On Friday February the 9th the YMCA Academy embarked on its yearly walk to Nathan Phillips Square in order to partake in our annual skating trip. With skates and helmets secure, the students hit the ice. Skaters of all experience levels enjoyed gliding on the ice. We were lucky enough to have light snowfall, making for a true winter outdoors…
The YMCA Academy is a Ministry of Education–inspected, alternative high school in downtown Toronto. Inspired and supported by the YMCA of Greater Toronto, our personal differentiated approach, specialized programs, and individualized use of assistive technology is ideally suited to students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences. Our school offers a safe and supportive learning environment that includes: Individualized…Read more
The Academy admits young people in grades 9-12 who have learning style differences and/or who seek a smaller learning environment, individualized teacher attention, or an alternative learning experience. Admissions applications are accepted year-round. Since the admission procedure is competitive, parents are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible. Step One: Visit and Admissions Application Both student and…Read more
The YMCA Academy is ideal for students with exceptionalities including learning disabilities, mild diagnoses on the autism spectrum, attention issues, and anxiety — as well as non-identified students seeking an innovative and supportive learning environment. Our school equips students with the skills and experiences to develop independence and resilience. Support services include: Academic support On-site social/emotional support and counselling Special…Read more
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After completing three previous Insight Global Education topics and simulations, the time came for our final and most exciting one of them all. The United Nations (UN) simulation. This simulation models a United Nations (UN) meeting in which the members (students) reduce the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to seven goals. Students were divided into delegates from fifteen countries and…
The last week before the winter break brings a medley of activity, with some students scrambling to finish work, others painfully distracted by the very thought of the upcoming holiday. And while some students are more than eager for the extra rest and relaxation that comes with a two-week vacation from school, others might be apprehensive about not seeing their…