Secondary Overview

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Brighton School’s innovative High School program features three different modes: Credit, Pre-Credit, and Alternative (Non-Credit).



Brighton’s innovative Secondary program is designed to address the needs of students who would have difficulties meeting the demands of a typical high school program and social environment.  We offer Ontario Ministry of Education credit courses, as well as “alternative” pre-credit and non-credit courses.  Students may enroll in all credit, all non-credit, or a mixture of both credit and non-credit courses.

Our programs are selected and designed for students who are identified with an Exceptionality (i.e., Aspergers, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Language Impairment, or Mild Intellectual Disability).  All students at Brighton have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), and all teachers are Ontario Certified Teachers (OCT) with additional Special Education qualifications.



  • For students who would benefit from the slower pace of extended “full year courses” rather than semestered courses
  • For students who may want or need a reduced workload of secondary credits
  • Smaller class sizes and fewer transitions
  • Supports challenges with social skills, self-regulation or work habits
  • Provides individualized programming, accommodations and learning strategies
  • Earn up to 14 credits at Brighton to graduate with an OSSC or prepare to transition to a mainstream high school to continue credits towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Please click here for information on Diplomas and certificates.



  • For students working 2 or more years below grade level
  • Prepares for possible entry into credit courses in the future by working on upgrading academic skills
  • Small class sizes
  • Emphasis on practical, hands-on, experiential learning
  • Focus on continued development of social skills, self-regulation or self-advocacy skills



  • Emphasis on continuing development of functional academics (language, literacy, numeracy)
  • ‘K’ courses (Ontario Ministry of Education “Alternative” non-credit course codes start with “K’)
  • Focuses on continued development of social skills, self-regulation or self-advocacy skills
  • Small class sizes
  • Focuses on building independence, community skills and introduction to work, life skills
  • For students currently of secondary school age; and more than 3 years behind academically