Word of welcome

Good day,

Thank you for visiting our website. I hope it provides all the information you need.

Our school is divided into two campuses and welcomes students with special needs, such as intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders or psychopathological disorders.

I am particularly proud of our team. We are a group of passionate individuals with a shared goal of helping students gain skills and independence. As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand the challenges that students and their families face.

At Peter Hall School, we focus on each student’s unique needs by establishing an individualized education plan. We aim to prepare students for life after school while respecting their needs, learning pace and dignity.

On behalf of the entire team, welcome and happy reading!

Jean Laliberté, Director General

Our clientele

Peter Hall School is a private school that is recognized and subsidized in the public interest by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

We serve students aged 4 to 21 with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders or psychopathological disorders. These students may or may not have associated disabilities.

Instruction is offered in French and English.

Our mission

  • To help students integrate into educational, vocational and community settings to the best of their ability.
  • To offer a supportive and stimulating learning environment that enables students to develop at their own pace.
  • To contribute to special education research, training and pedagogical development.

The mission of Peter Hall School is in accordance with the amended Education Act1 and Quebec Schools on Course: Educational Policy Statement 2



Peter Hall School

  • Provides specialized educational services to students with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and psychopathological disorders.
  • Meets individual needs through innovative and diverse educational programs and learning opportunities.
  • Creates a student-centered educational program that addresses students’ strengths, abilities and learning needs.
  • Inspires and supports all students to reach their full learning potential.
  • Creates a safe, supportive and stimulating learning environment that is adapted to the needs of students in order to foster their personal and social development.
  • Provides ongoing professional development opportunities for its personnel in the field of special education in order to maintain high-quality service.
  • Promotes a collaborative approach to develop realistic and appropriate educational programming for students.
  • Establishes partnerships with parents to promote their involvement in their child’s education.
  • Provides training opportunities and internships for students at the college and university levels.
  • Contributes to research projects for the development of pedagogical expertise.
  • Shares information and expertise with other schools and service providers that work with individuals with special needs.
  • Promotes social integration and active participation of the student in the community.

1 Education Act, R.S.Q.,c. 1-13.3.
2 Québec, Ministère de l’Éducation. Quebec Schools on Course: Educational Policy Statement (Québec: Gouvernement du Québec, 1997), 40 pages.


Parents of children with intellectual disabilities initiate schooling for their children in several locations on the Island of Montreal.

1950 to 1960
Associations for people with intellectually disabilities are formed. Thanks to financial support from parents and friends, these children are able to attend school.

The School is officially named Peter Hall in honour of Lawrence (Laurie) Hall, a dedicated champion of the cause, and his son Peter, who attended classes started by the Montreal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped.

Peter Hall School becomes incorporated and, as an establishment serving the public interest, it is recognized and fully subsidized by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur. The School offers its services in English and in French.

The School now has four campuses on the Island of Montreal, as well as several service points covering the Greater Montreal Area. An individualized education program is developed.

1990 to 2000
Schooling ceases to be offered to students over 21 years of age. Some campuses are closed and the organization is streamlined. A campus is built to suit the needs of our students. A second campus is also purchased and renovated. Research and development efforts are increased.

The School develops and implements a new education program designed to meet the specific needs of our students and educational reform requirements.

The School creates a foundation to help raise financial support for the School and its development.

The Foundation completes its first major campaign and raises $1.3 million for the purchase of a new campus. The School restructures its services and decides to operate two campuses in the Saint‑Laurent borough. The Ouimet Campus is dedicated to preschool and elementary students (aged 4 to 11) and the Côte-Vertu Campus serves high school students (aged 12 to 21). The head office is adjacent to the Côte-Vertu Campus.

The School introduces a new program named Gateway. Its purpose is to help students integrate into the community and businesses.

The Foundation completes its second major fundraising campaign and raises over $2 million for the expansion of the Côte-Vertu Campus.

Board of Directors

Peter Hall School relies on the hard work, professionalism and dedication of its board of directors to
support its students’ optimal development.

Our board members:

Kathryn Fournier
President, Former parent

Vito Vassallo
Vice-President, Former parent

Stefano Capogrosso
Treasure, Parent

Claude Gratton
Secretary, Retiree

Arthur Junior Trubiano

François Lemire

Oumy Dia

Code of ethics

For more information on our Code of ethics, please download the PDF.


Our partners

Avataq Cultural Institute
Kahnawake Education Center
Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île
Commission scolaire de Montréal
Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Commission scolaire de Laval
Commission scolaire des Affluents
Commission scolaire des Samares
Commission scolaire de la Seignerie-des-Mille-Îles
Commissions scolaire Sorel-Tracy
Commission scolaire des Hautes-Rivières
Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin
Commission scolaire des Patriotes
Commissions scolaire des Grandes Seigneries
Commission scolaire de la Vallée-des-Tisserands

Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs
Riverside School Board
Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board
English Montreal School Board
Lester B. Pearson School Board
New Frontiers School Board
University of Montreal
McGill University
Vanier College
Cégep du Vieux-Montréal
LaSalle College
MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre
Centre de réadaptation Marie-Enfant
Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau