Achievement and SIP

School Improvement Plans and Initiatives

The five Alternate Programs are constantly working to make sure that we respond to students’ needs. Our focus is always on achieving student success. Our areas of school improvement reflect district initiatives, but more importantly also focus on issues that will make a difference for our students. We try to enrich and enhance the educational experience we provide for our students and make sure that we support not only their academic needs, but those social and emotional issues that impact on their lives. Our goal is to ensure that our students achieve excellence and take responsibility for their own learning in a safe, caring, and equitable environment that acknowledges persistence . We work to ensure that they have every support they need to achieve success and move on with their lives!

Measures of Student Achievement and Success

  • Students in the Alternate Programs experience outstanding success!
  • Graduation ceremonies are a celebration of student achievement. Over 300 students graduate each year from our programs.
  • Families are audible in their praise for the Alternate Programs and the difference the sites make in the lives of their children.
  • Families and students comment that they have never experienced success at school until they started at Alternate.
  • Graduates return to visit with a deep appreciation of what they have achieved and who they have become. They are our strongest advocates.
  • Students move onto apprenticeships, college, university and the work of work.
  • Several of our graduates are now teachers in the OCDSB!

Student Achievement and Success

  • focus on credit accumulation through the use of our Credit Rescue and Credit Recovery programs.
  • careful monitoring of student progress through regular Student Concern/Success meetings.
  • provide increased opportunities for students to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • encourage students to advocate for their own learning needs.
  • improve the success rate on OSSLT by improving the participation rate.
  • further integrate the OCDSB's Assessment and Evaluation Policies and Procedures into our instructional practices

Building a Community of Caring

  • providing the supports our students need to enhance their academic success
  • consistently striving to find new and more effective ways to support our students and build success
  • using activities that are student and staff driven to enhance the learning at our sites
  • embedding character development within all subject/focus areas
  • establishing a Professional Learning Community and focus group to examine and profile exemplary work


  • expanding and developing partnerships with businesses and other employers
  • enhancing coop opportunities for our students
  • responding to our community and the need for skilled employees
  • building flexible programs to allow students to work, but also stay in school
  • encouraging OYAP opportunities and participation in our House Building Focus Program
  • forging partnerships with Rideauwood, Community Resource Agencies, John Howard Youth Employment Agency, Youth Net, CHEO, Youth Services Bureau, Growing Up Organic, and many others
  • Supporting projects such as the Healthy Eating Project, We Schools, and EcoSchools
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