Landmark East was founded in 1979 by Dr. Charles Drake, an innovative American educator and dyslexic, along with a Board of Directors consisting of Canadian parents and professionals. It was their belief that students with learning disabilities must be given the opportunity to learn academic and social skills that enable them to become confident, independent learners.
Dr. Drake modeled Landmark East after schools he founded in the United States; although there is no affiliation with these schools. Landmark East is governed by Landmark East Association, a registered Canadian charity, for the benefit of students with learning disabilities.
In 1995, Landmark East established a joint research center for learning disabilities with the Psychology Department of Acadia University, also in the town of Wolfville.
Research conducted through the Landmark East and Acadia Centre for Research on Learning Disabilities looks at understanding learning disabilities, applying this understanding to benefit children and educators, and addressing concerns specific to children with learning disabilities. Studies conducted at Landmark East have been published in such journals as the Journal of Learning Disabilities and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice.
Landmark East is an approved school with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and its high school program and diploma are recognized by the Government of Nova Scotia.
Landmark East is a co-ed international school for students diagnosed with learning disabilities in grades 3 through 12. We pride ourselves in being able to provide quality academic programs with personal growth experiences for our students.
Landmark East School is situated on five acres in the small university town of Wolfville, which is on the Bay of Fundy coast of Nova Scotia. A peaceful town situated in a rural setting. Wolfville is a safe place for students to live and study. The school is located just one hour from Halifax, the province’s capital and the largest city east of Montreal.
Daily flights from cities in Canada, the United States and abroad are provided by major airlines and their affiliates at the Halifax International Airport. The Landmark East campus is located one kilometer from downtown Wolfville on the western outskirts of the town overlooking the historic Acadian dykelands.
Landmark East is a community-based school, and our students benefit from being residents of the town of Wolfville. We use Acadia University’s recreational facilities, which include an Olympic size swimming pool, gymnasiums, squash and racquetball courts, weight room and skating rink. For curling, our students have access to the Wolfville Curling Club. For softball, we use the playing fields at Wolfville’s Rotary Park. During the winter months, our students ski and snowboard at Ski Martock, a forty-minute drive from the school.
There are certainly distinct cultural and athletic advantages for our students as a result of residing in a university community.
The historic campus building was dedicated during Landmark East School’s 25 Anniversary and was named The Johnson Academic Centre, in recognition of the generous support of The Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation. The Centre houses the academic classrooms, biology and chemistry laboratories, library, conference room, administrative offices, dining hall and kitchen.
The Boys’ Residence is comprised of fifteen dorm rooms, each accommodating two to three boys. Each dorm room also has its own washroom. The Boys’ dormitory also contains a games room, television lounge, canteen, weight room, cardio room and laundry room. Downstairs in a separate wing of the building, there is a storage area.
The Girls’ Dormitory is comprised of ten dorm rooms, each accommodating two to three girls per room. Each dorm room also has its own washroom. The Girls’ dormitory also contains two television lounges and a laundry room. The art, music, and drama studios are located beneath the dormitory, accessed through separate entrances.
Landmark East School provides programs for students (ages 8 – 19 years) with language and learning differences. Areas addressed include learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Landmark East is a boarding and day school with a 3:1 student-teacher ratio.
* Please note that we offer an English-only program.
The Elementary School Program (grades 3 – 5, ages 8 – 11) is a day program only that addresses the needs of students who are having difficulty acquiring literacy skills. The program develops skills in oral and written expression, comprehension, study skills, mathematics and art. A key feature of this program is a daily tutorial consisting of two students per teacher. The maximum class size is six and the school day ends at 2:30 PM.
The Middle School Program (grades 6 – 9) employs a multi-sensory approach to develop literacy, numeracy and study skills. The program utilizes a daily one-to-one language tutorial to set the tone for the fundamental skills taught across the curriculum. The maximum class size is six. In addition to regular academic classes, students participate in a 90-minute physical education/activity program and a monitored 60-minute homework/study hall class each day.
The High School Program (grades 10 – 12) offers college and university preparatory courses that follow the requirements of the Nova Scotia Public School Program. Class sizes are limited to eight students and adaptive strategies are designed to meet individual needs. Graduates receive their graduation diplomas from the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Many proceed to post-secondary studies at colleges and universities.
The Transition Year Program (post grade 12) is offered to students who have completed grade 12 but do not feel prepared, academically or socially, for the demands of post-secondary education. Academically, the Transition Year Program focuses on independent study, research and study skills. Socially, the program allows students to become actively involved in a small secure community with opportunities to develop confidence and competence before moving on to post-secondary studies.
In addition to the tradition of academic excellence, Landmark East also provides a world of personal growth opportunities.
Students have the chance to experience meeting new friends from around the world and to participate in many sports, activities and clubs. We encourage students to make the most of their time at Landmark East and to work hard and enjoy the experience.
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