Alternative Education – Dispelling the Myth

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One challenge we have working with youth who do not fit within the “standard school” mold is finding the program that fits for them – one that meets their needs academically as well as socially and emotionally.

Through restructuring in the Cowichan Valley, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to repurpose a 100-year-old elementary site into an Open Learning Centre. This Open Learning Centre brought together our high school alternate school, a middle alternate program, K-9 distance learning, 10-12 distance learning, Adult Education, Careers and Dual Credit all into one site with two school buildings, two daycares, and two gyms (one converted into a Carpentry program).

Through the repurposing of the building, we are now able to share staffing resources and the facility.

Our inquiry question…is the sharing of staffing and resources on a shared campus resulting in:

  • Improved student learning
  • Increased student satisfaction and retention
  • Improved student transition (between programs, to work, to graduation)
  • Partnership Projects
  • Cowichan Valley
  • Experiential learning
  • Cowichan Valley Open Learning Cooperative, Cowichan Valley Distributed Learning, Cowichan Adult Learning Centre
  • Larry Mattin

    Rod Allen
    Cowichan Valley School District