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Alternative Education

Alternative Education

Barrydowne College

Re-engagement secondary school for students 18 to 21 who want to return to secondary school and earn a high school diploma.

Barrydowne College is a re-engagement school in partnership with Cambrian College. This secondary school within a college supports students ages 18 to 21 who would benefit from a small class learning environment and who have not been successful in a regular secondary school. The setting, with small class sizes, individualized instruction and a flexible timetable, allows for a focus on programming designed to meet student needs. The school offers a wide variety of courses including elective credits such as Art, Food and Nutrition, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies as well as the Arts and Culture SHSM. Students earn credits, build soft skills and develop links to community college programs including Dual Credits. Students also have the potential of earning paid Co-operative Education credits.

To learn more, please call Principal Laurie-Ann Lielkalns at 705-566-2302.

1400 Barrydowne Road, Room 1455 (Main Office)
Sudbury, Ontario P3A 3V8
Email: [email protected]

To learn more, visit the Barrydowne College website at the link below.

Barrydowne College website

N’Swakamok Alternative School

The N’Swakamok Alternative School is located in the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre. Indigenous learners who are 18 years of age and older earn credits towards their diploma.

Course material is presented through an Indigenous lens, where students work via e-learning, Co-operative Education, Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) and hands-on courses.

Students receive individualized support within a friendly community where they have access to various programs and services.

Holistic, cultural and land-based activities meet the needs of Indigenous learners.

The Friendship Centre provides the facility, the Coordinator and a clerical support worker, and Rainbow District School Board provides two educators.

Memorandum of Understanding

The N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and Rainbow District School Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding January 30, 2008 for the N’Swakamok Alternative School, renewing a long-time partnership.

Rainbow District School Board and the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre recognize the need to provide culturally relevant services and options to Indigenous students who wish to obtain a high school diploma. The Memorandum of Understanding reaffirms this collective commitment to Indigenous youth.

The Ministry of Education has identified Indigenous education as a key priority in Ontario, aimed at improving student achievement for all Indigenous students, including status and non-status First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth. The vision is to create a better future for Indigenous children and youth in Ontario.

The Memorandum of Understanding will have a direct impact on students by strengthening educational opportunities and increasing the pathways available to Indigenous students to complete their secondary school diploma or successfully connect with postsecondary education, apprenticeships and/or the workplace.  The agreement also provides for support services to address the concerns of Indigenous students to ensure educational success for all.

For more information, please call 705-674-2128.