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Alternative Schools for the TDSB

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      Children come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and family structures. Some like sports; others enjoy reading, dancing or music. Some are fascinated with science and technology. Others enjoy animals, nature and the outdoors. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) recognizes there is no one-size-fits-all method when it comes to education. The TDSB has established several innovative alternative school programs that students may choose over traditional schools beginning as early as kindergarten and continuing through high school.

    Africentric Alternative School

    • The Africentric Alternative School is for grades JK-5. Like the other alternative elementary schools, it has a small student population and is committed to innovative and experimental programs. There is strong parental involvement in the school. Each of the alternative schools has a distinctive feature not available in the mainstream programs. The Africentric Alternative School integrates the perspectives, experiences and histories of African descendants into the mandated curriculum.

      Africentric Alternative School

      1430 Sheppard Ave. W, North

      York, ON

      M3M2W9

    Alpha II Alternative School

    • Alpha II Alternative School is a student-directed school for grades 7-12. Students teach themselves by pursuing their own interests in their own way. They work at their own pace and keep a student portfolio. They decide why they want to pursue the study of a particular topic. There are no grades and no competitions.

      Alpha II Alternative School

      980 Dufferin St.

      Toronto, ON

      M6H4B4

    East Alternative School of Toronto (E.A.S.T.)

    • E.A.S.T. integrates the arts throughout the mandated curriculum. The school also has a social justice curriculum that stresses critical-thinking skills. The student body is made up of 34 students in grade 7 and 34 in grade 8. There is a strong emphasis on parent involvement and commitment.

      E.A.S.T.

      21 Boultbee Ave.

      Toronto, ON

      M4J1A7

    Hawthorne II Bilingual

    • Hawthorne II Bilingual is for grades JK-6 and is the largest alternative elementary school in the TDSB with a student enrollment of 200. It is also the only bilingual/French school. The students speak English as a first language, but the parents are committed to teaching French. Students receive instruction for 20 minutes per day in JK. This gradually increases each year. By grade 6, the students receive 120 minutes of French instruction per day.

      Hawthorne II Bilingual

      50 Essex St.

      Toronto, ON

      M6G1T3

    Year Round Alternative School

    • The Year Round Alternative School has 30 students ranging in age from 16 to 18. Students take traditional 9th- and 10th-grade courses and may choose to integrate into a high school or another alternative high school after grade 10. The core subjects are taught to fit the age and life experience of the students. If the students choose to stay at Year Round Alternative for grades 11 and 12, they do work-experience programs.

      Year Round Alternative School

      640 Lawrence Ave. E, Floor 1st

      North York, ON

      M6A1B1

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