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Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

Grades Gr. 3 TO Gr. 12 — Belleville, ON (MAP)

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    Gr. 3 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    4 — 6 students
  • Tuition
    $33,500 to 99,500/program
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    5 day students, 30 boarding students, 10 homestay students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 72 Orchard Dr., Belleville, Ontario, K8P2K7 (MAP)

Our Perspective

How we see Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

Every private school exists to meet the needs of a specific set of learners, which is something that on the whole differentiates private education from the public system. And in that sense, you can’t find a better example than Applewood. It isn’t the right school for all students, but for a specific set of students—principally ones that require therapeutic support and individual learning programs—it is unequalled. When students arrive at Applewood they find themselves in an environment in which they are at the centre of the program, not somewhere ancillary to that. They also find a staff that is expert in their needs, and can envision their path to success. It’s a great school, and a great story. The ideal student is the one who is struggling elsewhere, and who can benefit from a dedicated, empathetic, specialized environment.

School's Perspective

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How Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Applewood Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions. We are experienced in special education, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and child/adolescent management. We maintain academic and residential placements by establishing therapeutic relationships; applying cognitive-behavioural management; implementing individualized learning programs; and utilizing continuous clinical and academic support. Academic: Sept-Jun; Summer: Jul-Aug."

  • A safe, positive environment that brings enjoyment back to learning.
  • Clinically driven overall school and life experience.
  • Diverse, accessible, and inclusive environment.
  • Knowledgeable, passionate, personable, and committed staff.
  • Strive for a positive, joyful environment that makes learning easier.
  • Individualized, self-paced academic programming.
  • High flexibility in developing individual learning plans.
  • A sense of community in a small city setting with tailored boarding and host family options.
  • Flexible family engagement plans and treatment involvement.
  • The tenacity to ensure the success of each child!

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Applewood Academy stands alone among schools, beginning with our clinical orientation. While other schools have special education departments, Applewood starts with a clinical program used to shape personalized educational and residential programming. This results in more comprehensive clinical plans for each student and a much greater likelihood of success in delivering individualized care and personal growth. Applewood elementary and secondary grades follow the Ontario curriculum."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"Families choose Applewood Academy because of the close relationships we establish with the family and the student. We approach education from a clinical perspective, which means that we can quickly understand and respond to the different challenges of each student. We “get” each and every unique situation. Families quickly gain confidence that we can craft and implement a plan—from accommodation, to education, to social/recreational activities—that is going to work. And it does."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"We can’t overstate the significance of Applewood Academy’s clinical orientation. Many of our families arrive overloaded with diagnoses and reports, whether academic, behavioural or medical. Our ability to make sense of all this information and to map out a clinical program that pulls in the education component is without parallel. Our follow-through with families is just as good. Applewood is never closed during the school year; we are always here to communicate and optimize."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"What families find surprising about Applewood Academy is the quality of care. Our materials speak to the level of care that we provide, but experiencing our care first hand is typically a revelation for families. Care for Applewood students doesn’t end after the academic day is done, nor Friday afternoon. From individualized learning plans, to the most suitable accommodation option, to after-school activities that are both fun and build towards a normalized life; care is what we are all about."

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

Video reviews of Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning

Parent, Kimberley Hayes (2022)

Watch our parent interview with Kimberley Hayes to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning.

Parent, Tanya Johnston (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Tanya Johnston to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning.

Written reviews of Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning


Parent, Vivian Alexander (2019)

My daughter is an international student, and we were looking for an environment, that afforded struc...

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Interview with school leader

Watch our Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning leadership interview with Terry Stevenson to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
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Message from school leadership

Mr. Terry Stevenson, Director
MA (Clinical Psych)

Every stage of life brings exciting challenges as well as problematic obstacles. At Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, we offer students a confidential and safe classroom to learn the necessary skills to manage.

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning began building its team of educational and mental health professionals in 2001. Students and families are offered a dedicated staff with specialized experience in Special Education, Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychometry and Social Work.

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning is a privately operated school, licensed by the Ministry of Education, to provide educational programming for students from kindergarten to grade 8, who have exceptional treatment and behavioural needs.

At Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, our primary goal is to provide children with opportunities for academic success and thereby create a positive attitude toward an environment that is often avoided, due to their previous negative experiences.

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning’s mission is to maintain the child’s academic placement through the development of therapeutic relationships, the application of behavioral management techniques, the implementation of individualized learning programs and continuous clinical and academic support.

Applewood Academy’s vision is that children with specialized treatment needs will have access to high quality, compassionate and therapeutic educational programming that allows for the simultaneous delivery of educational and therapeutic interventions.

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning has set its’ goals:

  1. To assist children with special treatment and learning needs in obtaining their highest academic potential;
  2. To promote healthy personality development in the child;
  3. To reduce and counterbalance the negative factors contributing to a child’s emotional health;
  4. To support and facilitate the transition of the child back into a community school whenever possible and beneficial to the child or engage in planning which promotes continuity of care for the child when this is not possible;
  5. To support the child becoming a successful and self-led learner;
  6. To support the child to feel part of a school community; and
  7. To provide professional teaching and counseling through classroom experiences that promote normal maturation (care), prevent further injury to the child (safety), and correct specific problems that interfere with healthy personality development (treatment).

We look forward to hearing from you with any inquiries you may have. Feel free to contact us at any time!


Terry Stevenson

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