Alternative High School
The Alternative High School program recognizes that the traditional school setting may not always be the most suitable learning environment for every student. This program provides students with another opportunity to complete their high school diploma.
To help our learners succeed, we focus on meeting their individual needs, providing support, and delivering quality instruction that addresses different learning styles. A strong emphasis is also placed on respect, teamwork, community, and self-awareness.
For nearly thirty years, the program has been helping students thrive, especially for those who have had difficulty in the regular high school system. Many students have earned their high school diplomas, secured employment and some have gone on to post-secondary education. The program began as a satellite classroom at Famous Players theatres in St. Vital Shopping Centre. The concept was so successful that it was awarded by the Conference Board of Canada.
The Alternative High School program is located at 1175 Pembina Highway. The facility is technologically equipped with interactive whiteboards and a science lab. Every classroom has access to computers and wireless Internet.
The Alternative High School program is designed for students from Grades 9 through 12. Only forty students are accepted into the program. This allows for smaller class sizes and increased one-on-one attention.
In contrast to traditional high school semesters that are several months long, the Alternative High School program offers four 10-week modules over the school year. This allows students to earn credits quickly for an increased rate of success. Students focus on only three courses at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education are compulsory courses. The choices for elective courses include: Art, Career Development, Clothing, Housing and Design, Electronics, Japanese, Foods and Nutrition, Biology, and Family Studies. Students in the program also benefit from unique in and out-of-class activities that include guest speakers, science experiments, monthly celebrations, and field trips.
To qualify for the Alternative High School program, students must have successfully completed Grade 8 and be at least 16 years of age. Applicants and their parent(s) or guardian(s) must attend an interview with the teachers. The student must be prepared to fill out a questionnaire about his/her past experiences at this time. If accepted, students register and pay an annual registration fee of $80.00 payable by cash or debit only. There are no tuition fees for the Alternative High School program. Intake occurs four times a year in September, November, February, and April.
To book an interview please call the school at (204) 453-8351. For additional information, you may speak to Melissa Noad at ext. 260 or Jenn Harris at ext. 261.