Gap Academy
4 John Street, Toronto, Ontario   M9N 1J3   416  249-1500  
An innovative approach to teaching pre-teens and adolescents with  learning disabilities.
    Welcome to the world of Gap Academy.

    We are the most innovative, alternative approach to educating preteens and adolescents with
    learning disabilities in Toronto, Canada.   Our school is located in the vicinity of 401 & Weston
    Road - easily accessible by T.T.C., highway and the Go Train. Our total student population is
    intentionally kept at a minimum, with fewer than thirty students at any given time.   Our student-
    teacher ratio is specifically kept exceptionally low; our program is very designed to allow
    students the greatest increase in skill level over the shortest period of time.

    We believe that an intensive approach with extremely low ratios over the period of a school year can
    dramatically alter the outlook for a student - and we have seen this materialize time and time again.
    Our approach is very alternative; we teach students about their own learning disability and
    obstacles, and give them tools and strategies to cope with their particular learning style or
    difference.   We also believe in using a combination of relevant and creative teaching methods in
    our applications of the Ontario Curriculum, which change according to the specific needs of each
    student. Our methods are very individualized - we believe that what works for one student may not
    necessarily work with another who may be diagnosed with the same disability or may even have
    the same learning profile.  We work around the differences by offering highly tailored programs and
    by teaching individualized 'problem attack' and problem solving skills, as well as critical thinking.

    Our course load includes all of the basic courses regularly expected in a school environment, like
    Math and English, but it also includes: instructional strategies, learning strategies, attentional
    skills, sensory desensitization, homework strategies, test-taking procedures, independent
    learning, risk taking in academic environments, academic tolerance and stability, consistency,
    deduction, problem solving, critical thinking, error methodology and social skills. These skills are
    crucial if students with learning differences are to succeed in regular school settings.

    If you need any more information, you can find it here on our website, or you can give us a call.

    Paola Breda
Please note that we are not a residential setting - we are a day  school.
"Welcome to the wonderful world of Gap, where things really change."
"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."
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"Invest in the future - teach the kids of today.  And, if you   
find you can't teach them, find a way to reach them."
P. Breda
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Les Brown
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