In order to be considered for the school program, a child must meet the following criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

We are so very grateful for the teaching team at Foothills. Thank you for continuing to support and motivate those special individuals who struggle to fit into the typical student mould. — Alumni Parent