To provide a high school educational opportunity for students, who for a variety of reasons, are unable to achieve success in the traditional school environment and who have difficulty coping with the conventional structures, instructional methods and curriculum delivery of the traditional school setting.


  1. To assist students in addressing their academic, social and emotional needs in a more individualized, flexible, non-threatening learning environment.
  2. To provide students with educational programs and experiences to develop the necessary skills and confidence to make successful transitions back to their home school, to other educational opportunities, or possibly to the workplace.


  • To provide individual students with the educational, social and emotional support to become successful learners.
  • To enable students to develop a "sense of success", a positive self-image and confidence in their own abilities.
  • To acknowledge and reinforce the uniqueness and worth of each student.
  • To encourage each student to view his/her educational experiences as worthwhile and valuable.
  • To enable students to develop positive relationships with peers, teachers, family, and other community members.
  • To enable students to set and achieve personal, educational and career goals.
  • To enable students to understand their personal learning styles, strengths and needs, and to benefit from more individualized and self-paced learning.
  • To assist students in making appropriate decisions, communicating effectively, and taking responsibility for the consequences of their decisions.
  • To encourage and assist students to return successfully to the regular school setting.


Target Group:

  • Male & female students aged 16-18 years (may consider mature 15 year olds); going into grade 10 or 11 for the upcoming semester
  • Lives in the catchment area of Central Kings, Northeast Kings or Horton
  • Has attended an AVRSB school during all or part of the past school semester (students not meeting this requirement will be considered once seats are filled by current AVRSB students)
  • Difficulty achieving success in the traditional school setting
  • Would benefit from support in learning in a small, more individualized class setting
  • Would benefit from more hands-on, experiential activities
  • At risk of dropping out / leaving school early
  • Potential to be successful given this intervention / programming
  • Academically able (academic ability not primary need)
  • May have difficulty with regular school attendance
  • May have difficulty in getting along with peers and teachers
  • May have been retained at least once in Junior High / Middle level
  • May have had frequent in-school or out-of-school suspensions
  • Support person - both personal (guardian, adult family friend, etc) and school-based (teacher, counselor, admin)
  • Willingness to participate in ALL components of the experiential school, including academics, school trips & workshops, and physical activities

Program Overview:

  • PSP course credits (the same as at all high schools throughout the province): students have the opportunity to earn 15 high school credits (18 are needed to graduate in NS) over a two year period, courses are offered on a two-year rotation and include Math/Foundations 10 & 11, English 10 & 11, English Communications 11, Science 10, Oceans 11, Agriculture 11, Exploring Technology 10, Multimedia 12, Drama 10 & 11, Canadian History 11, Global Geography 12, Physical Education 10 & 11, Physically Active Living 11, Career Development 10, Co-operative Education 12, and Duke of Edinburgh 10 (Bronze Award).
  • Tutorial time is provided during which time students can receive additional one-on-one and small group support with course work, and can also receive support to improve basic literacy & numeracy skills
  • Service learning, community service projects
  • School Psychologist on-site several times per month to (1) facilitate full-group and small group sessions, and (2) to provide (with signed consent) individual counseling sessions
  • Social & personal skill development:
    • problem solving strategies
    • options to anger workshops
    • personal interaction skills
    • setting & achieving goals
    • self-esteem & confidence building
    • self-ownership
  • Career preparation & exploration with a work experience component
  • Employment related certifications and workshops
  • Additional workshops on relevant teen issues
  • Experiential education / adventure-based activities

Program Delivery Method:

  • Holistic approach
  • Experiential education activities
  • Student-centered teaching / learning
  • Greater emphasis on small group and individualized instruction
  • Cross-curricular, interdisciplinary approach
  • Diversified assessment / evaluation methods to accommodate individual students' strengths & needs