Algoma Education Connection (AEC)
In June 2010 all of the alternative programs were amalgamated into one alternative high school called the Algoma Education Connection. All of the teachers and supports recognized the benefits of being one large school which operates out of several different sites around the city.
Over the past several years the programs have experienced an increase in enrollment and at one point AEC became the third largest high school in the Board. During the 2012-2013 school year there were over 800 adds and deletes to the school register with students leaving and returning to take courses to complete their OSSD or staying with the alternative programs for a short time and returning to their composite high schools to have a fresh start in a new semester or to graduate with their cohort year.
The AEC sites have bi-weekly attendance meetings / student success meetings. Re-engagement phone calls to students as well as contact with the home and community services are the hallmark of what we do to keep students from dropping out or slipping through the cracks in the education system. These methods have been successful in assisting students to reach their full potential and earn their Secondary School diploma. A secondary goal for the alternative programs is to transition students to their post-secondary education through dual credits, college visits, shadowing a student, attending open house activities or making application to attend College. Very few of our clients make application to attend university but we would assist them with that registration process as well.
Prince Charles Secondary School
Prince Charles Secondary School (formerly the Late School) provides an opportunity for students unable to attend regular high school classes to complete their high school diploma. All classes are held at Prince Charles Secondary School, 550 Northern Ave (across from Sault College). Classes run from 10:00am to 2:30pm pm Monday to Friday.
Prince Charles Secondary School offers:
• Independent learning
• Personalized instruction
• Self-paced learning
• Free on-site YMCA babysitting service
• City bus passes to eligible students
• A variety of high school credited courses
Students who are 16 to 20 years and not attending school can attend Prince Charles Secondary School and may participate in all extra-curricular activities.
Students enrolled at Prince Charles can also be timetabled into regular day school courses.
For more information, contact your Guidance department or call Prince Charles Secondary School at 705.945.7194. You can start at any time!
Kina Awiiya Secondary Program
The Kina Awiiya Secondary Program (formerly Urban Aboriginal School) is a very unique partnership between our Board and the local Indian Friendship Centre (IFC). Traditional cultural events and celebrations with the local First Nations community / band offices are practiced throughout the school year. The foods classes prepare healthy snacks and daily lunches to help nourish the students and aid in their daily learning. This school / partnership has a real sense of community and the students who attend feel very comfortable studying in a smaller classroom environment.
The Kina Awiiya Secondary Program infuses First Nation Cultural values, aspirations and beliefs into all areas of the curriculum. English courses select literature that is culturally based or culturally significant; the foods program and the Outdoor Education program also choose projects and activities designed with native heritage and cultural teachings in mind.
The program started with one classroom, one teacher and 25 students on the second floor of the Indian Friendship Centre in 2001. It now occupies the second floor of Etienne Brule Public School on Albert Street West.
Kina Awiiya Secondary Requirements & Responsibilities:
Students should be a least 16 years of age and out of school for at least one month. Part-time students must attend a minimum of 7.5 hours per week and full-time students must attend a minimum of 15 hours per week. Students must also complete 2 lessons per week and participate in monthly student meetings.
To find out what Courses are available please click here.
Kina Awiiya Secondary Program (formerly Urban Aboriginal School)
241 Albert St. West
Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 7B6
Main Office 705-945-7122
Principal's Line 705-945-7122 ext 28500
Guidance / Student Success 705-945-7122 ext 28540
For further information contact: IFC Education Coordinator at 705-945-0963
Or visit the Sault Ste Marie Indian Friendship Centre website at: