The YMCA Academy has always leveraged computer technology in the service of student learning. Laptop-based assistive technologies are at the heart of the supports we provide to a wide range of learning styles. Thus, when we had an opportunity to partner with the Brookfield Institute in their “Digital Literacy + Coding” pilot project“, we jumped at the chance. The Academy…
The YMCA Academy is a Ministry of Education–inspected, alternative 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 Special…Read more
The Academy admits young people in grades 7-12 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 parent/guardian…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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As Head of School at The Academy, I get many opportunities to speak with the parents and guardians of prospective students. Each caregiver has a slightly different story to tell: of their child’s learning challenges, of the supports they might need, and of their previous experience in other schools. In every case, their stories speak of anticipation — their child…
On Friday, March 2nd, The Food and Nutrition Class had a potluck. We had this potluck so we could learn how to cook and bring in our meals to show to the class. The whole class was there and some of the other teachers outside of class like Dayna, Zoe, Luka, Andres, Zee and others came to try our food.…