The History of Kohai Educational Centre
Kohai’s roots go back to 1973 when Simone Lebrun opened Camp Kohai as a summer treatment centre for children and adults with emotional, intellectual and behavioural disorders. The camp evolved into a day school at the request of the parents. The name Kohai comes from the Japanese language and refers to a young person who is learning from elders.
The school as we know it today, Kohai Educational Centre, opened in September 1976 by Simone Lebrun and Gord Queen. They set out to create a unique, small school where the teaching principles were based on learning theory and yet where individuality could be nurtured and academic pursuits encouraged in all children. It was recognized as an independent school by the Ministry of Education in 1977.
In 1987, Kohai was designated a Registered Charity No. 11898 6694 RR0001. Kohai is a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, Ontario Federation of Independent Schools and SPECTRA – Partners in Specialized Education.
In Fall 2018, we will make the transition from being a full-time day school (Kohai Educational Centre) to a programme for adults who wish to continue learning life, workplace and social skills in a small group setting known as Kohai LIFE. LIFE stands for Living Independently with Friends Every Day.
We’re grateful to our students and their families for 45 years of support. In this new chapter will serve an older segment of the special needs community and we look forward to welcoming adult alumni and new faces to the Kohai LIFE programme.
Kohai is a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities. Our mission is to provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities in today’s society.
Visit www.ldao.ca to learn more.
Kohai is a member of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools. The Ontario Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS) is a legally incorporated, duly constituted service association for independent schools, established in 1974. OFIS provides visible, standard-setting leadership to member schools, encouraging greater public understanding and appreciation for those schools because — “parents have a prior right to freely choose the kind of education that shall be given to their child” (1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Visit www.ofis.ca to learn more.