What is a special needs school?

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Quick summary

  • Special needs schools and programs are for kids who have challenges or disabilities that interfere with learning. They provide support that’s not normally provided in general education programs.
  • These schools and programs tailor learning to address each child’s unique combination of needs. Adaptations are made to allow kids to meet age-appropriate educational goals.
  • They offer a wide range of approaches and services. This may include smaller classes, individualized learning, one-on-one support, self-contained classrooms, resource rooms, and learning aids.
  • In Canada, the US, and Britain, students with special needs are entitled to an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP spells out a child’s learning needs, services the school will provide, and how progress will be measured.


Special needs

A special need is a challenge that interferes with one’s learning. It requires support that goes beyond the norm.

There are different types of special needs and challenges. For instance, there are learning, developmental, behavioural, and physical challenges. Moreover, these challenges can differ in their severity, or in how much they impair learning.

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Special education

Special education is for students who have challenges or disabilities that can interfere with their learning.

Normally, students who meet this criterion have needs that can’t be met in a regular classroom. Learning environments, teaching approaches, and curricula may need to be adapted to support them. This tailored approach isn’t normally offered in general education.

Not every student is entitled to a special education, though. To qualify, your child must have an identifiable disability. And this disability must interfere with their school performance.

In Canada (as well as the US and Britain), students with a disability can receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP spells out a child’s learning needs, services the school will provide, and how progress will be measured. The IEP is a legally binding document: a school must provide everything it promises in the IEP.

Canada has an inclusive approach to special education. Every child with a special need has a right to free public education. Most of the funding for this is allocated at the provincial or local level.

However, not all public schools in Canada have special education programs. Private schools in Canada also vary in their special needs programs and support. Like public schools, though, many provide well-designed programs for kids with different kinds of special needs.

Below, we break down the types of special needs support provided by private schools profiled on OurKids.net.

 

Special needs schools and programs

Special needs schools are different from regular schools in that they cater to students with education challenges. They are designed, staffed, and have the resources to provide the right support for children with unique needs.

These schools aim to level the playing field. They offer students targeted support to allow them to meet age-appropriate educational goals.

They don’t have a “one-size-fits-all” approach to education. Instead, they offer customized programming to meet each student’s unique combination of needs. This includes not just learning, but also social and emotional needs.

Special needs schools and programs offer a wide range of approaches and services to meet this goal. For instance, they may offer

“Special education programs may be a delivered through a range of placements. Students may benefit from assessment and instruction that is personalized, precise, explicit, and intensive, as required. Special education programs and/or services should be made available by the school board to help students … access the Ontario curriculum expectations.” (Ontario Ministry of Education)

 

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Support for special needs students

Many schools offer support for students with one or more special needs. This support can take a number of different forms.

First, it can be offered in different environments. For instance, it can be offered in a school exclusively devoted to special needs students. It can also be offered in a school with a dedicated or integrated special needs class, a part-time withdrawal class, or a regular class with direct or indirect special needs support.

Second, there are different forms of support schools offer special needs students. Some offer what are called accommodations. Accommodations, according to Cindy Pérras of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO), help students access grade-level expectations and achieve learning outcomes. Examples include longer test or assignment times, alternative work spaces, note-taking assistance, audio and visual aids, and frequent breaks.

If accommodations don’t work, students may be offered modifications. Modifications, unlike accommodations, involve altering grade-level expectations. Examples of modifications include skipping subjects and shortening or simplifying assignments. A modification can also involve changing (or lowering) the standard for what constitutes an acceptable assignment or test.

“Special education programs and services primarily consist of instruction and assessments that are different from those provided to the general student population. These may take the form of accommodations (such as specific teaching strategies, preferential seating, and assistive technology) and/or an educational program that is modified from the age-appropriate grade-level expectations in a particular course or subject, as outlined in the Ministry of Education’s curriculum policy documents.” (Ontario Ministry of Education)

Some schools offer what are called remediations. According to Ann Wolff, an educational consultant at Wolff Education Services, “Remediation is not an Ontario Ministry of Education term, but it is often what is needed in order for a student to ‘catch up.’ It often involves one-on-one teaching on a specific topic. For example, it might be a certain strand in math or a particular strategy in reading. Remediation implies that the student is not able to demonstrate the expected knowledge.”

