Private Schools

There are relatively few specialized private schools in Toronto, for some reason, but many more in outlining regions. We have included schools throughout the GTA.

Bright Start Academy

Preschool and Elementary School: Classes are small to offer intensive individualized instruction. We use Touch Math, Edmark, and Direct Instruction and other curriculum to support our students.
High School offers both Credit and Non-Credit Program Options, transition programs into Adulthood. We work with families and their children to ensure that they are working on the skills they need to live more independently.
Tel: (416)-514-1415   

The Lighthouse Learning and Development Centre understands that every child with Autism has a unique learning ability.  In order to ensure the child's success we need to determine not only how that child learns, but the level they are currently at.  Our comprehensive assessment, followed by the creation of an individualized learning plan allows us to offer a program that is completely customized to each child.  Our children have the potential to do and be something great.  Our program will facilitate that success unlike any other program before. 
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Brighton is a private school for students in grades 1-12 who learn best in small classes, are one or more years behind academically, have a learning disability or an uneven learning profile.

Our Elementary program uses a small learning group format to teach both curriculum-based, and remediation programs such as Direct Instruction reading, Lindamood Bell Comprehension, Jump Math and Touchmath, while our art, drama, music and after school programs provide opportunities for our students to explore their creative side.

Our Secondary credit program offers credit courses at a slower pace, with more individualized support. We offer courses at the Locally Developed and Open Level as well as Workplace Course credits.

Our unique Transition to Adulthood program is designed to meet the needs of non-credit students who want to develop life skills, independence and make a gradual transition to the workplace.



Endless PossABILITIES Behaviour Intervention & Therapy Services,

Unit 22, 17817 Leslie Street, Newmarket, ON  L3Y 8C6
(905) 715-7771

Regions servicing:  York Region, GTA, Toronto, Simcoe South, Durham, Halton

Description: A specialized centre for children with exceptionalities offering home, centre and community based ABA/IBI interventions for children 2 ½  - 16 years of age.  Services provided: highly customized 1-1 programming, direct instruction, tutoring, supported inclusion, classroom instruction, comprehensive  social skills programs, after school workshops, diagnostic assessments, psycho-education, counseling for adolescents with ASDs or other learning disabilities, assessment clinic, monthly meetings with parents, and  monthly parent support group. Services are all encompassing and we have an open door policy for parents.



The Shining Through Centre for Children with Autism

The Shining Through Centre for Children with Autism is a unique non-profit organization, and recognized leader in the field of autism. They provide services in therapy, education, research and awareness to children and families affected by autism. STC has 3 locations in and around the GTA, and offers individualized year round full and half day programming; tailored to the unique developmental needs of each child. They offer ABA/IBI, 'Learning to Live' (youth program), Behaviour Reduction/management, and Streetsville (School-based program).
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Magnificent Minds: A Toronto-based private school, IBI/ABA for boys and girls from 2.5 years through elementary. Full-time & part-time learning environment; increased support in the classrooms; social skills. Tel.: 647-404-6349. Website:



The Behaviour Therapy and Child Development Agency.
We help to open your child's talents


Reach Toronto offers a unique program for adults 17+ who are living with Autism.  We offer a full day hands on program, Monday to Friday 9-3 focusing on topics such as Daily Life Skills, Relationships Building, Social Skills and Conventions, with activities taking place in centre  and out in the community in real life contexts.  Half day workplace preparation and pre-college programs are also available for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism.  For details please go to


Arrowswith School: Located in Toronto- although not targeted ASD kids in particular, Arrowsmith school will consider high functioning individuals with ASD for their program.

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New Haven Learning Centre: New Haven Learning Centre for Children, a non-profit treatment and education centre for individuals with autism based on the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA), is accepting applications for new students.

"New Haven opened its doors in 1998 with six children.  At that time, it was the first ABA centre-based program for children with autism in Ontario.  New Haven is committed to helping build infrastructure throughout Ontario with the goal of universal access to effective services for all families.  New Haven organizes and hosts a regional autism intervention conference every year.  Leading scientists and clinicians from the United States provide consultation to New Haven to ensure continuous professional development.  According to one of our consultants, Dr. Bridget Taylor, Co-founder and Executive Director at the Alpine Learning Group in New Jersey, “The New Haven Learning Centre has established the educational standard for the Greater Toronto Area by excelling in the two most fundamental aspects of autism treatment:  providing a comprehensive, data driven curriculum designed to serve students individual needs, and offering students one-to-one and small group instruction in the caring hands of a dedicated, skilled, and attentive staff.”

Any interested families should contact Jennifer Hieminga for a tour at 416-259-4445 x 16 or or visit their website at


ACIS: Grace Damouni, Director. Address: 8171 Yonge Street, P.O Box 226, Thornhill ON, L3T 2C6 Tel 416. 219 2316 Fax 905.761 9456. Visit their website at


Behaviour Institute: Behaviour Institute provides centre based programming for children from 3 to 10 years located in our Toronto location at 618 The Queensway. Children receive one-on-one treatment from trained and supervised staff or if the child is being readied for transition into community preschools or schools, through our Preparatory Classroom. Visit their website at


Dunblaine School: Private remedial school for children with special needs, individualized program, including tutorials, parental counselling and additional home management advice,sensory motor program. Address: 21 Deloraine Ave Toronto M5M 2A8. Phone 416-483-9215 or visit their website at


Exceptional Learning Centre (eXL): A full-day Elementary School offering students with unique learning needs a language-based curriculum which surpasses Ministry guidelines. Our multi-disciplinary staff features professionals in the fields of Education, Speech & Language and Behaviour/ABA therapy. For more information, please call 905-686-4800 or visit their website at


GAP Academy

The Gregory School for Exceptional Learning: A private school designed for students with learning disabilities, communication disorders and attention difficulties. Located in Ancaster, ON (905) 975-5651 or visit their website at


Intensive TLC: Located in Whitby, a private school offering preschool and school-age programs for children with speech, language and communication delays. For more information call 905-430-7889.

Kohai Educational Centre: A Toronto school for students with neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders, for ages 3 to adult. Visit their website at


Leaps and Bounds: Offers an year-round Intensive Behavioural Intervention day program in York Region. 11181 Yonge St. Unit 317 Richmond Hill. Call 905-508-6543 , email or visit their website at


TALC - Located in Burlington. TALC Academy offers intensive speech and language programming for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6.Visit their website at 


Oakwood Academy- Located in Mississauga. Oakwood Academy is a division of Kids CAN and is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario Federation of Independent Schools. Full and half-day education is available for children in Preschool through to grade 6. They offer a small school setting with additional facilities such as individual learning rooms, SMARTboard technology and a sensory gym to meet the individual needs of each student.

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Beyond the Door Learning Centre- provides interventions and education to children on the autism spectrum; individualized programs based on ABA and VB –Visit their website at or contact them at  




The Joy of Leanring Centre-Located in Burlington is an innovative private school/centre for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Visit their website at




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