Apply for admission to the YMCA Academy

The YMCA Academy admits students in grades 9-12 with learning disabilities, attention issues, anxiety, mild diagnoses on the autism spectrum, and/or who seek a smaller learning environment, individualized teacher attention or an alternative learning experience.

Since the admissions procedure is competitive, parents are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible.

Apply for admission to The YMCA Academy in 4 steps

1 School tour and admissions application
  To arrange for a tour of the school fill out the form below or call 416-928-0124 Ext.0 and then complete the Admissions Application Package (PDF).
2 Interview
  Applicants will be contacted for an interview upon receipt of a completed application. Interviews are informal, and involve the prospective student as well as parents/guardians.
3 Program visit and assessment
  Applicants are invited to attend a full day of classes at the Academy with their grade-level peers. This visit also includes Academy-administered literacy and math assessments, which are used to generate appropriate educational placements.
4 Acceptance decision
  Applicants are contacted by the Head of School with the admission decision. Successful applicants will be sent a letter of acceptance. Acceptance is conditional on performance during the first semester of placement at The YMCA Academy.


Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is as follows:

  • Full year (2 semesters, up to 8 courses): $21,500
  • Half year (1 semester, up to 4 courses): $10,750

In addition to in-class instruction, assessment, and evaluation, YMCA Academy tuition includes:

  • In-school use of laptops and assistive technologies
  • On-site counselling
  • YMCA of Greater Toronto health and fitness membership
  • Extracurricular social and academic support opportunities
  • Outdoor education leadership and skills training
  • Cooperative education and experiential learning opportunities
  • Mindfulness without Borders training and support

Tuition Assistance

Families who are unable to pay the full tuition fee, but who feel that the Academy would meet the needs of their child, may apply for tuition assistance.

This program is funded by the YMCA Annual Fundraising Campaign, which enables individuals and families in need to access YMCA programs and services they otherwise could not afford. Participants pay a portion of the fees based on their financial circumstances. Though every effort is made to accommodate all who wish to participate at the YMCA, admission is subject to available resources and program capacity.

For details, download the Tuition Assistance Application Package (PDF).

The Academy difference

“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!”

- Parent of a YMCA Academy student

To book a tour or find out more about The YMCA Academy, complete the form below or call the school at 416-928-0124 ext.0

Academy Contact Form

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Campus Location

The YMCA Academy
15 Breadalbane St., 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M4Y 1C2
Tel: 416-928-0124
Fax: 416-928-0212

The Academy’s campus is located within the Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre, located just west of Yonge Street between College Street and Wellesley Street West.

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