Remediations can also sometimes involve therapeutic measures or intensive interventions or treatments. They’re meant to eliminate, reduce, or ameliorate different kinds of challenges.

Answers to the question “What is a special needs school?” from educational experts and school officials

Disability schools
Jack Kamrad, Chief Psychologist, Peel district school board
“Historically, so-called ‘special needs schools’ referred to provincial institutions, mostly residential (schools where students typically live on campus), that dealt mostly with deaf, blind, or developmentally disabled populations. As these schools gradually closed (some still remain), and responsibility for these populations transferred to the local school district, boards created their own systems to support these students.

In our board, for example, ‘special needs’ still refers to hearing impairments, vision impairments, physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities (of a moderate to severe range), and autism. Other students with ‘special education needs’ include learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, and language impairments.” 


Exceptionality schools
Ruth Rumack, director of Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space, a personalized educational support program, in Toronto, Ontario
“The term special needs is a broad term to define. According to the Ontario Education Act, an exceptional pupil is defined as, ‘a pupil whose behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical, or multiple exceptionalities are such that a committee considers the pupil to need placement in a special education program’ (Bennett, Dworet & Weber, 2008, p. 221).

An important aspect of special needs programs is to tailor educational support to suit a child’s individual needs. Key factors that affect and contribute to this include an ideal learning environment and physical space, teaching staff and qualifications, academic and emotional support, and extracurricular programs.”


Meeting needs
Ann Wolff, educational consultant at Wolff Education Services, in Toronto, Ontario
“‘Special needs is a general terms used to describe a myriad of more specific diagnoses. Ontario schools use the Ministry of Education definitions to identify special needs students. Special needs programs aim to meet the needs of individual students. There is no one method, though, that is most effective."


Specialized learning environment
Simon Williams, co-executive director of Foothills Academy, a learning disabilities school in Calgary, Alberta
“A special needs school is designed to meet the specialized needs of certain student populations. Not every child can learn effectively and to their potential in a mainstream classroom, and although many individuals with special educational needs are average to above-average intelligence, they may need a different and more specialized learning environment in order to be successful at school. The main objectives of a special needs school are to ensure that children are safe and cared for, that their social and emotional needs are met and supported, and that they have the required supports necessary for them to reach their true academic potential.

The nature of special needs schools vary greatly, depending upon the special educational needs that the school is serving. Such schools are different from regular schools because of the intense individualized instruction provided to meet each student’s needs. This can be achieved by the small class sizes providing low student-teacher ratios, and the specialized and specific training all teaching and educational staff receive with regards to evidence-based programs and strategies to support students with special needs.”


Tailored programming
Charleen Pryke, principal of The Dublaine School, a special needs school in Toronto, Ontario, specializing in learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome
“Ideally, every school would be a ‘special needs’ school, recognizing that all students have unique sets of abilities, strengths, and needs. Regrettably, this is impractical, and mainstream schools work to serve the needs of as many students as possible by providing instruction suited to broad commonalities in learners. For many students who might otherwise have been successful, however, this approach is insufficient: incompatibilities in learning styles, abilities, and even interests can lead to limited engagement, frustration, and missed opportunities to thrive.  Special needs schools are structured to be more accommodating at the individual level, with the ability to offer tailored programming and support systems, as well as the flexibility to focus on social and emotional growth, in addition to academics.” 


Student-centered
Ian Peterson, business development director of Heritage School, a special needs school in Provo, Utah
“A special needs school is intended to meet the academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of the students, and in so doing, prepare them for a productive transition into adulthood. This is accomplished through a student-centered approach. This includes a pedagogical approach to teaching, using multidisciplinary teams to meet the student’s individual needs, ensuring listed accommodations (as stated in their IEP) are met.

All academic staff are appropriately trained, and teachers who provide instruction in a special needs school are credentialed in special education. Teachers provide specialized academic instruction. Special accommodations are in place in the classroom to improve and support learning, and lessons are differentiated to meet individual needs. Oftentimes other professionals, such as speech and language therapists or occupational therapists, are utilized to support student special needs.”


