Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the W. Ross Macdonald School, the only lodging/day school program for visually impaired students in Ontario. As Principal of the Blind/Low Vision Program, I have the good fortune to work with committed educators, support staff and professionals in a modern facility geared to meet the needs of visually impaired students from ages 5 to 21 years old.

Since 1872, visually impaired students have been coming to Brantford to gain those skills necessary for success in the post-secondary world. Many of our graduates go on to university and college, and we have two work experience based programs that assist students entering the workforce. In fact, a number of our graduates work at the school as teachers, educational assistants and lodging counsellors.

The school’s enrolment from Grades 1 to 12 is annually around 190 students, who travel weekly to us from all across Ontario. Every student returns home each weekend and those students who live within 70 minutes of the school travel home each night.

Our school has the largest Braille using student population in Canada, and along with our print using students, enjoy a varied academic program; that includes: individual music lessons, modern technology, drama, outdoor education, swimming, numerous team sports, and varied lodging activities. Our students are involved with all EQAO testing as we offer a full spectrum of academic and ungraded programs.

Students have the opportunity to meet others like themselves, and build friendships that last a lifetime. As you explore our website to learn more about the W. Ross Macdonald School,
remember our school motto:

“The Impossible is Only the Untried.”


Dan Maggiacomo