What Do We Offer?

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CHARACTER /MORAL DEVELOPMENT


We encourage cooperation, demonstrate respect of self and others, and stimulate a thirst for knowledge and understanding. We believe that all things in the universe are interconnected and interdependent and that what we do affects not only us individually, but also affects those around us. We desire to build character and cultivate values that support and celebrate life. We promote respect for the natural environment and awaken students’ focus on environmental sustainability. We teach them to honor the role of Ancestors and Elders in shaping who they are. We promote personal and collective accountability and responsibility. We make them aware of the various African and African-derived value systems and how they concretely relate to the behaviour and realities of African Canadians. We expose them to the powerfully positive moral lessons of leaders in the community. We promote equity, anti-oppression and anti-racism in everything we do with students.

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THE AFRICENTRIC APPROACH


From the temples of ancient Kemet, Nubia and Axum, the universities of West Africa, the powerfully intelligent and organizational genius of Africans in Haiti, Trinidad, Brasil, Cuba, Peru, Jamaica, to the on-going achievements, sacrifice and creativity taught through the lessons and strategies of enslaved Africans in the U.S. to the multitude of inspiring contemporary examples, academic excellence has been a part of African culture and practice. An Africentric approach acknowledges and respects the lived experience of students and their families.

Therefore, we utilize the strengths of African derived cultural ways of learning to facilitate academic excellence. We believe students should know and appreciate their own culture as a basis for exploring and understanding others.

 

ORDER AND STRUCTURE

We value stability, reinforcement, consistency and coherence between what happens at home and what happens at school for students. Students need to see that the AAS school environment, their parents and community partners provide administrative and teaching consistency and demonstrate a consistent expectation of excellence of character and achievement for students, for each other and that all around them there is a consistent modelling of positive, affirming cultural values. The AAS family should be a high quality matrix for each child – a safe place, a place of love and a place of good energy to explore endless possibilities.

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What is my Role as a parent/guardian in the AAS?

Through the AAS Parent Council, parents play a critical role and are often involved in many aspects of the AAS’ operations. In collaboration with the educational staff and community members, parents help guide the school towards the realization of its mission. Parents and guardians also assist with some administrative duties, participate in different initiatives like raising funds, act as specialists in certain areas, and might even support the preparation of classroom material.

Parent/guardian participation sends a strong and clear message to children that education is a significant family value, making education seem relevant and important. The presence of parents within the classroom can also help to smooth the transition between home and school.

For parents then to be as optimally involved and supportive as possible to both their child and the administration, a sound understanding of Africentric principles, approaches and content is critical. Parents also have to feel comfortable and empowered in this regard.

The presence of parents can influence the climate and direction of the school significantly. Therefore, it is important for each parent to take the initiative around building awareness and education with respect to the AAS’ basic philosophy and Africentric practices, and the demands of participating in an alternative school.

Parents and administrators also play a crucial role in engaging and involving members of the broader African Canadian community in important aspects of the school’s operations.

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RESOURCES

 

Parents/ Guardians want the best education for their children. Our goal is to provide your family with a positive learning environment, with a variety of programs and services that promote outstanding student achievement.

Parents/ guardians are children's first and life-long teachers. We value the partnership between home and school and know that parental involvement is the key to success in school. You can be involved by helping your child with homework, volunteering in our school, or joining our school council. By welcoming you and providing opportunities for you to be involved, we can work together to ensure that our students receive the very best education.

Visit the links on this page to find more information on a variety of subjects.