1 through 12. Tuition is $14,500.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Academy for Gifted Children - P.A.C.E. 14500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Stratford, Ontario
    Ontario Street/Waterloo Street South
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $9,750 to $40,065

Stratford, Ontario, Private Secondary School dedicated to inspiring students to achieve their individual potential through academic excellence while fostering a spirit of service to society.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Nancy Campbell Academy 9750 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    QEW Highway/403 Highway
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $9,600 to $19,200

Walden International School, Oakville, offers enriched, child-centred, academic programs from Pre-K through Grade 8. Grade 9 will be introduced in September 2021. Class sizes up to 18 students depending on grade level.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Walden International School 9600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Buena Vista Road/Springfield Road
  • PS to 12 Girls
  • $14,800 to $28,300

Elmwood School is Ottawa's pre-eminent school for girls from JK to Grade 12. Our high academic standards, small class sizes and safe, supportive environment ensure that each girl is inspired to reach her full potential.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Elmwood School 14800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Winston Churchill/Lakeshore Road East
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $8,925 to $18,900

Clanmore is one of the few schools offering authentic Montessori programming from Toddler - Middle School. Our culture is warm and inviting and our philosophy empowers us to support each child as a unique individual.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Clanmore Montessori School 8925 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    York Mills/Leslie
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $18,500 to $24,000

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.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
WillowWood School 18500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $24,900 to $77,100

We are a therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home stay or boarding environments.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Progressive
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 24900 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge/Eglinton
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,500 to $14,000

We go beyond curriculum expectations to provide opportunities for students to earn admission into their choice of university using our AP accreditation, staff expertise and individual goal setting in small classes.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
OAT - Ontario Academy of Technology 12500 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    College/Spadina
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,800 to $30,000

Braemar College offers a warm environment in downtown Toronto for students with high academic ambitions. Flexible terms allow students to join anytime and offers fast and focused pathways into Canada’s top universities.

  • Day/Homestay
  • Progressive
Braemar College 13800 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
  • Duncan, British Columbia
    Brownsey Avenue/Government Street
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $13,000 to $61,750

Queen Margaret's School is a co-ed independent day/boarding university preparatory school in Duncan, BC.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Queen Margaret's School 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Boarding Coed
  • West Vancouver, British Columbia
    Upper Levels Highway/Cypress Bowl exit
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $17,000 to $25,000

Mulgrave School offers programmes from Preschool to Grade 12 in West Vancouver to all genders. Its average class size is 20 students with teacher to student ratios of 1:8.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
Mulgrave School 17000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Eglinton/Caledonia
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $7,350 to $11,900

B.E.N. is an engaging, caring learning community. The focus is on qualities and skills alongside the Ontario Curriculum. Small class sizes, outdoor activities, art classes and workshops. Parenting workshops are offered.

  • Day
  • Progressive
B.E.N. School-House 7350 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Dufferin/Lawrence
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $19,000 to $25,000

Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to learners whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Magnificent Minds 19000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Church/Bloor
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $20,000 to $25,000

Founded in 1997, the Abelard School is a small independent school for grades 7 though 12, located in downtown Toronto. It offers small class sizes and an enriched, integrated curriculum to bright, motivated students.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Abelard School 20000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Montreal, Quebec
    chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine/Avenue Claude Champagne
  • 7 to 11 Girls
  • $4,950 to $15,400

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.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie 4950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
  • Brampton, Ontario
    North Park Drive/Nuffield Street
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $7,000 to $13,000

Maranatha Christian Academy is a private Christian School located in Brampton. MCA utilizes the ACE curriculum that focuses on individualized instruction.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Maranatha Christian Academy 7000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $11,369 to $12,875

Now offered online, the PK – Grade 6 program is a visible expression of the philosophy embodied in Ledson's books, Raising Brighter Children and Teach Your Child to Read in Just 10 Minutes a Day.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Sidney Ledson Institute 11369 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $12,600 to $18,900

Oak Learners offers a unique learning atmosphere, inspired by the strengths of our students. Our classrooms apply interdisciplinary and inquiry-based teaching to facilitate an enriched educational environment.

  • Day/eSchool
  • Reggio Emilia
Oak Learners 12600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day eSchool Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills/Eglinton
  • Adult Coed
  • $18,900 to $27,900

Brighton Launch reimagines post-secondary education for young adults with intellectual challenges. Using a tailored skills curriculum, supported work placements and more, we prepare students for lives of success.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Brighton Launch 18900 Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $14,000 to $18,000

Howlett Academy is a private, co-educational school for JK to Grade 8. Accountability, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, Creativity and Energy are our core values.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Howlett Academy 14000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ancaster, Ontario
    Rymal Road West/Glancaster Road
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $12,700 to $46,650

At HDCH, our mission is to cultivate character through learning for a life of service to God. Our vision is to see all HDCH graduates become a faithful presence in the communities that they serve.

