Among the many amazing things about a YMCA Academy graduation, the one that stands out for me is the sense of shared celebration. We are members of a close and inclusive community of learners, who support one another socially and academically. Many of our students come to the school with little hope of success based on their experience within the…
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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On Friday, our last day, we went surfing and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. The wetsuits were very hard to get on. Before we went in the water, we got instructions from the surfers. The water was cold and when you go underwater, you get salt in your eyes. Surfing was hard to do because it was hard to control…
On the Thursday we were in Haida Gwaii we were preparing for an overnight trip in a cabin on North Beach. To get there we had to drive which allowed us to get a beautiful view of the coastline. Before we made the long ride up to where we were staying we stopped to visit a farm owned by one…