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Alberta special needs schools

Find special needs schools in Alberta listed below.

With a high quality of education and private schools that top school rankings, Alberta is a great province to send your child to a special needs school. Residents in cities such as Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, and Banff may enjoy a lower cost of living without provincial or harmonized sales taxes. As a result, for many parents with special needs children, private or independent schools may be a more affordable option offering invaluable resources that foster children's academic, social and personal success. Read more


List of dedicated Alberta special needs schools


These are dedicated special needs schools in Alberta, where 100% of the students have special needs. They provide full-time special needs support for all students in the school, through accommodations, modifications, and remediations.

 
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  • Calgary, Alberta
  • 4 to 12 Coed
  • $9,850 to $18,450

Rundle Academy (in-person) and Rundle Studio (online) offer personalized programs designed for students with a diagnosed learning disability or ADHD. We focus on academics, character, and co-curricular opportunities.

  • Day/eSchool
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical
Rundle Academy & Rundle Studio 9850 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
  • Calgary, Alberta
    37 Street NW/Bowness Rd NW
  • 3 to 12 Coed
  • $15,600

Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Physical
Foothills Academy 15600 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
  • Red Deer Area, Alberta
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $1 /program

Venture Academy is a therapeutic treatment and education program for students who may be struggling with ADHD, learning challenges, underachieving, behavioural issues, and a variety of clinical diagnoses.

  • Homestay
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
Venture Academy Troubled Teens Program (AB) 1 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay 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) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts 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)
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $14,600 to $18,980

We have three programs: Academy, a strengths-based, remediation-focused program. Collegiate, for those at or above grade-level. Blended+, the best of online, in-person, & off-campus learning for independent learners.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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

List of Alberta schools with special needs support


These Alberta schools offer special needs support to a segment of students through a wide range of placements. Environments offered may include dedicated, integrated, and withdrawal special needs classes, as well as regular classes with resource support and in-class adaptations.

 
 
  • Calgary, Alberta
    17th Ave SW/Richmond Road SW
  • K to 11 Boys
  • $13,000 to $15,000

North Point School for Boys is a Kindergarten to Grade 11 independent school in which curious and energetic boys are challenged and motivated, developing into young men of integrity with a genuine love of learning.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Learning disabilities
North Point School For Boys 13000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • NS to JK Coed
  • $10,800 to $20,100

The CEFA enriched curriculum includes STEM, Reading, Writing and Fine Arts such as Drama, Music and Yoga. This lays the foundation for future academic success in kindergarten and beyond.

  • Day
 
CEFA Early Learning - Alberta 10800 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    17 Avenue SW/69 Street SW
  • K to 12 Coed
  • $14,250 to $20,830

Rundle students enter into their post-secondary schools of choice thanks to our enriched academics and character, leadership, and wellness pillars. We proudly stand by our values, Together: Be Kind, Be Curious, Be Well.

  • Day
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical
Rundle College 14250 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Deafness
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $9,000 to $10,000

At Banbury, we teach and mentor each child individually. Students are happy and engaged in learning. We believe in small class sizes with multi-aged groups. 98% of our grads continue with post-secondary education.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Behavioral and Emotional
Banbury Crossroads School 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed Clinical anxiety
  • Edmonton, Alberta
    Groat Road/107 Avenue
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $9,300 to $10,350

Progressive Academy's programs inspire students from preschool to grade 12 in Edmonton, Alberta. Wonderful faculty, wide range of experiential opportunities and high expectations ignite a desire to learn.

  • Day
  • Progressive
 
Progressive Academy 9300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $7,490 to $14,310

As western Canada's leader in French immersion education, Calgary French & International School students are active leaders and global citizens, graduating with a foundation for life long success.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • International Baccalaureate
 
Calgary French & International School 7490 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe)
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Bowness Rd NW/Bow Crescent NW
  • PS to 6 Coed
  • $8,750 to $15,500

River Valley is an inclusive school that harnesses the innate curiosity in children to ensure that every student will flourish academically and socially.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Physical
River Valley School 8750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed 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 Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Blindness Blindness Deafness Deafness
  • Calgary, Alberta
    162 Ave SW/24 St SW
  • JK to 9 Coed
  • $2,995 to $7,085

Glenmore Christian Academy (GCA) is a private school in Calgary with specialist educators in academics, arts, and athletics. Our mission is to Teach Truth, Inspire Excellence, Experience Christ and Serve through Love.

  • Day
  • Traditional
 
Glenmore Christian Academy 2995 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    16th Ave/Range Rd 33
  • K to 8 Coed
  • $10,950 to $14,950

Our school prioritizes wellness, empathetic leadership and social innovation. Our students spend a significant portion of each day outdoors and in nature learning through projects and hands-on experiences.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
Calgary Changemaker School 10950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Deafness Deafness Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Clinical Depression Clinical Depression
  • Calgary, Alberta
    12 Ave SW/8 St SW
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,400 to $24,415

Established in 1991, Alberta Ballet School is recognized as one of Canada’s leading professional dance schools. with an annual enrollment of approximately 100 local, national and international students.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
  • Learning disabilities
Alberta Ballet School 16400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Language Processing Disorder Dyscalculia Dysgraphia
  • Calgary, Alberta
    Crowchild Trail/Flanders Ave. SW
  • JK to 12 Coed
  • $7,900 to $16,000

A Catholic school that goes beyond academics to help our students realize and use their talents to their fullest potential, in order to become all that God has created them to be. Open to families of all faiths.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
  • Montessori
 
Clear Water Academy 7900 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe)

How special needs schools foster academic success

Because of small class sizes, teachers can provide individualized attention for each student to ensure that he or she does not fall behind. In addition, staff at special needs schools are trained to deal with a wide range of issues, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (attention deficit disorder), Asperger's syndrome (AS), and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While public schools may also have professionally-trained teachers, they may not be able to provide sufficient attention and support for special needs children, since they typically have larger class sizes.

To learn more about special needs school benefits, in Alberta and elsewhere, read our guide.

How special needs programs nurture social skills

Extracurricular activities

Extracurricular programs, such as soccer or chess clubs, allow students with similar interests to learn how to work in a team, get along with others and build friendships.

Supportive learning environment

At many Alberta special needs schools, small class sizes allow education to become a participatory and collaborative process in which all students learn from each other and encourage one another to succeed.

Community atmosphere

Many private or independent special needs schools in Alberta have small enrolment numbers. These schools are small communities where everybody knows each other, rather than large intimidating institutions.

How special needs programs encourage personal success

The combination of academic and social development breeds personal success. Education is not only about getting good grades. It's about being well-rounded and preparing students for life outside the classroom. Indeed, private and independent schools mold individuals with character, emotional intelligence, and the essential life skills needed for future success.

Tips and resources to pay for private school in Alberta

If you are concerned about private school costs, browse our database of scholarships and bursaries and learn the essential tips to help pay for tuition. Investigate the scholarships, bursaries and resources available in the community. For instance, the Prosser Charitable Foundation's Parent's Choice Bursary covers up to $3,500 of tuition annually per student for private schools not funded by any regional school board in the Calgary area.

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