In order to be considered for the school program, a child must meet the following criteria:
- The child must have a current diagnosis of a Learning Disability as their primary diagnosis without major behaviour or regulation issues. The child may also have additional diagnoses such as ADHD or anxiety.
- The child must have average to above average intelligence.
What if my child only has a diagnosis of ADHD?
We recognize that a child with ADHD can struggle in school. But, a diagnosis of ADHD without a diagnosis of a Learning Disability would not make them eligible to attend Foothills Academy school. Our funding from Alberta Education requires that every student who attends our school program has a diagnosis through a psycho-educational assessment that states that they have a "Learning Disability".
Please Note: the intake criteria for our Community Services programs is broader than the school program. While the students at the school must have a Learning Disability diagnosis, participants in our Amicus and Psycho-educational group programs can participate if they have a diagnosis of a Learning Disability and/or ADHD. Read/Write & Math, Assessment, Counselling and Parent Workshops do not require a diagnosis. Check out our Community Services programs to see if they may be applicable to you and your family.