Our communities can access alternative education programming and courses through their local secondary school. In Timmins, alternative education programming is carried out through the P.A.C.E. Centre located in downtown Timmins. Speak to a guidance counsellor at your local secondary school to learn about alternative education options. The local guidance counsellor can help determine which of our alternative education programs best suits your needs.
District School Board Ontario North East has the following Alternative Education programs available:
- Independent Study Courses
Available in booklet form, these courses are divided into 20 lessons. After 10 lessons, students must complete a midterm exam, supervised at their local secondary school. After students complete lesson 20, a final exam or culminating activity must be completed and supervised at their local secondary school. Students read the lesson material, answer key questions, complete assignments and submit them via e-mail to their marker. If students can't submit their lessons via email, they can take them to their local secondary school for help with having lesson scanned and emailed. These courses also require that a student pass the supervised midterm and final exam in order to earn the credit.
- e-Learning Courses
These courses are completed online with students accessing the content on a computer. There are online discussions and assignments to be completed. Other than using a web browser, no special software is generally required for courses. Available e-learning courses can be accessed through the e-Learning page link above. These courses are designed to run from September to January and February to June. It is important that you register for e-learning courses at the start of a semester in September and in February.
- College Accelerated Program
This program is for students 18 years or older who have 27 or more credits. Courses will be taken at Northern College and they will count towards your secondary diploma.
- College Link
College Link is a unique program for students who wish to complete their high school education in a college environment. The mixture of secondary school and college level courses are taught in a classroom at a Northern College campus. Students in Timmins, Kirkland Lake and New Liskeard can access College Link programs. This program is designed for students between the ages of 18 and 21 who have been out of school for a year or more and have 22 or more credits.
- PLAR for Mature Students
If you are over 18 years old and have been out of school for more than one year, you might want to consider PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition). Students have their knowledge and skills evaluated through a series of assessments. Depending on the results, a student may earn all or some of their grade 9 and 10 credits. There is also a process for earning equivalency credits for grade 11 and 12 courses. Visit the guidance department of your local secondary school to inquire about PLAR or view the following information in Curriculum section.