|Alternative Education Opportunities|
Night School, Wheable Day School, International Languages, ESL and Self-Study
Saunders Policy for Night School and Virtual Academy: Students may apply for a night school or virtual course that cannot be scheduled for them during the current day school year. Students will maintain a full-time status (ie. Grade 12 is 3 classes per semester and Grade 11 is 4 classes per semester) at day school if they choose to add an extra course. The extra course will be the first consideration for dropping. Students who have completed a course at day school and wish to repeat it may be given permission for night school or virtual academy.
Students, parents and counsellors will consider the following issues when considering night school or virtual academy:
a. time commitments
c. student's learning re: evening or computer
Three points of caution:
1. Courses will only run if there are enough students to fill a class. A student should not count on
the availability of the course.
2. Students' workloads will be heavy. In the event a student wishes to drop a course later, the
student will normally be expected to drop the night school course.
3. Students wanting to take a compulsory English class should consider the impact on their
language or mathematical knowledge as these are deemed foundational courses that normally
- direct instruction
- regular (corrective) feedback from a teacher
- daily rehearsal over a number of months.
Summer School http://www.tvdsb.on.ca/
New credit Weekdays 8:30 - 2:30 during July. Courses are normally offered in English, French, Math, Science, Literacy, Careers; and Civics, grade 9 and 10 Canadian geography and history and some business courses.
Improvement credit Weekdays 8:30 to 2:30 for 2 weeks in July. For students who have received a mark of 40% or better with good attendance to the end of the course are eligible.
Cross-over courses are provided by the Ministry of Education to allow a student to move from a Grade 9 applied course to a Grade 9 academic course or vice-versa by completing 30 hours of exercises on the internet. The Ministry offers these courses in English, Science and French to provide a solid foundation in subsequent programming. That is, Grade 9 applied English is designed to prepare a student for Grade 10 applied English, followed by college programming. Grade 9 academic English prepares one for Grade 10 academic English and university-bound English. Changing levels requires differing units to be learned and emphases to be revisited. Application forms may be obtained through your guidance counsellor.
Transfer courses allow a student to move between academic and applied courses and between college and university programs. Transfer courses may be offered at summer school or virtual academy for students enrolled in grade 10 and 11 courses. The list of courses available and the registration process can be found at http://www.tvdsb.on.ca/ace/ or
On-line Courses (please see your guidance counsellor before applying)
Ontario E-Learning Consortium www.elearningstudents.ca/
Peel DSB: http://www.school-online.ca
York Region DSB: http://www.virtualschooling.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/
Avon Maitland DSB: http://www.amdec.ca/
Thames Valley Alternative Secondary School TVASS)
Students who are having difficulty attending regular day school may contact their school social worker/attendance counsellor or Vice-Principal and apply to attend an alternative school site with the Board's permission. Contact 452-2770 Ext 62066 to speak to the Social Worker/Attendance Counsellor. For more information go to: Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education
If you are currently not enrolled in any school program, you may be interested in the Re-Connect program. Reconnect to Your Future
Exit Package Information for Potential Early School Leavers
Students can consider part-time status as an alternative to dropping out, so should consult their counsellor about the feasibility and process of being a part-time student.
The exit package will provide you with information about resume building and job assistance programs for youths. Students might also consult the web sites in this program under the headings Career Resources and Apprenticeship, Employment & Volunteer Opportunities.
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