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Personalized Alternative Education Department 314
Personalized Alternative Education Department

Ms. K. Khalil
Department Head


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 and altered timetables in order to service the indivual 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

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 progammes 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.

Taken from the York Region District School Board Website.

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