Our focus is on students who are struggling with the core subjects of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and math. Our unique classroom style allows students to work independently while getting support from their teachers. Each student is given a personalized curriculum that is monitored and adjusted as the student progresses. We incorporate outdoor play and exercise to enhance the child's mental well being which contributes to their success in the classroom. We offer cognitive therapy at no additional cost.
Monthly field trips
Daily outdoor activities
Intimate school environment
Daily attention and prompting
1:1 daily conversation with each student
Relational counselling to foster strong peer relationships, and to develop compassion for others
At Vianney every teacher is a mentor and genuinely cares about your child
What learning looks like now: If government closes us..... We want to assure you that we will keep your children safe. We will operate as per Ontario guidelines. We will continue to have hand sanitizing stations at both entrances to Vianney. Everyone who enters must sanitize their hands. We will continue to be extra diligent in handwashing, sanitizing, cleaning our desks, washrooms and other surfaces that the students may encounter. We will NOT be expecting our students to be vaccinated in order to attend.
Gr. 4 - Gr. 12
What Vianney Academy says: We will adhere to the Ontario Minister of Education's guidelines for in-person learning during COVID-19. Our maximum student body will be 25 students. Students will have the option of in-person or online learning or a combination of the two. For in-person learning masks will be worn by staff and students. Student desks will be place 6' apart.
Vianney is a very close school community that works together to foster learning for every child. Students at Vianney learn at their own pace and are gently encouraged to persevere and to believe in themselves and keep trying. With strong leadership, direction and support, along with cognitive activities our students overcome many of their learning challenges leading to academic success. Past graduates have gone into applied and academic high school streams. All have then attended colleges or universities.
Insider Reviews and Perspectives
Our Take: Vianney Academy
“Vianney Academy was a life saver for our family,” says one parent, and that sentiment is common among the parent community. The program is small, student-centered, and eminently supportive, addressing the unique needs of students who have struggled in other, less focused learning environments. The main thrust of the program is on core literacies, gaining a sense of mastery with literacy and numeracy while also building the students’ confidence as learners. The administration is prone to engage with the parent community, and many feel that they are being listened to, and truly understood, for the first time. A rich co-curricular program, including frequent field trips, helps keep things fun, and connection high. Simply, it’s one of those excellent programs that was founded in order to change lives, and help families, and it’s proven its ability to do precisely that.
Vianney Academy of Learning - Our Kids Insider Perspective- Parents02 2021.mp4
In this Perspective:
Dana has two children in grade 2 and 4 who attend Vianney Academy of Learning. She is constantly impressed and grateful for the school’s ability to provide a unique learning experience for her children and help them adapt to any environment. She praises Karen for her love and commitment and trusts her wholeheartedly.
00:56 - Dana’s process for choosing Vianney Academy of Learning.
01:33 - How Dana’s children responded to being at Vianney Academy of Learning.
03:02 - What her children like most about the school.
03:54 - What Dana appreciates the most about Vianney Academy of Learning.
05:10 - Room for improvement.
05:54 - Anything that surprised her about the school.
08:28 - The school’s highest values.
09:13 - The typical family at Vianney Academy of Learning.
10:06 - Proud moments at Vianney Academy of Learning.
11:27 - The teachers and administration at the school.
11:46 - Three reasons Dana recommends the school to new families.
12:39 - Advice for new families searching for a school.
Vianney Academy - QA Roundtable 2021
In this Perspective:
00:52, 16:20 - How is your child’s experience at Vianney Academy?
03:42 - What makes Vianney so unique?
05:17, 24:53 - If the school were represented as a single person, what would its personality be in only three words or more?
06:35 - If there was something you could change about the school, what would it be?
07:54 - What did you find surprising at Vianney?
09:13 - Would you have any advice for parents just entering the school or even the students?
10:46, 23:51 - What would your child say about the school?
18:16 - Why did you choose Vianney in the first place?
19:43 - What were you expecting when you came into Vianney?
