Alternative Education

Alternative Education

Barrydowne College

For students 18 to 20 who want to return to secondary school and earn a high school diploma.

This program is being offered in partnership with Cambrian College. This school within a college supports students ages 18 to 20 who would benefit from a small class learning environment and who have not been successful in a regular secondary school. The setting, with a small class size and individualized curriculum, will focus on programming designed to meet student needs as they work towards earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students will earn credits, build social skills, and develop links to community college programs including Dual Credits. Students will also have access to Youth Employment Services, giving them an opportunity to explore pathways to work, apprenticeship, college and university.

The program will encourage students to stay in school or find viable employment. Students can obtain more information about this program by contacting Principal Kristina Rivard Gobbo at 705.566.2302.

1400 Barrydowne Road, Room 1455 (Main Office)
Sudbury, Ontario P3A 3V8
Telephone: 705.566.2302

To learn more, visit the Barrydowne College website.

Barrydowne College website.

N’Swakamok Native Alternative School

The N’Swakamok Native Alternative School operates as a satellite of Sudbury Secondary School in partnership with the N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre. The Friendship Centre provides the facility and two staff members – a Native Education Support Worker and a Clerical Support Worker. Rainbow District School Board provides the teaching staff.

To attend the school First Nations, Métis and Inuit students must be a minimum of 16 years old and out of school for a period of time. Students work at their own pace on independent learning courses modified to include Native content. Students receive one-on-one assistance from teachers.

The N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre provides a warm and friendly environment where students have access to all other programs and services offered within the Centre. The N’Swakamok Native Alternative School also offers an adult literacy program providing Native adults with an opportunity to upgrade their literacy and numeracy skills so they can one day successfully complete credit courses towards their secondary school diploma.

The N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre and Rainbow District School Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding January 30, 2008 for the N’Swakamok Native 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 Native students who wish to obtain a high school diploma. The Memorandum of Understanding reaffirms this collective commitment to Native youth.

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

For more information, please call 705.674.2128

O’Connor Park Program

The O’Connor Park Program serves children and youth in care from 14-18 years of age.

Many of these students struggle to make meaningful connections to teachers, struggle with addictions and struggle making good choices in life.  Many students are in and out of jail.

The purpose of the program is to create a safe place for youth where mental health and addictions supports can be part of their everyday education.

Students are encouraged to create a future story for themselves by taking advantage of a wide variety of supports.

Students are engaged in community activities, which build future connections for students to access as they transition to independent living.