Individualized programming
Jeff Clayton, communications director at WillowWood School, a school with strong special needs support, in Toronto, Ontario
“A special needs school—in our opinion—does what all schools could be doing: individualizing programming to meet the students where they are, and help them engage successfully with the curriculum. It should approach teaching strategically to meet diverse needs—and educate each student well.”


Comprehensive treatment
Terry Stevenson, director of Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning, a special needs school in Belleville, Ontario 
“The main objective of a special needs school is creation of a comprehensive prioritized emotional, social, behavioral, and educational treatment plan to advance learning and the overall quality of a student’s life. These schools have a higher level of individualization of treatment planning incorporating the whole person . In addition the entire educational day is created in collaboration with parents, educators, and clinical professionals.”


Unique learning styles
Kelley Caston, principal of Wildwood Academy, a special needs school in Oakville, Ontario 
“No two students are alike; they each present unique personality traits and life experiences, as well as individual learning styles. The goal of a special needs school is to foster a motivation to learn by teaching students so that the information makes sense to them. In doing so, the school is providing an environment where students’ confidence can flourish. It provides students with an environment and resources to succeed both academically and socially.” 


Inclusive environment
Jenna Rowney-Giroux, vice principal of Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence, a special needs school in Ottawa, Ontario, specializing in dyslexia and ADHD
A special needs school is one that provides an inclusive learning environment for students with a wide variety of learning exceptionalities. It attempts to ensure that each child, despite their learning exceptionality, be provided with the opportunities to succeed academically.


Special skills and abilities
Virginia Trott, teacher at Kohai Educational Centre, a special needs school in Toronto, Ontario, supporting a wide range of special needs, including autism, Down syndrome, troubled behaviour, and dyspraxia

“Children with special needs have challenges throughout their lives. Special needs schools need to develop individual programming to help them learn and grow throughout the different stages of development and life. They should teach to the child, and consider his or her special skills and abilities.” 
 

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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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
 
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Chisholm Academy 26910 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Clinical Depression Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety

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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
 
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 8900 HighSchools Day Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Asperger's Syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Drug and alcohol abuse Suicidal thoughts Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Intellectual disability Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Williams syndrome

"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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 30750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Boarding Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Suicidal thoughts Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Williams syndrome Williams syndrome Williams syndrome Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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Brighton School 27750 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Down syndrome Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Down syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Autism Williams syndrome Williams syndrome Williams syndrome
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical
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Rundle Academy & Rundle Studio 12100 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Deafness Deafness Dyscalculia Dyscalculia
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Robert Land Academy 64000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Astolot Educational Centre 16000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Deafness Asperger's Syndrome Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Edelweiss Private Academy 20500 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Muscular dystrophy Muscular dystrophy
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
  • Learning disabilities
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The Learning Common 21000 MiddleSchools Day Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) ADHD (moderate to severe) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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The YMCA Academy 27825 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Blindness Deafness Cystic Fibrosis Multiple physical Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Suicidal thoughts
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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TEAM School 22788 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
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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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 16600 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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The Dunblaine School 26000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Autism Autism Autism
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Elevate Learning Centre 24000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Multiple sclerosis Multiple sclerosis Cerebral palsy Cerebral palsy Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Multiple physical Multiple physical Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Spina Bifida Spina Bifida Muscular dystrophy Muscular dystrophy
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
  • Learning disabilities
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The Gow School 58750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder
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
  • Learning disabilities
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The Study Academy 32000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed Dyscalculia
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Oakwood Academy 21945 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Cerebral palsy Cerebral palsy Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Centennial Academy 21270 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Asperger's Syndrome Clinical anxiety
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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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate 14600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Clinical anxiety Clinical Depression
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Oak Bridge Academy 28000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Physical
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Foothills Academy 15900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Asperger's Syndrome
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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Arrowsmith School 6000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Asperger's Syndrome
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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AIM Without Limits 17000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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AVRO Academy 18875 HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Magnificent Minds 20000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Multiple physical Multiple physical Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
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
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Vianney Academy 20000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

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