Alternate Education Program

Mission Statement:

To provide a high school educational opportunity for students in grades 8 through 12, who for a variety of reasons, are unable to achieve success in a traditional school environment. It is located in the Celtic Family of Schools (Pictou County).

Goals of the School:

  • To address students’ academic, social and emotional needs in a flexible, individualized learning environment.
  • To provide educational experiences and skill development necessary for students’ next steps. This may include:
    • completing credits for graduation
    • support for transitioning back to home school
    • enabling part-time study
    • employability skills and preparation for the workforce
  • To explore fitness, recreational, and job-related opportunities in our community


Is this program for me?

Are you:

  • enrolled in Grade 8 through 12?
  • interested in obtaining your high school diploma?
  • not having success in school but feel like you could?
  • sometimes have difficulty getting along with classmates and/or teachers?
  • experiencing difficulty with regular school attendance?
  • at risk for dropping out of school early?
  • interested in making personal changes in your life and willing to work towards these changes in a supportive, individualized environment?
  • willing to participate in project- based, service learning, and community connected learning?

What we offer:

  • Flexible and individualized academic programming
  • Flexible scheduling
  • An opportunity to learn through hands-on, experiential, and project based experiences
  • Small classes
  • A focus on personal growth and development
  • Opportunities to explore community resources and career information


How can I become a student in this program?

  1. See your school counselor or administrator for an application form.
  2. Complete and submit your application form to….
  3. Attend an assessment meeting and interview with the Alternative Education Program Principal and staff.
  4. Wait to hear if you have been selected to attend.


Students must make a commitment to:

  • Attend regularly
  • Participate fully in academic work as well as recreational and community-based activities
  • Engage in social-emotional aspects of the program
  • Contribute to a safe, healthy, welcoming, and positive learning environment