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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.

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:

  • What is the school’s philosophy on integration/inclusion?
  • What areas does the curriculum cover, what teaching methodologies are used and what are the areas of expertise of the teachers?
  • What is the teacher-student ratio? How much one-on-one instruction and support will a student receive?
  • If a child excels, might he/she be fully integrated one day?
  • Does the school maintain contact with parents? Could you contact your child’s teacher for progress reports?
  • Is the school wheelchair accessible and can it accommodate a child’s medication needs?

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

—Sharon Aschaiek

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Chamberlain International School (est. 1976)  

  • Middleboro, Massachusetts
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (22 students)
  • Boarding school (98 students)
Co-ed therapeutic boarding school in Massachusetts for students 11-22 years. Student support is offered for learning disabilities, OCD, anxiety, ADHD, NLD, ASD, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder and depression. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $58,227 to US $146,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 58227

Oakwood Academy (est. 2007)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • Day school (50 students)
Oakwood Academy is a special education private school in Mississauga. It offers programs from pre-school to grade 12. Oakwood also offers a unique 6 week summer camp focusing on social skills and emotional development. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,500 to $50,000


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14500

TEAM School (est. 1981)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Team School offers programs from grades 1 to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 8 to 12 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$19,055 to $22,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 19055

Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (125 students)
Robert Land Academy is a private military-themed boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$52,650 to $55,000

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WillowWood School (est. 1980)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (250 students)
We are a new style of independent school for diverse learners where all students learn with dignity; where a warm and nurturing school serves as a foundation for remarkable lives; and where the whole person who matters. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$18,100 to $23,500

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18100

Wildwood Academy (est. 2002)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • 2 to 8 Coed
  • Day school (60 students)
Wildwood Academy is a special needs private school in Oakville. It offers programs from grades 2 to 8, with an average class size of four to ten students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$25,200


MiddleSchools Day Coed 25200

Shoore Academics (est. 1975)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (60 students)
Shoore Centre for Learning is a special-needs private school that offers programs from grades seven to 12 in Toronto. Its average class size is six students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$27,500 to $32,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 27500

Chisholm Academy   

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (150 students)
Chisholm Academy, a school in Oakville for students with learning difficulties, offers an average class size of 10 students with a starting tuition cost of $17,750. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$20,936 to $21,996


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 20936

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (est. 2001)  

  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Boarding school (20 students)
  • Day school (10 students)
We are a licensed therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home environments. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$23,600 to $71,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed 23600

Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence (est. 1989)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (120 students)
Heritage Academy is an Ottawa private school that is designed for students with DYSLEXIA, ADD/ADHD and similar learning exceptionalities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$14,600 to $16,000

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Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 14600

Academie Providence (est. 2002)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Providence Academy is the only Private French Catholic School offering a trilingual program of study in Ontario with classes from nursery to grade eight. Tuition: $8,800-10,300. Extracurricular activities: $600-$650. [View profile]
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
$9,000 to $10,500


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 9000

College Bourget   

  • Rigaud, Quebec
  • PS to 11 Coed
  • Day school (1450 students)
  • Boarding school (100 students)
Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school situated between Montreal & Ottawa, that exceeds Quebec curriculum guidelines & ensures our students grow through different spheres: arts, sports, community service & science. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$4,700 to $35,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 4700

Brighton School (est. 2003)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (65 students)
Brighton School is a special needs private school in Toronto, Ontario for students (grade 1 to 12) with learning challenges. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$24,225


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 24225

Alpine Academy (est. 2001)  

  • Erda, Utah
  • 7 to 12 Girls
  • Boarding school (70 students)
Alpine Academy isn't just a school, it is an experience that prepares young women for life beyond our campus. Students learn to engage in not only academics, but also family, community, and interpersonal relationships. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $120,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Girls 120000

Mediated Learning Academy (est. 2013)  

  • Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (95 students)
The Mediated Learning Academy is a special need school for students K-12 with certified teachers, supported by Speech-Language Pathologists; Occupational and Physiotherapists, and Counsellors [View profile]
  • Progressive
$11,000 to $13,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 11000

Centennial Academy (est. 1998)  

  • Montreal, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • Day school (200 students)
Centennial is the only high school in Quebec that helps students master their challenges of learning and graduate on time. Over 90% of our students graduate in five years and go on to college and university. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$18,950


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 18950

The YMCA Academy (est. 2003)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (80 students)
The YMCA Academy is an alternative high school serving youth with learning disabilities and learning style differences. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$24,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 24500

Landmark East School (est. 1979)  

  • Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • 3 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (45 students)
  • Boarding school (30 students)
Landmark East School offers exceptional programming for LD students from grade 3 to 12. The average class size is 5 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$27,900 to $64,900


