Hay River - Storefront Education Centre
Operating out of Diamond Jenness Secondary School in Hay River, the Storefront Education Centre aims to remove barriers in order for students to be successful. By creating a flexible environment and encouraging students to create their own futures, this alternative education program has helped students to have positive experiences with school and in turn improve their intellectual engagement.
Storefront caters to adults returning to complete their education, as well as youth who are missing courses for graduation and cannot fit them into their daily schedule, or who are having difficulty adjusting to the structure of a regular high school.
Fort Smith - Phoenix School
Named by students to symbolize renewal or a second chance, the Phoenix School in Fort Smith allows students to direct their own learning and work at their own pace.
The classroom operates out of room 115/116 at Paul W. Kaeser High School. Please enter through the main doors. Certified teachers are available Monday to Friday from 8:35 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The classroom is also open evenings Monday to Thursday from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
The primary focus of the Phoenix School is to help students coming from all walks of life to achieve their education goals, whether it be graduation, entry into the workforce, or post-secondary studies. Instead of focusing on attendance, students focus on progressing towards meeting their goals. Students are expected to enrol in a minimum of 15 credits of coursework to be completed over the course of the year, but are given flexibility in how they complete them.
They are given the option of taking a variety of courses ranging from levelled, skill-building programs designed to help meet pre-requisites of other courses, to locally-supported distance education courses, to courses offered by Paul W. Kaeser High School. The classroom operates out of the high school, but does not follow the normal bell schedule or semesters.
The Phoenix School is not just a centre for adults wishing to come back and complete their education, but is also for youth who are missing courses for graduation and cannot fit them into their daily schedule, or who are having difficulty adjusting to the structure of high school.
Program teachers meet with each student to support them in developing an individualized and time-oriented education plan, and then continue to have regular conferences with students to review their process and reassess goals if necessary. Students are well supported, but are still expected to control the direction of their education.
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Adults wishing to complete their high school diplomas are encouraged to contact their school principal to register at the school.
Alternately, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment delivers a program called Adult Literacy and Basic Education (ALBE).