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Chisholm Academy

Grades Gr. 7 TO Gr. 12 — Oakville, ON (MAP)

Chisholm Academy:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    Gr. 7 — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    8 — 10 students
  • Tuition
    $28,660 to 30,665/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    120 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 1484 Cornwall Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 7W5 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

Chisholm Academy offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider.

The regions Chisholm Academy offers busing from are:

  • Burlington
  • Mississauga
  • Etobicoke

Additional notes: Bussing is determined annually, based on the locations of our students. We pick up at certral locations within walking distance of a students home. We do our best to minimize the time that each student stays on the bus. Routes are determined by our provider.

Our Perspective

How we see Chisholm Academy

Our Kids Feature Review

  • Chisholm Academy was established to cater to learners at risk of being overlooked in traditional education.
  • Ideal students at Chisholm are those who benefit from a personalized educational plan, and a small class size.•
  • The school is led by clinical psychologist Dr. Howard Bernstein, ensuring a focus on structured academic experiences.
  • Strong communication and collaboration between parents and the school are actively promoted.

The 50-page review of Chisholm Academy is part of our series of in-depth accounts of Canada's leading private schools. It provides a unique and objective perspective on the school's academics, programs, culture, and community.

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Key insights from our research

  • Chisholm Academy is often seen as empathetic, compassionate, and creative. We see students who had not previously participated much in their school community, become a lot more active, which enhances their confidence and self-esteem. We have students going to college or university, with a special set of skills reinforced over their years at Chisholm.
    —From Interview with Chisholm Academy Associate Head of School: Adam Bernstein.
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Profile of Dr. Howard Bernstein, Executive Director, Chisholm Academy

With roots in an educational psychology practice, Chisholm’s teaching philosophy views students’ emotional health as pivotal to their learning capacity. “We come at the whole school experience from a unique angle, in that our priority is to create an environment where kids feel comfortable,” says Dr. Bernstein.

School's Perspective

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How Chisholm Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Our students have learning disabilities, ADHD, and anxiety but they're also regular kids who have struggled in school and who deserve to learn in an environment where they feel understood, respected, and heard. Chisholm Academy assists students reach their potential and gain confidence through a structured and supportive teaching style. The multi-disciplinary staff includes special education trained Ontario certified teachers, teaching assistants, child and youth workers, and a consulting psychology practice."

  • Grades 7 - 12
  • Every Student is Unique
  • Individual Education Plans For All Students
  • Classes of 3 - 12 Students
  • After School Support
  • Smart Boards in Every Classroom
  • Extra curriculars specifically designed for our students
  • College or University bound kids

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Chisholm Academy (1971) is the first specialized school in Ontario for students with learning or personal concerns. We created a "typical" school for those who require individual educational plans, taught in small groups. While we do not accept students with behavioural issues, we are plaesed to accept studenst with LD, ADHD, anxiety or depression. 100% of our students attend post secondary institutions. Our relationships with our students and parents is always supportive and long-lasting."

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

"The Executive Director is a doctoral psychologist with expertise in clinical & educational psychology. Our principal & vice-principals hold specialist degrees & teaching staff are required to complete special education training. We employ counsellors, child & youth workers, recreation leadership staff and specialists in art & drama. There is very little staff turn over, which attests to the atmosphere. At Chisholm, comfort, personal growth & development, are as important as curriculum."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"No one is bullied at Chisholm. Some of our kids had difficulty in previous schools. We facilitate personal relationships & activities to ensure all students are accepted. Our staff is committed to extra-curricular activities & we required that every student participates in at least 2 acticities. As students make friends & become increasingly confident, learning becomes easier. Our guidance department ensures post-secondary choices are appropriate & we consult with each student's new school."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"The "normalized" environment we create, allows us to function as a traditional school yet employ all the aspects of individual educational plans. New students are immediately accepted and feel part of our family within days of starting at Chisholm. Our kids are are regular students who need that extra support in order to go on to college or university & lead successful independent lives. Moms & Dads quickly understand that their input is encouraged and appreciated."

School Facilities

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Instructional resources

School leadership

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

Interview with school leader

Watch our Chisholm Academy leadership interview with Adam Bernstein to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
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Message from school leadership

Dr. Howard A. Bernstein, Ph.D., C.Psych., Executive Director and Psychologist
Psychologist, register with the College of Psychologists of Ontario

It is incredibly satisfying to know that we created Chisholm Academy with the help of thousands of parents, students and staff.  I believe that we are the premier private school, for students who need support based on their learning or emotional needs.  Success has been demonstarted in the amount of time that our staff stays with our school, the acceptance rate into college and university and our students success in the work force and with their family.  You can only imagine the joy we all feel when students visit Chisholm Acaedemy, to "show off" their success and their families with young children.  Parents "lend us" the children with the hope and excectation that we will nurture them and teach them the lessons they require academically and to ensure they are the fine citizens that we want our chidren to become.  It continues to ne an honour to lead Chisholm Academy with the help of so many supporters.  Best wishes, Dr. B.

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