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Hamilton District Christian High 12700 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $17,550 to $20,000

Edelweiss Private Academy offers elementary education to students with ASD and other exceptionalities, maintaining small teacher to student ratios. We promote strong academic, physical and social-emotional development.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Edelweiss Private Academy 17550 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Township Road 250/Range Road 33
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $17,220 to $18,270

At Edge School, your child succeeds through integrated athletics, academics, and character-building programs.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Edge School 17220 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Queen St./Ossington Ave.
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $28,173

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) offers a transformative education to high-achieving students in Grades 7 to 12 from all backgrounds. UTS graduates take initiative and innovate as socially responsible global citizens.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
University of Toronto Schools 28173 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St/Sheppard Ave
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $449 to $549 /course

Ontario Virtual School is an Ontario Ministry-inspected credit-granting institution offering high school courses for Grades 9-12 in an interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access.

  • Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
Ontario Virtual School 449 HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
  • Merrickville, Ontario
    St. Lawrence Street/Elgin Street
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $16,250 to $58,200

Merrick Preparatory offers grades 9-12 and a University Qualification Year to students preparing for successful admission to degree programs in the world's top universities, in a safe and secure family environment.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Merrick Preparatory School 16250 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $100,000 to US $185,000

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Chamberlain International School 100000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Rosthern, Saskatchewan
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $7,500 to $26,000

RJC is a Grades 10-12 boarding school accredited by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. RJC is student and community-focused all while offering excellent academics and exceptional athletic and fine arts programs.

  • Homestay/Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Rosthern Junior College 7500 Homestay Day Boarding Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $13,300 to $15,100

Clear Water Academy is a private Catholic school that stands ready to meet and expand the minds and passions the brightest students in Calgary and exchange students from around the world.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
Clear Water Academy 13300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Leslie Street/York Mills Road
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $13,300 to $23,400

The Giles School has small class sizes, leadership programs and intensive STEM programming that support both immersion and introductory language programming in each of the six official languages of the United Nations.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Giles School 13300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Rothesay, New Brunswick
    Rothesay Rd/College Hill Rd
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $23,340 to $64,200

Rothesay Netherwood School offers programs for grades 6 to 12 in Rothesay, New Brunswick. Its average class size is 16 students and it is an outstanding engaged and supportive community -'It's our Nature to Nurture'.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
Rothesay Netherwood School 23340 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./Eglinton Ave.
  • 1 to 12 Girls
  • $31,900

St. Clement's School develops outstanding women who are intellectually curious, courageous, and compassionate.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
St. Clement's School 31900 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
  • Fort Erie, Ontario
    Central Avenue/Wintemute Street
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $30,000 to $57,875

Our East Meets West environment fosters global awareness and advances our student body into responsible and globally aware citizens who are well-equipped for life beyond academia.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Liberal Arts
Fort Erie International Academy 30000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Brockville, Ontario
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • $14,120

Our intercultural environment offers an individualized approach to learning and highly differentiated instruction, with emphasis on STEM+A & AP courses. Our students enjoy a dynamic academic & residential life program.

  • eSchool/Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Fulford Academy 14120 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Boarding Coed
  • Richmond, British Columbia
    Lansdowne Road/Kwantlen Street
  • 10 to 12 Coed
  • $22,950 to $38,750

MLWS offers a unique university school model - a high school located on a university campus. We offer university pathway with “Dual acceptance” opportunity, and students share the state-of-the-art university facilities.

  • Homestay/Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Maple Leaf World Schools - Canada 22950 Homestay Boarding Day Coed
  • Vaughan, Ontario
    Rutherford Rd/Keele
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • $22,595 to $24,795

Everest Academy is an Independent Co-ed Day and Boarding School for Grades 5-12 & PG in Vaughan. At Everest, Learning is Built Around Each Student. The student to teacher ratio is 15:1 and the average class size is 14.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Everest Academy 22595 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Riverside Dr./Bank St
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $14,800 to $16,300

Astolot Educational Centre is a day school with grades 1 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. Classroom teacher-student ratios are 1 to 10. Students have the ability to reach their full potential with Astolot programming.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Astolot Educational Centre 14800 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed

While some of these students eventually graduate from high school, others don’t. And while some move on to university, others don’t.

For those teenagers and young adults who don’t continue on the school track, things can get overwhelming. They thus need some guidance: Where do I go from here? What should I do now? How should I live my life?

Adult life skills programs

Luckily, in Canada there are private schools with programs tailored to these individuals. These specialty schools offer adult skills programs which can help with the transition from childhood to adulthood, and from the school world to the work world.

These schools help with one of the most critical transition periods in life. They offer programs for young adults which teach them important life skills.

What adult skills programs look like

How do these programs work? And how do they teach young adults such important life skills?

The truth is, there is no one perfect model. There are many ways to teach young adults how to be happy, productive, and successful members of society.

Some adult skills programs offer mostly specialized courses. For instance, they might offer specific courses in searching for employment, living healthy, and nutrition. Students, in these programs, can choose which skills and areas they want to focus on.

Other programs offer a more all-inclusive, integrated approach, which teaches a wide range of life skills through a broad curriculum.

There are also both full- and part-time adult skills programs. This gives young adults seeking guidance two main options. They can fully immerse themselves in adult programming through an intensive approach. Or they can learn important life skills at nights, on weekends, or one or two days a week. This option gives them the freedom to pursue other endeavours, such as look for employment, enter the work world, or engage in recreational activities.

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