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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. Read more


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  • Toronto, Ontario
    Lawrence/Don Mills
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $26,400

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Brighton School 26400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $23,000 to $25,000

At Chisholm Academy, every student has a comprehensive IEP which staff consider to be a living document that will change as the student grows and as staff begin to add and modify effective strategies.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Chisholm Academy 23000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Belleville, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $27,500 to $79,750

We are a therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 1-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home stay or boarding environments.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Progressive
Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 27500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Aurora, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • $2,500 to $12,850

First school of its kind in the world. We are unique in everything we do. It is time for thinking outside of the box and raising a new generation of leaders, innovaters, inventors and entrepreneurs.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Waldorf
Agora Prep 2500 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Langley, British Columbia
    Glover/Logan
  • 8 to 12 Coed
  • $4,900 to $19,500

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!

  • Homestay/Day
  • Progressive
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 4900 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Erin Mills Parkway/Turner Valley Road
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $20,685 to $70,585

A special 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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Oakwood Academy 20685 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Etobicoke, Ontario
    Kipling/Evans
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $15,000 to $65,000

New Haven is a leading private school and non-profit centre supporting individuals with ASD and their families year-round. Our focus centres on growing potential and changing the lives of those with ASD to SOAR.

  • Day
  • Progressive
New Haven Learning Centre 15000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge St./Lawrence Ave.
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • $24,600 to $25,100

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
The Dunblaine School 24600 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Barrie Area, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (ON) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Breadalbane St/St Luke Ln
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $25,500

The YMCA Academy is an alternative school for students in grades 7 to 12 with learning disabilities and learning style differences.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The YMCA Academy 25500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $17,950 to $20,000

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Edelweiss Private Academy 17950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $15,400 to $18,000

Heritage Academy provides a multisensory learning environment and supports students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety in Grades 1 -12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 15400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Don Mills/Eglinton
  • Adult Coed
  • $18,900 to $27,900

Brighton Launch reimagines post-secondary education for young adults with intellectual challenges. Using a comprehensive skills curriculum and individualized goals, we prepare students for lives of success.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Brighton Launch 18900 Day Coed
  • Montréal, Quebec
    Sherbrooke/Atwater
  • 7 to 11 Coed
  • $19,950

Centennial is the only high school in Quebec that helps students master their learning challenges and graduate on time. Over 90% of our students graduate in five years and go on to college and university.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Centennial Academy 19950 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $17,175 to $22,175

Through individualized education, mentorship, and counselling we tailor our environment to ensure all students feel comfortable and cared for, so they stay actively engaged on their educational journey.

  • Day
  • Progressive
AVRO Academy 17175 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Donald St/Frances St
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $9,400 to $10,900

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.

  • Day
  • Waldorf
  • Reggio Emilia
Academie Providence 9400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 8 Coed
  • $19,500

Some of the greatest inventors, authors, and entrepreneurs of our time had minds that differed from the average. These minds needs to fostered and nurtured not stifled. Our unique methodology allows learners to flourish.

  • Day
  • Progressive
The Learning Common 19500 MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Middleboro, Massachusetts(USA)
  • 6 to 12 Coed
  • US $100,000 to US $185,000

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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Chamberlain International School 100000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • $58,300 to $62,300

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.

  • Boarding
  • Traditional
Robert Land Academy 58300 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Hurontario/Queensway
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $20,950 to $24,438

Team School offers programs from grades 1 to 12 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 8 to 12 students.

  • Day
  • Traditional
TEAM School 20950 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Yonge Street/St. Clair Ave E
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • $24,000

Esprit Academy is a community and environment that cultivates independence and lifelong learning through individualized experiences that integrates and connects knowledge and skills.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Montessori
Esprit Academy 24000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • North York, Ontario
    Dufferin/Lawrence
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $20,000 to $26,000

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Magnificent Minds 20000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Bracebridge, Ontario
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $6,400 to $28,000

Dewey’s educational goals follow the philosophies of John Dewey, preparing students through “student-centred learning" and "learning by doing", while emphasizing the cultivation of the "three New Liberal Arts".

  • eSchool/Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Dewey Institute 6400 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Boarding Coed
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $26,900 to $27,900

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is a centre of excellence in developmentally informed instruction that empowers children with learning disabilities in a passionate, progressive and inspiring learning environment.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School 26900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

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.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Coed
  • Kanata, Ontario
    March Road/Sandhill Road
  • 1 to 8 Coed
  • $16,000

March Academy offers an alternative program for students in grades 1 through 8. Small classes with enriching academics as well as weekly lessons in music, the arts, nature, yoga, taekwondo, and daily physical education.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
March Academy 16000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Ottawa, Ontario
    Riverside Dr./Bank St
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $14,500 to $16,500

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Astolot Educational Centre 14500 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed
  • Oakville, Ontario
    Ford Drive/Royal Windsor Drive
  • 2 to 8 Coed
  • $29,000 to $30,000

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Wildwood Academy 29000 MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    St. Clair Ave West/Avenue Road
  • 1 to 12 Coed
  • $3,000 to $26,500

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.

  • Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
Arrowsmith School 3000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    37 Street NW/Bowness Rd NW
  • 3 to 12 Coed
  • $15,600

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.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Foothills Academy 15600 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $13,900 to $18,885

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 ready for greater independence.

  • Day
  • Traditional
Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate 13900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Mississauga, Ontario
    Glen Erin Dr./Dundas St. W
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $20,000

We offer a specialized program 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.

  • Day
  • Progressive
Vianney Academy 20000 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.
 

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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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