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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)
    • 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.

Accepted at every college program

After spending her late elementary grades in a special school, our daughter struggled in high school. They just couldn’t or wouldn’t follow her IEP. Her psychologist suggested a few possibilities, including the YMCA Academy. We visited all of them with mixed results, until we visited the YMCA Academy. Our daughter exclaimed that she felt that she could succeed in this environment and she has — she has been accepted at every college program that she applied to. We are very pleased.

Parent of a YMCA Academy graduate