Program Overview

For over 35 years Landmark East School has been providing specific programming for day and boarding students with learning differences. Our areas of focus include dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD/ADHD and non-verbal learning disabilities and we offer expert support in a learning environment that features a 3:1 student-teacher ratio. It is our belief that all students can be successful.

The Elementary School Program (ages 7 – 12) is a day program that addresses the needs of students who are having difficulty acquiring literacy skills. The program uses a multi-sensory approach to develop skills in oral and written expression, comprehension, study skills, mathematics, drama, music and art. A key feature of this program is our daily 1:1 language skills intensive support class. The typical class size is six students or less.

The Middle School Program (ages 12 – 14) employs a multi-sensory approach to developing literacy, numeracy and study skills. The program offers an optional daily 1:1 intensive support class that optimizes the fundamental skills taught across the curriculum. The typical class size is six students or less. In addition to regular academic classes, students participate in a 90-minute physical education/activity program and a monitored 60-minute study hall class each day.

The High School Program (grades 10 – 12) offers courses that fully meet the requirements of the Nova Scotia Public School Program. Landmark East School provides an exceptional education experience that offers students the opportunity to develop their abilities, skills and the self-confidence to become enthusiastic independent learners capable of transitioning successfully to post-secondary education. Average class size is typically eight students or less and teachers use adaptive strategies designed to meet individual needs. Graduates are awarded their diplomas by the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Most Landmark East graduates continue their post-secondary studies at college and university.

The Transition Year Program (post grade 12) is offered to students who have completed grade 12 but do not yet feel comfortable facing the demands of post-secondary education. Academically, the Transition Year Program focuses on independence skills, literacy, research, organizational skills and personal growth. Socially, the program allows students to continue to be actively involved in a small secure community with opportunities to develop confidence and competence before moving on to post-secondary studies.

The SPARK Program is a comprehensive daily plan of cardio exercise and movement intended to help students prepare to learn, improve mood and attention, while lowering stress and anxiety. This exercise intervention was developed in direct association with Dr. John J. Ratey, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. His work is based on new and exciting research on the effects of exercise and the brain. According to Dr Ratey, “Memory retention and learning functions are all about brain cells actually changing, growing and working better together.”


Students meet daily with an advisor to support academic, social and emotional needs. Advisory groups follow a personal development curriculum that is individualized to the needs of the group. Once a week the group meets for an hour for Successful Me classes. The Successful Me program is based on research that has shown that self-awareness, proactivity, perseverance, goal-setting, presence and use of effective support systems, and emotional coping strategies help lead individuals with learning disabilities to success. Students participate in specialized classes, intended to build understanding and skills with these attributes. There is also a focus on these attributes in classes and other activities throughout the school. Focusing on strategies which foster the development of these critical attributes in youth will help students achieve greater success at school and in life.

Please note that we offer an English-only program.