The Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education offers four alternative programs for secondary school students under the age of 18 who are struggling with their academic and non-academic needs at their home school.  These programs include: Change, Transformations, Crossroads and New Hope.

These programs share the academic/non-academic responsibility of the student with the home school. Program teachers deliver curriculum for the students’ academic needs using various strategies, such as Differentiated Instruction, Universal Design, small group collaboration, and one to one direct instruction. Credit deficits and maintaining grade appropriate course loads are supported by our program teachers.

The non-academic component is led by our school-based Social Worker and Child & Youth Counsellor. Their role includes addressing the non-academic social and emotional needs that are affecting a student’s academic performance and daily self-management skills.

For all programs a re-entry plan is developed in conjunction with the home school to assist in the transition back to school or a new school.