New alternate education program for Barriere Secondary

For students working towards graduation but having difficulty managing traditional school rotation,

School District 73 is working hard to improve school completion rates for all learners, and trying to catch those students who would otherwise ‘fall through the cracks,” says Barriere Secondary’s Vice-Principal Mark McVittie.

He advises that for those who may not be aware, BSS now has an alternate education program that runs two days a week at the Barriere Ridge building for students in the grade 7 to 12 age group.

“We are calling the alternate education option our ‘Flex Program’, and it is designed to assist a variety of students with completing their education,” tells McVittie, “We have a number of students in the community that have not been able (for a variety of reasons) to attend a traditional education program at BSS, and this program is designed to help those students.”

McVittie added that BSS teacher, Mr. Ladd Maloski, will be in the Ridge building on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. to help these students move forward with their education.

“We have students who need one or two courses to graduation,”said McVittie, “Some who have had difficulty attending regularly and are working on an individualized program, and some students who are working on an online or ‘home’ school program that require a little face-to-face support here and there.”

He also notes that there is plenty of space to support more students, including those that may be working on distance programs from other schools/districts or online programs.

If you know someone in Barriere, who should be in school but isn’t (grade 7-12 age), please encourage him or her to contact the school for more information, as this program might be the perfect fit.

“Completing high school opens a world of opportunities for students,” said McVittie.

To find out more about the Barriere Secondary alternate education ‘Flex Program’ please contact the school at: 250-672-9943.

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