Notice of Board Decision
Please be advised that Board, at its meeting on 16 December 2014, approved the expansion of the Elementary Alternative program boundary, effective September 2015.
On September 23, 2014, Board authorized staff to proceed with a consultation plan and an approved timeline for the proposed expansion of the elementary alternative program boundaries that are to include suburban and rural areas outside the existing boundary (areas outside of the Greenbelt).
Potential expansion areas include the following:
-West – Kanata, Stittsville, Richmond, Munster and all rural west communites
-South - Barrhaven, south Nepean, Riverside South, Manotick & all rural south communities
-East – Orleans, Blackburn Hamlet & all rural east communities
A series of four (4) public meetings took place dealing with the proposed elementary alternative boundary expansion across the District for community convenience.
Meeting Dates included:
The SAME information was made available at each meeting.
What is the Elementary Alternative Program?
The Elementary Alternative program is one of four main elementary programs offered at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. These programs include Regular/English, Early French Immersion, Middle French Immersion and the English Alternative program.
The Elementary Alternative program has its foundation in student centred learning which includes strong community support and parent involvement. The program affords student’s opportunities to meet Ministry expectations while allowing concentration in areas of their own interest and aptitude.
The following characteristics are found in many of the programs across the elementary level and collectively they provide for the basis of the tenets of the alternative program. These include:
-Cooperation and teamwork;
-Innovative approaches to teaching and learning;
-Balanced student directed/teacher directed learning;
-Multi-aged groupings of students
-Integrated curriculum with interrelation of all learning and subjects
-Family and community centred school environment; and
-Ongoing student led assessment and evaluation
The structure of the Elementary Alternative program ensures that each student can complete the core curriculum requirements of the Board and the Ministry of Education.
Where is the program offered?
The program is currently offered at five (5) locations across the District. These include.
Please see elementary alternative composite map.
The boundary for this program and these schools generally extends to the Greenbelt. Currently, any student living outside the Greenbelt (suburbs and rural areas) wishing to attend this program can do so on transfer.
Following the 2013 market demand survey on the elementary alternative program, it was determined that there is some interest in areas not currently served by the program. After a number of Board meetings considering the program and its boundaries, Trustees passed a motion that would direct staff to develop a plan for the expansion of the boundaries to include all areas of the District not currently served by the program for implementation in September 2015.