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The YMCA Academy’s middle school is an alternative grade 7 & 8 program in downtown Toronto. Developed with a focus on building reading, writing and math skills, our personal differentiated approach, specialized programs, and individualized use of assistive technology are ideally suited to students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences.

Our grade 7 & 8 program balances traditional academic disciplines with social/emotional wellness. Our timetable includes time for developing reading and writing skills, investigating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), exploring individual interests through project based learning, and integrating mindfulness practices.

A safe and supportive learning environment that includes:

    • Small class sizes and personal support (classes average 6 students; staff-to-student ratio of 6:1)
    • Socio-emotional support including full-time Student Counsellor
    • Modern facilities including bright classrooms, fully equipped labs, and a broad range of health and fitness facilities
    • Full range of technology including laptops and android tablets for every student
    • Outdoor education and year-round YMCA of Greater Toronto membership

The YMCA Academy’s grade 7 & 8 program prepares students with learning disabilities and learning style differences for success in high school. Book a tour or contact us by email (info@ymcaacademy.org) or phone (416-928-0124) to find out more about our unique program.

Motivation to succeed

My daughter started in Grade 9 this year, and it is the first time in six years that she loves going to school. Her self-esteem and self-confidence has grown immensely. For the first time in her school life, she can tell me what she is studying in each class. Previously she was never given any homework or assignments, now she willingly sits and does any work needed, including wanting to study for upcoming tests. Her motivation to succeed has skyrocketed.

A YMCA Academy parent