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Last Christmas was a watershed moment for 10-year-old Dean. After four years of trying, he learned to tell time. "I had been trying to teach him since he was six. It was an incredible moment when it finally clicked for him," says Dean's mother Tracey Van Herpe.


Many things that had frustrated Dean for years started to fall into place after he began attending Arrowsmith School, in Toronto, Ontario. Dean has dyslexia, and reading and writing had been a torturous process since he started school. "Homework took him hours. It was a really emotional time for us. He just wasn't learning in a traditional setting," Tracey says.

So the mother of three, from London, Ontario, took the dramatic step of moving to Toronto with Dean so he could attend Arrowsmith, which focuses on students with learning disabilities. "Arrowsmith's program isolated Dean's areas of weakness and focused on them intensively. They did testing constantly and they provided monthly reports," Tracey says. By the end of his first year, Dean had progressed so much he earned the school's Principal Award. "I almost cried. He has just excelled. He is a completely different child."

—Maureen Murray
 
 

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Read our advice guide on choosing a school for a child with special needs (such as ADHD and autism) and for kids with other traits. To get school-choice advice customized to your child's unique traits, create a child profile through your user account.

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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres


Langley, 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
  • $9,090 to $21,250
 
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 9090 HighSchools Day Day Coed

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, and a little bit of kindness 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
  • $28,660 to $30,665
  • Day school
  • 120 students
 
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Chisholm Academy 28660 MiddleSchools HighSchools 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
  • $33,500 to $99,500 /program
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Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 33500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding 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. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $28,750
  • Day school
  • 65 students
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Brighton School 28750 Kindergarten 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 eSchool Day Coed
Wellandport, Ontario
 
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"Robert Land Academy, established in 1978, is a private military-inspired boarding school (Grades 5-12) that helps boys build self-confidence, achieve academic success, develop values, and realize their potential." —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
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
  • $26,500
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The YMCA Academy 26500 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
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
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
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
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
Calgary, Alberta
Highway 1/Stony Trail East
 
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"Third Academy is a school with a heart. We are inclusive, supporting students with a variety of disabilities and disorders. Our sliding scale bursary program makes our services accessible to all families." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $2,625 to $17,500
  • Day school
  • 250 students
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Third Academy 2625 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools 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
Toronto, Ontario
Queen Street East/Victoria Park
 
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"We specialize in teaching Structured Literacy and an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that provides expert tuition in Writing and Reading and establishes strong foundations in key subject areas of Math, Science and the Arts." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $16,000 to $26,000
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The Claremont School 16000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools 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
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
Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Parkway/Turner Valley Road
 
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"Oakwood is a distinguished private school in Mississauga specializing in special needs education, featuring programs rooted in the innovative Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR®)." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $23,355 to $78,720
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Oakwood Academy 23355 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario/Queensway
 
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"TEAM School offers programs from Grades 1 to 8 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 5 to 9 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $25,920 to $29,000
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TEAM School 25920 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
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"Our mission is to provide students with the support they deserve to enable them to reach their full academic potential. This solid foundation equips students to confidently pursue their desired post-secondary paths." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,200 to $19,600
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Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 17200 Elementary 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 and neurodiversities." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $31,000 to $45,500
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Oak Bridge Academy 31000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools 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
  • $21,950 to $42,800
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Edelweiss Private Academy 21950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
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
  • $25,000
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Elevate Learning Centre 25000 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)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $6,000 to $33,000
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Arrowsmith School 6000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"We offer a specialized, student-paced program for children with diverse learning needs, so that they can thrive! With ample academic support and an inclusive school culture, you can Become Your Best!" —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $18,800
  • Day school
  • 40 students
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Banbury Crossroads Academy 18800 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools 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
  • $23,115
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Centennial Academy 23115 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
  • $24,000 to $28,000
  • Day school
  • 40 students
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Magnificent Minds 24000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools 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
Mississauga, Ontario
Dundas St. W/Erin Mills Pkwy
 
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"We will do whatever it takes to ensure every student has success. With our flexible support and guidance, our students overcome their challenges. They develop the confidence to make mistakes – and learn from them." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $20,000 to $40,000
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Vianney Academy 20000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

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