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    Default Anyone's kid go to Foothills Academy?

    Friends of our suggested we check out Foothills Academy. Kid would qualify. Seems expensive, but cheaper than that time we had a nanny, so I'm sure we could work it out.

    Anyway, just looking for opinions and info of the kind you don't find on the website.
    Post here or PM me if you are shy. Thanks.

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    I don't have any experience with Foothills, but am familiar with & have friends with kids in (seemingly) similar programs.

    It's a personal decision and only you and your wife will know if it's best for your kid, but in my experience the list of things I'd rather spend money on over my children's education is extremely short... Like food, and shelter.

    The schools and programs that cater to these kids seem to achieve outcomes that are extremely difficult in a regular public school classroom. For example, one couple I know had their daughter in a public school class with 27 kids. The daughter quickly feel behind in early reading and math, in part because the teacher had ~15 'normal' kids and another dozen with varying needs, so once the lesson was taught and the 15 kids picked it up, the teacher had to go back and re-teach little groups of the other kids in ways that suited them, which is frankly no ideal or fair to any of the 27 kids. That girl now goes to a school with a similar program to Foothills and her class has 5 kids (ironically, we're also friends with her teacher)... The level of attention and tailored learning that can be offered in that environment simply can't be matched in a public school setting.

    Like you said, seems expensive when you just look at the number, but really not any more expensive that tons of other "kid things" that most people find a way to pay for, like daycare, nannies, etc.

    As for the inevitable "I went to public school and I turned out fine"... yeah, I did to... But that was 20+ fucking years ago and things have changed.

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    what school is "similar" to foothills? I was under the impression that they were quite unique.

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    Renfrew and Calgary Academy.

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    No personal experience, but an old colleague had one of his kids through there for dyslexia, and he said it was worth every penny, despite it being a bit of a financial/scheduling hardship for them.

    Edit: I think his kid was 10'ish at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    what school is "similar" to foothills? I was under the impression that they were quite unique.
    Admittedly, I don't have any direct experience, but have some familiarity with both Calgary Academy and Rundle Academy, which both offer learning disability programs.

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    Both my kids did a reading and writing camp (1v1) at foothills academy for all of august. It cost us about 4k. Our kids psychologist suggested it for some learning issues both had.
    They both really enjoyed it. I think more because it was one on one with the teacher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nzwasp View Post
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    Both my kids did a reading and writing camp (1v1) at foothills academy for all of august. It cost us about 4k. Our kids psychologist suggested it for some learning issues both had.
    They both really enjoyed it. I think more because it was one on one with the teacher.
    My daughter did the same camp there last summer and she also goes there every Saturday during the regular year for a 2 hour reading tutorial. We have noticed great improvements with her reading and confidence.

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    Send them to the hood.. they will have friends for life and every parent is a tradesperson. BBQs are awesome. Life skills brother..
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