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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.

Full support from staff

The YMCA Academy has been lifesaver for us. My son is more confident and happier than ever before. He gets full support from staff and students and has made a 100% turnaround. I was very frustrated with the public school system and feared my son was going to be a high school dropout, but he is trying things he would have never considered before and we finally see a positive future for him

A YMCA Academy parent