The Third Academy School
The School for Special Needs Education

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Founding Patron
Ed Whalen

Honourary Patron
Nomi Whalen

Patron Calgary
Glenn Olson

BearCat Murray

Our Sponsors


Computers for Schools

Alberta Lottery Fund

The Prosser Foundation

Ronald McDonald House Charities

The United Way

The Third Academy Story

dr mattu with studentsDr. S. Lal Mattu with two Third Academy students.

The Third Academy was founded by Dr. S. Lal Mattu. He is an experienced educator and administrator who has worked in public education for over forty years. Dr S. Lal Mattu holds a BSc, MEd, PhD (Educational Psychology), Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and is a Psychologist. His primary responsibilities, while school superintendent/assistant superintendent in various school jurisdictions in Alberta and British Columbia have been threefold: human resources, program development, and special needs.

Dr. S. Lal Mattu´s dream to open a special needs school grew out of having witnessed countless children "fall through the cracks" in the conventional school system. For whatever reason, many students were simply not succeeding. What these students needed was a different kind of school.

On September 1st, 1997, Dr. S. Lal Mattu´s dream was realized when the doors of the first campus were opened in Calgary. Today there are campuses in Calgary and Red Deer.

The Third Academy is a fully-accredited, designated special education private school by Alberta Education.




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