The Academy admits young people in grades 6-12 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 should visit the Academy during school hours (9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.). Please call 416-928-0124 Ext.0 for an appointment. Families wishing to apply for admission may download, complete, and submit the Admissions Application Package, which includes:

  • Application forms
  • Application fee ($250 payable to the YMCA of Greater Toronto)
  • Recent photograph (for files)
  • Copy of all psychological/educational assessments
  • Most recent report plus final June report cards from past two years
  • School transcripts

Click here to download the Admissions Application Package. (Paper copies are also available at the school.)

Step Two: Interview

Upon receipt of a completed application, the applicant will be contacted for an interview. Applicants are interviewed throughout the year for start dates in:

  • September (1st semester)
  • February (2nd semester)

Prospective students and their parents/guardians will meet with our admissions department. Interviews are informal. The purpose of the interview is to get to know the individual and his/her aspirations, passions, values, goals, and learning needs to be sure that The Academy is the right educational fit. Interview questions can include:

  • What are your strengths?
  • What do you find challenging or frustrating?
  • What do you need to be successful?
  • What are your primary learning needs?

During the interview process, dates for acceptance will be established.

Step Three: Academy Program Visit and Assessment

The prospective student will complete a literacy and math assessment administered at The Academy. These assessments will be used to generate appropriate educational placements. The assessment takes 60-90 minutes, and includes:

  • A creative writing piece
  • The CARA (Canadian Adult Reading Assessment) to determine: Grade 7/8 reading comprehension competency
  • A Math assessment: Grade 7/8 Ministry of Education expectations

In addition, prospective students are invited to attend a half or full day of classes at the Academy with their grade-level peers.

Step Four: Acceptance Decision

All applicants will be contacted by the Head of School with the admission decision. Successful applicants will be sent a letter of acceptance. Acceptance is conditional on performance during the first semester of placement at The Academy.

To start the process, or find out more about the Academy’s admissions procedures, contact us.