Our school caters to the needs of students with exceptionalities. We provide a multi-team approach to promote our students’ academic, physical and social emotional development. We maintain small teacher to student ratios. The core subjects are delivered through evidence based Direct Instruction. We promote socialization and character development through a Social Skills course of study. Our students also benefit from a thorough Arts program. We work closely with parents to help our students reach their potential.
- Catering to students with Autism, and/or other exceptionalities
- Direct Instruction for Reading and Math
- Hands-on STEM activities
- Effective Social Skills programming
- Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and Ontario Certified Teachers
- Daily physical Activities, weekly yoga, swimming and other sports
- Enriching Arts program including dance, drama, music and visual arts
- Applied Behavioural Analysis techniques and small teacher to student ratio
- Online learning option for medically fragile students
- Multi-team approach
How well-suited is your child to EPA?
Our Take: Edelweiss Private Academy
The purpose of any great private school is to support a segment of the learner population, giving them the attention that they require to be successful and to have their talents recognised and celebrated. By that metric, without a doubt, Edelweiss is a great private school. The approach is evidence based, keyed to a range of personal and academic outcomes, and delivered by faculty members who have direct, clinical experience. The range of exceptionalities that students arrive with are varied, though ultimately the approach is student-centred, working with each to ensure that they feel comfortable and grow and learn. Often, and this is true in the case of Edelweiss, the parameters of the environment are a key element—whatever challenges the students are experiencing, they don’t exist on the periphery of the school community, pulled from classes say for one-on-one with a teaching assistant. Rather they feel central within it, precisely because they are, in fact, central to it. In this environment, they don’t feel exceptional, but an equal part of a shared community that understands them.
What does learning at Edelweiss Private Academy look like now?
At EPA we are dedicated to helping our students achieve their academic, physical and social-emotional potential. This commitment continues during these unprecedented times that require the school doors to be closed. Our students have continued to learn and progress in all academic areas even during the pandemic. Student attend daily classes with their teachers on line (2.5 hours a day for our younger Transition class and 5 hours a day for our Primary, Junior and Intermediate classes). Providing familiar structure and routines help our students deal with all the other uncertainties in life right now. Despite a change in venue, learning continues as usual and we are thankful to our dedicated staff, families and students for enthusiastically adapting to our new way of learning. We continue to follow the guidelines set by public health and will keep you up to date on any changes. Our online learning program though, will continue for medically fragile students, even when most students return to the classroom.