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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.

Made all the difference

Our son struggled with school due to an unidentified learning disability and undiagnosed anxiety disorder. Achievement was elusive despite IEPs, accommodations, changing programs, changing schools, tutoring, summer school, and guidance counselling. Overwhelmed and unable to keep up, he developed low self-esteem and, ultimately, counterproductive coping strategies.
Once his learning style differences were identified, we were referred to The YMCA Academy. Its small classes, interesting courses, individual attention, technological support, caring environment, emphasis on respect and mindfulness, modern attractive facility, and, most of all, terrific leadership, teachers, and staff, made all the difference! They fostered his individuality, inspired his creativity, showed him how to be productive academically, and just plain let him shine. He is looking forward to exploring everything that post-secondary education has to offer and towards an inspiring and fulfilling career.

Parent of a YMCA Academy graduate