Alternate Program — Helping Secondary Students Overcome Challenges
The OCDSB Secondary
Alternate Program is offered at five locations across the city. This
program is an excellent alternative for students who are seeking a different
experience from the traditional high school setting. Flexible scheduling,
workplace opportunities, smaller classes and self-paced learning are some of
the reasons students may choose to attend one of our five schools.
The Alternate Program is
primarily an independent learning environment. This means students and teachers
work collaboratively in this unique educational setting in order to ensure
student success. In addition, the program offers students the opportunity
to have more input into their mode of learning through a combination of
differentiated academic programs as well as Cooperative Education. Most
students entering an Alternate Program start by participating in an intensive
five week orientation credit course focused on helping
students understand themselves, their relationships and their responsibilities
through a range of activities emphasizing students' social-emotional
development and well-being. At the senior level, a range of courses is provided at the open,
college and Grade 12 university preparation pathways ensuring access to College
and University programs. Upon graduation, students will achieve their
OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) and most will go on to college,
university, apprenticeship or to the world of work. Some students choose to
leave the program after receiving their OSSC (Ontario Secondary School Certificate)
or move on to Adult High School to continue their learning.
How to Apply: Students may apply either through a recommendation from their
home school or they may seek out this unique learning environment on their
own. Each student participates in a formal interview in order to learn
more about the program and give input into how this alternate approach may
benefit them. With a continuous intake system, students are able to enter
the program at different times of the year and those who have been out of
school are welcome to use the program as an entry point to renew their
engagement in learning. Students typically range in age from 16 to 20.
For further information,
contact the Guidance Counsellor or Vice-Principal of your designated school and visit
the school websites listed below.
The OCDSB Alterntate Education Sites are: Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Frederick Banting, Norman Johnston, Richard Pfaff and Urban Aboriginal.