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AVRO Academy

Grades Gr. 9 TO Gr. 12 — North York, ON (MAP)

AVRO Academy:

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  • Grades
    Gr. 9 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    5 — 7 students
  • Tuition
    $18,875 to 24,075/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    50 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 1640-A Avenue Rd., North York, Ontario, M5M 3X9 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see AVRO Academy

AVRO was founded in 2010 by David Berger and Jason Ellenbogen, both of whom remain at the head of the school, continuing to guide it with a keen fidelity to their initial vision. They aren’t your typical educators which, again, is part of the draw. Berger is a long-time educator, and is also very integrated within the life the community that provides a context for the school, including a co-director of Spiritfest, an annual community arts festival. Ellenbogen, too, brings a unique set of skills and experience, including that of being a psychologist with clinical experience with teens and their families. They tailored the delivery of the curriculum based in a sense of best practices that they’d been growing in their professional lives. The faculty continues in kind. Chriasee Sen-Varma, an instructor and academic coordinator, is a physicist. Mindy Alexander, head of social studies, has taught art in prisons. And it continues from there. The feel is small, personal, and the approach builds from the talents and curiosity that the students bring with them into the classroom. The school was created out of a sense of doing things well, but differently, and with an added bit of spark. As such the school has attracted students and instructors of a like mind. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, close-knit, challenging while supportive learning environment.

Featured articles

Balancing academics and social-emotional well-being

Creating a safe environment is key when it comes to finding the balance between emotional wellness and academic success. Helping students with relationships, ensuring there is a zero-tolerance policy around bullying, and having all staff closely involved in the students’ daily lives, are among the things AVRO has implemented to support well-being.

School's Perspective

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How AVRO Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"AVRO Academy is more than a private high school. It’s an empowering community that supports the whole teenager to trust themselves and learn on their own terms. AVRO delivers personalized full & part time programs in engaging ways. We listen and explore individual interests to develop each student’s best learning path. With dynamic IEPs, mentorship and therapeutic counselling, AVRO students build on their strengths and gain the academic confidence they need to succeed in the university or college of their choice."

  • Small class sizes
  • One on one support
  • Rapport-based learning
  • Flexible schedules and courses
  • Unique Therapeutic Program
  • Summer School Program
  • Dynamic Individual Education Plans

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

We offer 5:1 as well as 1:1 attention to every student.
Every student is assessed for their support needs to develop their individual Dynamic IEP - a living, evolving guide for success.
Teacher and student rapport builds strong relationships, that re-engage learning, curiosity, initiative and confidence.
Our team provides students and their parents professional on-site support, for both academic and emotional challenges."

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

"Avro supports student who need more from their high school.
Who is the Avro Student?
Teens who aren't thriving in school due to stress, academic and social anxiety, bullying, and scheduling conflicts.
Teens with a complex IEP, identifying learning difficulties associated with attention disorders, in combination
with significant anxiety/depression, or complications due to family circumstances.
Teens who are diagnosed, as well as undiagnosed, with high-functioning ASD"

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

Our admissions are open throughout the year because we know sometimes students need a change of environment that can come at any time. Our team helps onboard new students with assessments of work and progress to date as well as planning and integration into a new class with all the supports needed for success.

What might families find surprising about your school?

"AVRO’s Therapeutic Program is unique.
It provides students and parents regular, on-site professional support for both academic and emotional challenges. Our aim is to support the psycho-social needs of our students, in addition to their education.
The program uses a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, mindfulness, as well as music and expressive arts therapy, to enhance creativity and develop a sense of enjoyment in learning."

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see AVRO Academy

Written reviews of AVRO Academy


Parent, Linda mooallem (2019)

My daughter thrives on the individualized attention she gets at AVRO. Individualized programming is...

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Efrat Shapir, Principal
MA (Philosophy), MA (History)

AVRO Academy promotes learning that is collaborative, integrated, and nurturing. Our aim is to deliver high school curriculum that inspires hope, promotes connections, and nurtures change. We do this by recognizing that each student learns and shares their learning in different ways. The wonderful AVRO team offers opportunities for our students to connect their learning to their own goals and interests, while at the same time completing Ontario Ministry of Education approved credits. I believe that learning is created by connecting inspiration with information. We welcome your children to join us and explore their inspiration, their goals, and to work through their challenges.


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