21:23 - What is the biggest impact the school has had on your child?
28:38 - What are the values of the community outside of the school, the other kids, the other families?
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at Vianney Academy: Progressive
Vianney Academy has a Progressive approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Progressive - 17%   Traditional - 15%   Liberal arts - 17%   Montessori - 17%   Reggio Emilia - 17%   Waldorf - 17%
What Vianney Academy says: All students spend the morning working on what we call their “Daily”. An IEP (individual education plan) is created for them based on their assessed learning level and personal needs, and then continually monitored to ensure it continues to encourage and challenge them as they advance.
Some of the skills our students learn in our unique classroom style are:
assessing their own personal success
knowing when to ask for help
Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional math - 30%   Discovery math - 5%   Equal balance - 65%
What Vianney Academy says: This information is not currently available.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.
Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.
The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at Vianney Academy: Student-paced
Vianney Academy has a Student-paced approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Accelerated approach).
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The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
What Vianney Academy says: An IEP (individual education plan) is created for each student based on their assessed learning level and personal needs, and then continually monitored to ensure it continues to encourage and challenge them as they advance.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What Vianney Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at Vianney Academy: Supportive
Vianney Academy has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 50%   Rigorous - 50%
What Vianney Academy says: At Vianney we respect that not all children develop and mature at the same rate. We gently encourage and support their growth in all areas of their lives.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
What Vianney Academy says: We aim to develop critical and creative thinkers who are proficient problem solvers. We expect that our students will utilize their knowledge and talents to always elevate those around them.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
Vianney Academy is a Special needs school
Full-time programming is offered for all students which is exclusively focused on one or more special needs.
What Vianney Academy says about their special need support: Children with clinically diagnosed learning disabilities are all welcome to participate in our program.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: We have a speech pathologist that supports our students on a weekly basis, although there is an extra cost for this service. If the child has occupational therapy or other therapies to assist their learning we are happy to incorporate them into their school day.
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 12, Vianney Academy students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.
What Vianney Academy says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
Vianney Academy does not offer any competitive or recreational sports.
Vianney Academydoes not offer any clubs or extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
What Vianney Academy says about their tuition: Tuition fees for Grades 4 - 8 is $15,000 and includes academic program, field trips, yearbook, and supplies. The additional fee for educational therapies is $3,000.
Tuition fees for Grades 9-12 is $15,000. This fee covers all ILC courses, field trips, yearbook and supplies. All courses from other providers will be the parent's responsibility. Cost of therapies is not included.
Need-based financial aid
Vianney Academy does not offer need-based financial aid.
Merit based Scholarships
Vianney Academy does not offer merit-based financial awards.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Gr. 4 to Gr. 12
Average class size
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
1. Request an interview. At the interview Vianney's principal will have the opportunity to meet you and your child. Please bring any assessments, observations and recent report cards. Vianney Academy will consider any student for enrolment.
2. Once enrolment has been offered you will be emailed an enrolment package with further instructions and forms to fill out and return to secure your child's place at Vianney. The application and registration fees must be received along with your completed forms.
3. Your deposit of $2,000 must be received by August 9th. The remaining monthly payments (September - June) must be received by the 1st of each month (or the next normal business day if the 1st falls on a weekend). Payments can be made by credit card, cheque or e-transfer. All items received NSF are subject to a $50 NSF fee.
Acceptance Rate: N/A
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Type of student Vianney Academy is looking for:
This information is not currently available.
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
Thank you for considering Vianney Academy for your child's education! Is your child struggling in school? Do they have a learning disability? Are you both frustrated, not knowing where to turn for help? We can help! Vianney Academy is a warm and welcoming small school with programs designed to help your child learn the core subjects of reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and mathematics. We offer cognitive therapies and activities that will help speed up your child's processing speed. If you answered yes to my questions I hope you will reach out to me. Vianney can give you hope and guide your child to success. Let's chat and see if our program is right for you and your child I look forward to hearing from you.