Established in 1979, Foothills Academy was the first center for children with Learning Disabilities in Alberta and one of the first in Canada. Foothills Academy has a dual purpose:
- To offer a full-time School Program for students with Learning Disabilities, and
- To provide to the greater community, a Community Services component consisting of assistance to professionals and parents including remedial tutoring, summer camp (Camp Amicus), year-round recreation (Amicus Recreation), psycho-educational assessments, counselling, psychologist supervised group programs, parent and community workshops, in-person and on-line teacher professional development workshops, research, and the publishing of materials relevant to the child with Learning Disabilities.
One of the most notable examples of community support is the establishment of our permanent facility in northwest Calgary. The international award winning facility was two years in the planning and facilitates flexibility for classroom groupings, observation of students and demonstration of teaching/treatment techniques, research, planning, etc. The facility is equipped with 22 classrooms and has the capacity to serve up to 300 students. The state of the art science labs, computer lab, a well-equipped gym, conference rooms, assessment rooms and lecture theatre all contribute to creating a positive learning environment, and to assist the community in the understanding and the treatment of those with Learning Disabilities.