New Haven offers high-quality, evidence-based education and treatment programs for children with ASD that are thoughtfully designed to be as unique as the children served. Programming is tailored to needs; based on ongoing assessments and personalized data collection. More than just an education and treatment centre with trained and certified professional staff, New Haven is a network of caring individuals passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of those living with ASD. Together we can SOAR!
Evidence-based data driven programming based on the scientific principles of ABA
Specialized focus on autism
Private and government funded programming
Tuition subsidy of up to 25% for all students
Transitional programming and community liaison
Certified specialist staff at all levels with high degree of supervision
Family inclusion in goal setting and learning pathways
Socially distanced small group learning pods (5 students max)
Learning at New Haven Learning Centre during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: New Haven Learning Centre has pivoted to respond proactively and responsibly to COVID-19 with multiple steps taken to protect the health and safety of our learning community. Health and Safety policies have led all steps taken to adjust; including investment in resources, signage, and training for all. PPE, including face shields and/or masks, are mandatory for all staff and students are encouraged to learn mask toleration, but are not required to wear masks full-time as they are supported on a 1:1 capacity by staff who focus on enhanced personal hygiene with their students. Preventative measures such as physically distancing with no more than 5 students per room, frequent hand washing, and increased cleaning and sanitizing, in addition to reducing carryover resource use and increased care in individually supporting our clients, have led each step. Additionally, some areas have been restricted access to reduce risks and visitors are welcomed remotely at this time to allow for reduced foot traffic.
Prior to daily entry, all staff and all clients complete a pre-entry health screening and temperature check and sick leave are encouraged and monitored for any potential COVID-19 symptomology in students or staff.
As circumstances warrant, New Haven will continue to respond to government directives and health measures recommended while also taking extra steps to support a healthy learning environment.
As a non-profit agency and private school, New Haven welcomes the entire family into its service model. Making sure skills are taught to generalize outside of the school environment, parents and caregivers are offered parent coaching and support to facilitate success well beyond the New Haven doors.
Individualized programming with mask toleration for some students
Summer programming return with
COVID- 19 Health and Safety Measures in place
Insider Reviews and Perspectives
Our Take: New Haven Learning Centre
New Haven Learning Centre may be different than the vast bulk of private schools, though in the most important ways, it isn’t. The goal is to work with children, supporting them to learn, and grow, within a purposeful community. Instruction is evidence-based, drawing from a range of best practices and expertise, and conducted in close collaboration with family and support workers. Likewise, there is a desire to keep the student experience close as possible to what you’d find in any school across the country. With a high student-teacher ratio, parents appreciate that their children are known throughout the school, and feel a part of the school community, as well as the fact that the challenges they face are understood. Attention is kind, empathetic, and the results are profound.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at New Haven Learning Centre: Progressive
New Haven Learning Centre has a Progressive approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Liberal Arts, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Progressive - 17%   Traditional - 15%   Liberal arts - 17%   Montessori - 17%   Reggio Emilia - 17%   Waldorf - 17%
What New Haven Learning Centre says: We offer high-quality, evidence-based education and treatment programs that are thoughtfully designed to be as unique as the individuals we serve. Families are pivotal to the success of our program. We co-create intervention / support plans with caregivers to help provide a better understanding of their child and support the generalization of strategies to other environments.
Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 20%   Social justice - 3%   Equal balance - 77%
What New Haven Learning Centre says: This information is not currently available.
Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Light integration - 20%   Heavy integration - 33%   Medium integration - 47%
What New Haven Learning Centre says: This information is not currently available.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at New Haven Learning Centre: Play-based
New Haven Learning Centre has a Play-based approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Academic approach).
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Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at New Haven Learning Centre: Student-paced
New Haven Learning Centre has a Student-paced approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Accelerated approach).
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The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
What New Haven Learning Centre says: Our programming is tailored to each individual’s needs, based on ongoing assessments and personalized data collection, and are provided by a team of highly-trained professionals.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What New Haven Learning Centre says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at New Haven Learning Centre: Supportive
New Haven Learning Centre has a Supportive approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Rigorous approach).
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A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Supportive - 50%   Rigorous - 50%
What New Haven Learning Centre says: This information is not currently available.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
What New Haven Learning Centre says: This information is not currently available.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
New Haven Learning Centre is a Special needs school
Full-time programming is offered for all students which is exclusively focused on one or more special needs.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: New Haven offers an intensive 1:1 ABA-based treatment and educational program for individuals with autism and related disabilities.
New Haven strives to grow potential and change the lives of those who seek to include their children in our year round program. Our students thrive in their individual and unique ways while guided to surpass their own potential.
New Haven welcomes a variety of pupils that need that extra level of evidence-based data driven programming and support systems while teaching them to success in both 1:1 and group based learning opportunities.
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 12, New Haven Learning Centre students perform an average of 15 mins of homework per night.
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What New Haven Learning Centre says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
New Haven Learning Centre does not offer any competitive or recreational sports.
New Haven Learning Centredoes not offer any clubs or extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
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What New Haven Learning Centre says about their tuition: All students who are welcomed to join the New Haven Learning Centre program are offered a tuition subsidy to begin in 1:1 ratioed programming of up to 25% of real tuition costs. This is offered through the progressive fundraising efforts of the centre and our valued annual donors who recongize the importance of early intensive intervention and supports for children diagnosed with ASD to thrive.
Need-based financial aid
New Haven Learning Centre does not offer need-based financial aid.
Merit based Scholarships
New Haven Learning Centre does not offer merit-based financial awards.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Preschool to Gr. 12
Average class size
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
Intake interviews and assessments are done through the generosity of our donors. A deposit of 1500 is required for all accepted placements which is in turn reduced from the 1st month's tuition. Tuition payments are equally distributed across the year.
Acceptance Rate: 80%
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Day Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
Type of student New Haven Learning Centre is looking for:
We welcome all students who may feel that an intensive, individualized program that focused on the principles of ABA and pedagogy that is required for those affected by ASD.
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
As a gold-standard evidence-based treatment and education centre for individuals with autism and related disorders in Ontario, we are focused on supporting our clients and students to grow their potential and ultimately change lives while respecting that an unprecedented disruption to service was required. At this time, our service model has adapted to include a TeleHealth ABA model, which is effective and both a creative and safe means of supporting our community. We have transitioned many of our services to include alternative means of delivery, making innovative use of online technologies and other ingenious strategies to carry-on with our teaching and learning activities that are so important to each individual client. We remain a strong and dedicated body of service providers that will no doubt go to incredible lengths to support our students and their families in the current circumstances as well as any and all aspects of our shared future.
The recent weeks will have no doubt brought many challenges, calling on all of us to be adaptable, creative, and understanding. I am confident that New Haven will continue to be resilient in its commitment to future success for our clients; irrespective of the recent pandemic.
Wishing you all safety and good health, as we move confidently forward. We commit to communicating with all students, clients, caregivers, and prospective New Haven service recipients regularly, and as developments require. In the meantime, please visit the website often and our social media links for up-to-date, detailed information.
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