The Board supports the provision of alternative programs within the Division as an educational choice for students and parents.
As defined in the Education Act, an alternative program is an educational program that emphasizes a particular language, culture, religion or subject matter, or uses a particular teaching philosophy; but that is not a special education program.
Alternative programs in the Division currently consist of French Immersion, Ukrainian Bilingual, Alternative Christian, Logos Christian, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Outreach.
- Alternative programs shall:
- emphasize a particular language, culture, religion or subject matter, or use a particular teaching philosophy which is distinctly different from that emphasized in the regular program;
- be established only with Board approval of a detailed program proposal;
- be closed only with Board approval;
- receive a Division budget allocation upon approval by the Board; and
- be allowed to charge a non-instructional fee.
- The Principal, alternative program society, or other proponents shall submit to the Superintendent, or designate, a proposal to establish an alternative program according to the guidelines provided in an administrative procedure.
- Where an alternative program is offered as an alternative school:
- the alternative school shall not qualify for the small school allocation; and
- the alternative school shall receive all other budget allocations and services available to other schools.
- Criteria for approval and continued support of an alternative program include:
- all Division policies and procedures apply unless specifically exempted by the Board;
- there is a supportable education approach and there are numbers of students sufficient to warrant the program;
- the program is financially viable within the operational budget submitted as part of the program proposal;
- the program does not interfere with any student’s access to a regular program of instruction;
- the program follows the Program of Studies for Alberta;
- the program is integrated as part of the Division within existing schools wherever feasible;
- transportation to alternative programs shall be granted according to Board Policy 17: Student Transportation Services or as per an agreement in the program proposal; and
- staff shall be employed by, evaluated by, and responsible to the Division, according to Division procedures.
- Alternative programs shall be reviewed by administration every five years. The Board shall receive these program evaluations as completed.
- The Board shall decide whether the alternative program will be terminated.
Sections 7, 11, 17, 19, 55 Education Act
Alberta Education (2010) Alternative Programs Handbook
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