Alternative (Non-Credit) Program

Our Alternative (Non-credit)  program is designed to continue the development of functional academics (language, literacy, numeracy) for students who are more than two years behind academically and are not able to enter a credit program. In addition to academics, we focus on social skills; self-management strategies and skills for independent living, including fitness, shopping & cooking. Courses in technology, music, arts, home economics and transit training are also included in the schedule.

Literacy skills are taught daily in our language and communication class.  Decoding, comprehension, vocabulary, writing and computer skills are learned and reinforced in a practical, hands-on learning environment. Conversation skills are taught using a ‘shared interest’ approach and practiced daily with facilitation and coaching.

Numeracy skills are practiced in a very real way at Brighton. Our students participate in our  ‘Real Economy’ program, where they receive a cash allowance to learn about income and expenses: they budget their money, save, pay for TTC, trips and excursions, and visits to stores, coffee shops and restaurants. In addition to money management, students practice numeracy and number skills, time, temperature, measurement and scheduling.  All of these skills are taught and reinforced using project-based learning and real-life experiences, such as banking, cooking and shopping.

Social Skills are about more than having friends.  They are about being able to share space with others in an appropriate way, respecting group norms and expectations.  Our program focuses on helping our students understand what is expected in various environments and settings and with different people. It provides real-time priming and coaching of behaviour. Friendship and interpersonal skills are nurtured along with self-advocacy and etiquette.  Because we want all of our students to feel like they have a community of friends where they belong, we host a weekly ‘Friday Night Social’ Group for both our students as well as community members. It’s an opportunity to hang out with friends, play video games, dance, play games or watch movies – all supervised and facilitated by our staff.  Click here for more information about our Social Activity Groups. 

Helping our students develop awareness and understanding of their own emotions and feelings is the first step to developing coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, impulses and challenging situations.  Students are taught to use an individualized ‘toolkit’ of strategies to apply in various situations.


Secondary Admissions

For more information about enrollment or to book a personal meeting and tour, please contact:

Irene McRae