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Alternative Programs. Goals, Inclusion, K & E, TRY 10

The Inclusive Education Team at Bellerose Composite High School is committed to providing responsible, inclusive programming. Our students are provided with an opportunity to maximize their education within both our school community, and the city of St. Albert. Students graduating from our programs will have had every opportunity to reach their greatest level of academic ability, independence in accessing community services, and developing meaningful skill sets.

Bellerose Composite High School offers three strands of student-focused programming to meet each individual student’s needs:

  1. Gaining Occupational & Life Skills (GOALS)
  2. Beyond Education, Living & Learning (BELL)
  3. Knowledge and Employability (K & E)

Our students may participate in one or more strands of programming. Programs may be blended to offer our students a truly individualized experience.

Gaining Occupational & Life Skills (GOALS)

The GOALS Program is individualized to support each student’s needs and maximize his or her strengths. School staff will work in partnership with students and families to ensure successful student-focused planning. Inclusive-minded programming focuses on students being engaged and connected to their school and community. Technology will be used as a tool to facilitate 21st Century learning and increase independence.

Structure: Academics (Literacy and Numeracy), Work Experience (an introduction to the development of skill sets required for workplace success), Human Relations (emphasizing self-awareness and building relationships), and Personal Management (learning to organize, and plan for oneself, using tools for greater independence).

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BELL (Beyond Education, Living & Learning)

The BELL Program is a new program, designed to act as a springboard for returning students (post-grade 12 graduates) to build the skill sets, opportunities and experiences he or she will need to be prepared for a successful transition into adult life.

Structure: Work Experience (staff will assist students in finding an appropriate work placement that will further enhance the student’s employable skills), and CTS Course Experience (students will be assigned to CTS courses in their area of interest).

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Knowledge and Employability (K&E) Courses

Since inclusive-minded programming focuses on students maximizing their strengths, quite often the Dash 4 route may become an option. Some students may be capable of earning a High School Certificate of Achievement.

“These courses provide students with opportunities to experience success and become well-prepared for employment, further post-secondary studies, engaged citizenship, and life-long learning. They are intended to maximize opportunities for student success and to support high school completion.

Knowledge and Employability courses assist students in:

  • transitioning from school to the workplace and community
  • preparing for ethical citizenship
  • gaining recognition, respect, and value from employers
  • attaining access to continuing education opportunities”
Alberta Education 2016 (http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/kes/pdf/or_ws_admin_01_infomanual.pdf)

Students participating in this stream can also enter into RAP or Work Experience for further training in preparation for specific employment opportunites, or they can challenge an additional six courses and complete their Alberta High School Diploma.

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Transitional Recommended Year (TRY 10)

The TRY 10 Program is for students who require academic support, need extra one-on-one help from their teachers (i.e. organizational and time management strategies), and have an overall academic need (not just one subject area). Students will be accepted into the program based upon referral from their junior high teachers/counsellor. TRY 10 will be offered subject to sufficient enrolment. TRY 10 will involve students being placed in a cohort group for their Grade 10 year. They will travel as a cohort to their core classes throughout the year. These classes include English Language Arts 10-2, Social Studies 10-2, Science 14, and Math 10-3. They will be able to choose their own options, but may be limited in their selection based on the restrictions of their core course placements. We are attempt to create smaller class sizes for the program, in order to best support learner needs. The grey boxes below denote the Diploma Route.

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