We are the most innovative, alternative approach to educating preteens and adolescents with
learning disabilities in Toronto, Canada. Our school is located in the vicinity of 401 & Weston
Road – easily accessible by T.T.C., highway and the Go Train. Our total student population is
intentionally kept at a minimum, with fewer than thirty students at any given time. Our student-
teacher ratio is specifically kept exceptionally low; our program is very designed to allow
students the greatest increase in skill level over the shortest period of time.
We believe that an intensive approach with extremely low ratios over the period of a school year can
dramatically alter the outlook for a student – and we have seen this materialize time and time again.
Our approach is very alternative; we teach students about their own learning disability and
obstacles, and give them tools and strategies to cope with their particular learning style or
difference. We also believe in using a combination of relevant and creative teaching methods in
our applications of the Ontario Curriculum, which change according to the specific needs of each
student. Our methods are very individualized – we believe that what works for one student may not
necessarily work with another who may be diagnosed with the same disability or may even have
the same learning profile. We work around the differences by offering highly tailored programs and
by teaching individualized ‘problem attack’ and problem solving skills, as well as critical thinking.
Our course load includes all of the basic courses regularly expected in a school environment, like
Math and English, but it also includes: instructional strategies, learning strategies, attentional
skills, sensory desensitization, homework strategies, test-taking procedures, independent
learning, risk taking in academic environments, academic tolerance and stability, consistency,
deduction, problem solving, critical thinking, error methodology and social skills. These skills are
crucial if students with learning differences are to succeed in regular school settings.