Integrated vs. specialized environment

Inclusive Schools: Are they right for your child?

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Depending on the nature and severity of your child’s learning disability, and inclusive school may be an option. An inclusive school is a regular school that has made a commitment to gearing part of its resources and curriculum to students with special needs. Read more


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Chisholm Academy


Oakville, Ontario
Cornwall/Maplegrove
 
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"Chisholm Academy are specialists in developing programs for students with exceptionalities. Classes of 8-10 students, an experienced multi-disciplinary staff really make a difference!

  1. Grades 7 - 12
  2. Every Student is Unique
  3. Individual Education Plans For All Students
  4. Classes of 3 - 12 Students

—From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $26,910 to $27,295
  • Day school
  • 120 students
 
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Chisholm Academy 26910 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres


Langley & Burnaby, British Columbia
Glover/Logan
 
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"Whytecliff is a safe, empathetic & supportive place for teens with a diverse range of learning needs / personal challenges. Our positive community & high-growth environment pulls each child up to be their very best!

  1. Safe, empathetic, supportive community for students with a diverse range of learning needs
  2. Low student-to-educator ratio of less than 5:1 lets us really get to know you
  3. Each child gets a personalized program tailored to their unique gifts, strengths, and talents
  4. Dual-accredited as both an independent school and a Positive Youth Development program

—From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $8,900 to $19,500
 
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 8900 HighSchools Day Day Coed

"We are a therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 3-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home stay or boarding environments" —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $30,750 to $89,180 /program
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Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 30750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence/Don Mills
 
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"Brighton is the leading private school in Toronto for students with academic and/or social challenges. We offer curriculum-based and remedial Elementary programs; and credit, pre-credit and non-credit Secondary streams." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $27,750
  • Day school
  • 65 students
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Brighton School 27750 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Our Academy (in-person) and Studio (online) personalized programs are designed for students with a diagnosed learning disability to achieve their potential through outstanding support within and outside the classroom." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,100 to $21,400
  • Day, eSchool
  • 325 students
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Rundle Academy & Rundle Studio 12100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
Wellandport, Ontario
 
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"Robert Land Academy, established in 1978, is a private military-inspired boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to experience validation, realize their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $64,000 to $75,000
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Robert Land Academy 64000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
Burlington, Ontario
Guelph Line/New Street
 
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"At ELEVATE, we are focusing on identifying and meeting the needs of students with learning differences. We use evidence-based approaches like UFLI, Wilson, and OG to support our students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $24,000
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Elevate Learning Centre 24000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
Sherbrooke/Atwater
 
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"Students thrive in an inclusive, structured learning environment that provides academic accommodations for all learners. We help students become autonomous, resilient lifelong learners!" —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $21,270
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Centennial Academy 21270 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Breadalbane St/St Luke Ln
 
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"The YMCA Academy is an alternative school for students in grades 6 to 12 with learning disabilities and learning style differences, offering individualized Special Education support." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $27,825
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The YMCA Academy 27825 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
North York, Ontario
Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
 
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"Through our dynamic individual education plans, mentorship, and therapeutic counselling we ensure all students feel comfortable, respected and cared for, so they stay actively engaged in their educational journey." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $18,875 to $24,075
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AVRO Academy 18875 HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
 
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"Some of the greatest inventors, authors, and entrepreneurs of our time had minds that differed from the average. Our unique methodology addresses the needs of learners with ADHD and Dyslexia." —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,000
  • Day school
  • 30 students
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The Learning Common 21000 MiddleSchools Day Coed
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Leslie/16th Ave
 
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"Morningside/ABA based curriculum and individualized approach targets not only academic success but also emotional, social, vocational and life skills that are the core skills of life-long success of each student." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $17,000 to $25,000
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AIM Without Limits 17000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $20,500 to $40,000
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Edelweiss Private Academy 20500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St./Lawrence Ave.
 
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"The Dunblaine School empowers students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. It offers programs for students from grade one to eight, with an average class size of 5-7 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $26,000 to $27,500
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The Dunblaine School 26000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Dundas St. W/Erin Mills Pkwy
 
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"We offer a specialized program and teaching; focusing on the core subjects of language and math, incorporating cognitive activities and therapies for students with learning difficulties to help them learn and succeed." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $20,000
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Vianney Academy 20000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Conroy Rd/Walkey Rd
 
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"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." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,000 to $18,000
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Astolot Educational Centre 16000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
South Wales, New York(USA)
 
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"The Gow School is a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • US $58,750 to US $80,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 150 students
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The Gow School 58750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Parkway/Turner Valley Road
 
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"A special needs education private school in Mississauga offering programs using the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR®) Model. Theme-based DIR® March/Summer Camps are also available." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,945 to $74,675
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Oakwood Academy 21945 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St/Davisville Ave
 
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"2E Learners, differentiated profiles AP, Reach Ahead classes, and enrichment Academic focus on inquiry and critical analysis Collaborative and feedback-rich environment Unique and robust clubs/extra curriculars" —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $32,000
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The Study Academy 32000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Cambridge, Ontario
Franklin Blvd/Myers Road
 
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"OAK BRIDGE ACADEMY is an alternative, not-for-profit school. Our highest priority is to provide financially accessible, highly specialized education to every child with learning exceptionalities." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 10 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $28,000 to $32,000
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Oak Bridge Academy 28000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario/Queensway
 
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"TEAM School offers programs from Grades 1 to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 8 to 12 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $22,788 to $26,585
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TEAM School 22788 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
North York, Ontario
Bathurst/Wilson
 
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"Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to students whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing personal best through a balanced approach to education." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $20,000 to $26,000
  • Day school
  • 30 students
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Magnificent Minds 20000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
St. Clair Ave West/Avenue Road
 
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"Founded on the science of neuroplasticity, Arrowsmith Program provides students with the skills necessary to overcome their learning disabilities and transform their academic, cognitive, emotional and social lives." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $6,000 to $33,000
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Arrowsmith School 6000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed
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"Academy is strengths-based and remediation-focused. Collegiate is for those learning at or above grade-level. Blended+ is personalized for Grades 9-12 that empowers them to learn in-person, hybrid, and off-campus." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,600 to $18,980
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Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate 14600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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"Heritage Academy provides a multisensory learning environment and supports students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety in Grades 1 -12." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,600 to $19,000
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Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 16600 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
37 Street NW/Bowness Rd NW
 
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"Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment." —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,900
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Foothills Academy 15900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

The degree to which special-needs students are integrated depends on the school’s philosophy. For example, at Montcrest School, in Toronto, Ontario, about 30 spots out of 300 are reserved for the Learning Disability Program, wherein students receive intensive instruction in general subjects and support in developing self-esteem, but participate along with regular students in physical education, drama and music classes. At the Robert Land Academy in Wellandport, Ontario, boys in Grades 6 to 12 learn in a highly structured motivational learning environment—an ideal format, as most have concentration and attitude difficulties and some have ADD, ADHD, or learning.
 

Special needs questions (read our in-depth answers)


There are many things to take into account to determine a good fit at an inclusive school.

“What should be happening is a matching process between the expertise and focus of the school and your child’s requirements,” says Sue Maxwell, admission director at Montcrest School.

Maxwell advises researching several different inclusive schools and being completely up-front with admission directors about your child’s special needs. Parents should also ask the following questions:

To compare specific schools one-to-one, visit our compare hub.

—Sharon Aschaiek

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