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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.

Compassionate, caring teachers

I can’t say enough positive things about the school and its teachers. They really care about the kids and really understand children with LDs and learning differences. They are compassionate, caring teachers who really go the extra mile for their students and are willing to work with parents to get our children on track so they can succeed both academically and socially. It’s not just a job to them, it’s a passion. Every school should share the same philosophy. It’s about the kids and helping them succeed in life!

A YMCA Academy parent