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Personalized Alternative Education
Personalized Alternative Education
PAE are a system of educational alternatives that have grown from the grass roots in each school. They are distinguished from main stream programming in that they frequently use an unconventional classroom settings and altered timetables in order to service the individual needs to students.

Most PAE programmes take a wholistic approach to student progress in that we create student programmes with the entire student in mind (social, emotional, mental, academic).

There is a focus on developing the skill set required for the 21st century learning.

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence
  • Agility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
  • Effective Oral and Written Communication
  • Accessing and Analyzing Information
  • Curiosity and Imagination

Programmes include:

Quadmester Programmes
These are nine week, two period courses that run four times per year. Courses vary by school and region. Some schools offer multi-level, multi grade courses which run on a reduced class size (1:16 teacher student ratio).

PAE Semestered Programmes
These programmes are unique and vary from location to location. They operate on a reduced class size (1:16 teacher student ratio) and combine teacher directed courses with independent learning and credit recovery. They generally follow the regular school semester.

Experiential, Community Based Programmes
These programmes generally utilize community partnerships to provide real world projects. They usually include both class room learning and experiential, field work. Programme duration varies: some are full year others are semestered. All field work is directly supervised by the teacher.

Work Based Programmes (CBE)
These semester long programmes combine work experience with class room learning. Programmes consist of an in class component where students earn a core credit such as English or Math. The other days they earn ALEP (Community Based Education) credits for performing well in a job placement.

SAL Programmes
Students must be referred to SAL by the school administration. The intake must be finalized by the central board SAL committee. Once admitted to SAL, students will have time tables created on an individual basis which may include CBE, ILP, Credit Recovery or in teacher directed instruction.

Dual Credit Programmes
These courses are conducted with the co-operation and partnership of one of Ontario's colleges. Students will earn both college and high school credit for these courses. Dual credits courses are generally for mature students who are in their final year of high school.

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