- Who attends the Alternative School Centre?
- What services are offered at ASC?
- What kinds of courses can I take at ASC?
- What if I need help with my courses?
- How do I stay on track?
- What do I do when I want to work at the school?
- What can I bring into the school?
- When do I write exams?
- How is my mark calculated?
- How do I get a bus pass?
- Can my friends & parents help me with my work?
- How do I register?
- What does it cost to attend ASC?
Students in the ASC can be blended ...
- range in age from grade 1 through grade 12, including adults.
- Independent study students often prefer to enroll in courses which they work very independently, with some support.
- Independent students have to be very self motivated and not rely on others to "crack the whip".
- Independent Study students often have unusual employment/personal commitments.
- Direct instruction students often really like our no more than a dozen students per class size.
- wish to accelerate their high school program
Individual Instruction - The school features one-to-one instructional assistance on an appointment basis. Students primarily work at home, but may work at the ASC facilities, access computers, and resources (teacher help, etc).
Direct Instruction- Many of our students attend attendance based courses. This provides a more traditional classroom situation with smaller classes. Students can register for DI courses prior to the start of each semester.
Wrap-Around/Student Services - The school provides academic, career and personal counseling, as well as liaison with community agencies like Social Workers and Youth Mental Health on site. We support thinking about drug use with our Youth Addictions counsellor.
Career Counseling - Career counseling assistance and liaison to community agencies is offered by the teachers at the Alternative School Centre. We also have a career counselor and personal counselor who work in and out of ASC every week. An appointment is just a phone call away.
Program of Studies
- The students will follow the Alberta Education Program of Studies.
- Where appropriate, students may use the Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) courses and study guides.
- Courses may be supplemented or developed with materials from ASC teachers.
Every grade 10-12 course you have completed will be on your Alberta Transcript.
The Alternative School Centre offers all core courses and a variety of optional courses through our ASC Programs and/or Home Education Program.
Work Experience is offered for 3 to 10 credits which requires 25 hours of work time per credit. To be eligible to register in this program, students must meet with the Work Experience Co-ordinator, Mr. Burley.
Registration is available through ASC. Home Education may utilize the materials developed by Alberta Education (some course applies) or parents may choose to use their own curriculum. Please see the Home Education Co-ordinator for more details. Most parents who talk to us about this also consider our "ASC" model which provides materials, structure, teacher feedback and other resources. Home schooling decisions are free to the parents to make and comes with no teacher support, only administrator oversight. Parents are required by law to have a detailed plan. The ASC Home Education Co-ordinator oversees this, normally with home visits.
Students are welcome to access instruction or teacher assistance at any time during office hours. This instruction can be accessed by appointment, drop-in visits to the school, by telephone, fax, or email.
See the STAFF PAGE for names and hours of individual teachers. Call the school to book your teacher-appointment. Regular drop-in times are scheduled for some subjects.
Students who plan their time carefully will experience greater success. We suggest:
- Students utilize the calendar booklet provided to them at the time of registration.
- Use support from your Mentor teacher or the Course lead teacher to help with completing courses in a timely manner.
- Regularly attend the Independent Study area and participate in other school activities.
Students attending ASC are considered to be respectful individuals. It is expected that the student’s behavior is that of a respectful individual while at the school. Senior High students can take breaks in designated areas.
Please bring in your course materials. Resources such as atlases and dictionaries are available, as are computers. Snacks and lunches are encouraged. There is a microwave and water cooler available for students.
It is of critical importance that students not bring articles to school that may pose a safety risk to others or that may offend some individuals. RDPSD has formulated a list of a few items classified as contraband. Students must not bring these and other similar items to school under any circumstances. If these items arrive at the school, they will be confiscated. Parents or guardians may claim items by meeting with the principal or designate. Possession of some contraband items may result in suspension from school with a recommendation for expulsion. A list of Contraband items is available from the school.
All students: Most courses have a final exam. Many courses will have quizzes or mid-term exams as well. These exams can be booked in advance. Students have some flexibility in choosing dates and times except for Diploma and other Provincial tests in Grades 6 and 9.
Grade 6 & 9 students are required to write Provincial Achievement Exams. Please note the dates and times published in the agenda book. Exemptions are ONLY granted by the Minister of Education. Students are only required to write exams for courses that they are registered in.
High School Students: Final exams, for each semester, need to be completed on or before the date stated by their teacher and in the agenda book at the time of course registration. It is the student’s responsibility to book a time to write any final exams.
Diploma Level Courses:
All 30 level Core Courses have Diploma Exams, as well as course final exams. YOU MUST WRITE BOTH.
Dates for these Diploma Exams are set by Alberta Education and cannot be changed. All diploma exams are written at ASC unless otherwise noted. More information regarding Diploma exams can be found at https://education.alberta.ca/writing-diploma-exams
High School: For the majority of subjects, course work constitutes 70% of the final mark, whereas the Final Exam counts for 30% except for diploma courses of which most are 75% for course work and 25% for the final exam. Refer to the course outline for specific details. ASC does not issue report cards. A copy of a student’s marks will be given upon request and is available through Powerschool
Grade 9 & Under: For the majority of subjects, course work constitutes 75% of the final mark, whereas the Final Exam counts for 25%. A report card will be issued four times per year.
Bus passes are picked up and sold monthly. Both restricted and unrestricted passes are available. The same transportation and fee guidelines apply to all schools. Only "active students" are eligible. An active student is one who hands in no less than one full assignment per month. A one-credit course should be done within a month regardless of how many modules are in the course.
Anyone can help you with your course work. It is important that the work you are handing in is completely your own. Do not let people help you by showing you how to do the exact question you are questioning. They should help you with the ideas that help you apply your understanding and knowledge to the question. It is unacceptable to hand in any work that has been plagiarized. Plagiarism is copying four or more words of someone else’s work, eg. internet essays, books, plays, magazines, speeches, etc.
If you are in doubt, it is best to confirm with your teacher. If your final exam mark drops below 40% in all (but diploma) courses, the final exam mark is the only mark you get for the course. This is meant to encourage studying, honest practice, honest assignment work and to keep Alberta Education Standards high for awarding credits.
See the registration document on the home page for information. You can register at nearly any point in the typical school year.
Our partner, "Community Programs" runs summer school, August Diploma exams and Winter night school.
See the registration document on the home page for information.