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Oakwood Academy

Grades JK TO Gr. 12 — Mississauga, ON (MAP)

Oakwood Academy:

Pages in this report:

  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 12
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    2 — 7 students
  • Tuition
    $23,355 to 78,720/year
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    45 day students
  • Curriculum
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School address

  • 2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 2M6 (MAP)

Our Perspective

How we see Oakwood Academy

Not all students are created equally, and Oakwood was created, more than anything else, with that idea firmly in mind. It was founded by Trillian Taylor and Michele Power, who remain directors at the school today. The school is intentionally small, allowing for a very individual attention to the unique needs of each student, including an overt attention to social and emotional development. Families who enroll here do so knowing that their learners are capable of a lot, while in the awareness that they would benefit from a different approach than is found elsewhere. Students entering Oakwood join a community of true peers, something which in itself can be transformative to their learning experience and academic success.

School's Perspective

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How Oakwood Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Discover excellence at Oakwood Academy, the only certified institution in Canada using the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR®) Model. Located in Mississauga, our distinguished educational approach empowers students from preschool to Grade 12 to cultivate critical thinking skills over memorization, fostering a deep appreciation for learning. With social relationships at the core of our curriculum, we tailor education to each student, ensuring academic and social excellence."

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Oakwood Academy is one of the only schools in Canada a that specializes in DIR therapy and learning. Oakwood combines a variety of different therapies to ensure that each students needs are well tended to and prioritized. Some of these therapies include: Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Music Therapy, Physiotherapy, and more. Our teachers combine therapy with education to best approach the needs of Oakwood students."

School Facilities

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Athletics facilities

Arts facilities


Instructional resources

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Oakwood Academy

Video reviews of Oakwood Academy

Parent, Carla Hay (2021)

Watch our parent interview with Carla Hay to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Oakwood Academy.

School leadership

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

Message from school leadership

Michele Power, Director


Dear Parents,

Thank you for considering Oakwood Academy for your child.  Deciding on a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make for their future.  This is perhaps even more the case if your child needs an individualized education. 

As experienced educators in the field of special education, we saw first hand how many students were being taught skills that didn’t address their core developmental capacities. We were inspired to create a school that embraces each students’ individual learning profile and implements an educational program to target their route developmental challenges. We know that every child is capable of engaging with others, expressing their emotions and ideas and developing meaningful ways to communicate and interact with their world.  The decision to base our curriculum around the The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®) Model was made because we know this is the most effective way to help children become thinkers and problem solvers.  We know that success beyond primary school years requires students to think critically, work collaboratively and communicate effectively, which is why we are careful to challenge students with meaningful learning opportunities rather than predetermined curriculum material.    

We understand that finding the right school to foster your child’s social and emotional growth in addition to their academic growth, is critical.  You can feel confident that your child’s unique learning needs will be respected at Oakwood.

Working with families is an essential part of our school model and we welcome the opportunity to meet you and your child and discuss how Oakwood Academy can be part of your child’s educational journey.

Trillian Taylor & Michele Power

Co-Founders, Directors 

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