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 27900

Third Academy (est. 1997)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (450 students)
Third Academy is Calgary's school for special needs and gifted education. The school teaches what students need, the way they need it and never loses sight of well-rounded learning. Click to learn more. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$10,000 to $15,000


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 10000

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON)   

  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (1 students)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
not provided


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 9999999999

Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate (est. 1981)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (535 students)
Our school has two programs: Academy, for students with learning difficulties who have yet to consistently perform at grade level, and Collegiate, for students at or above grade level and looking for new challenges. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$12,610 to $18,885


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 12610

Académie Vaudrin Academy (est. 2005)  

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • Day school (100 students)
Vaudrin Academy offers innovative and trilingual education based on neuroscience which is unique in the world. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
$5,568 to $11,832


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 5568

Oak Learners (est. 2016)  

  • Etobicoke, Ontario
  • JK to 6 Coed
  • Day school (18 students)
Oak Learners offers a creative learning atmosphere, working with your child’s unique learning style to inspire their strengths and interests. [View profile]
  • Reggio Emilia
$3,485 to $17,100

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Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 3485

Kohai Educational Centre (est. 1976)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 12 Coed
  • Day school (35 students)
Kohai LIFE offers programmes for those aged 18 years+ with special needs or learning challenges. Our participants develop life skills, gain work experience, continue learning and stay active, all while having fun! [View profile]
  • Traditional
$20,000 to $33,000


Day Coed 20000

The Dunblaine School (est. 1969)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • Day school (40 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$21,800


Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 21800

AVRO Academy (est. 2010)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • Day school
AVRO Academy is an alternative high school in Toronto for grades 9 to 12. Students earn credits while developing skills that best prepares them for post secondary education. We focus on student strength! [View profile]
  • Progressive
$15,175


HighSchools Day Coed 15175

Brighton Launch   

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Adult Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
Brighton Launch is program for young adults 18+ with challenges, who are preparing to, or have moved from school to post-school activities. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$18,500 to $27,500


Day Coed 18500

North Broward Preparatory School (est. 1957)  

  • Coconut Creek, Florida(USA)
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (1296 students)
  • Boarding school (325 students)
North Broward Preparatory School is a K-12 co-educational day and boarding school located in S. Florida located minutes from the beach with IB, AP, and LD classes set on 80 acres with year round hockey. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
US $24,200 to US $59,950


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 24200

Foothills Academy (est. 1979)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 3 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (289 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$15,300


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 15300

Philopateer Christian College (est. 1999)  

  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • Day school (350 students)
Philopateer Christian College offers programs from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 12 to 18 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$7,000 to $10,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 7000

Magnificent Minds (est. 2011)  

  • North York, Ontario
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • Day school
Magnificent Minds caters to learners whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing academic excellence, and individual greatness. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$8,400 to $25,000


Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed 8400

The Gow School (est. 1926)  

  • South Wales, New York
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (15 students)
  • Boarding school (135 students)
The Gow School is a special needs private school that offers programs for grades seven through 12 in South Wales, New York. [View profile]
  • Traditional
US $46,000 to US $64,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed 46000

Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé (est. 1956)  

  • Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • Boarding school (10 students)
  • Homestay school (5 students)
  • Day school (270 students)
SMRC is a coed day and boarding high school in French Canada with a warm & relaxed natural campus, modern rooms, enrichment & support, technology enhanced classrooms & labs, 8 cultural & sports programs, 20+ activities [View profile]
  • Traditional
$3,580 to $28,480


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Homestay Day Coed 3580

Ontario Virtual School (est. 2010)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • eSchool school (3000 students)
Ontario Virtual School an Ontario Government approved credit granting institution offers high school level courses for Grades 9-12 in an e-learning, interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$399 to $499 /course

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HighSchools eSchool Coed 399

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres (est. 1993)  

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
Focus Foundation is a world-class educational and therapeutic learning institution, described by Dr. Charles Huffine, former President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$2,700 to $4,500


HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 2700

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)  

  • Rindge, New Hampshire
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (25 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $60,000


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys 60000

Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) (est. 2000)  

  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school (1 students)
Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses. [View profile]
  • Traditional
not provided


MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed 9999999999

Astolot Educational Centre (est. 1997)  

  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Homestay school
  • Day school
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$13,800 to $15,800


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Coed 13800

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School (est. 1973)  

  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • Day school (210 students)
KGMS/Maplewood provides supportive individual and small group instruction for students with learning differences. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$23,950 to $24,950


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 23950

King's View Academy   

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (30 students)
  • Day school (30 students)
King's View Academy offers students the opportunity to study grades 7 through 12, including Advanced Placement courses, in a self-directed, self-paced, flexibly-scheduled and well-supported academic environment. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$10,500 to $19,125


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed 10500

Arrowsmith School (est. 1980)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • Day school (75 students)
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. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$2,200 to $24,500


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed 2200

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