ALPHA II Alternative School
Will Alpha II Work For You?
What Happens When I Graduate?
Approved by the Alpha II Community
Students (mentees) learn best when what they are learning is meaningful to them and they have been centrally involved in deciding what and how to learn.
Students (mentees), in consultation with teachers (mentors) determine what and how they would like to learn.
Alpha II provides freedom to allow students (mentees) a rich range of learning opportunities to engage them in designing their own learning activities.
Teachers (mentors) and all Community Members, including the students (mentees) themselves, are encouraged to be actively engaged in seeking out a variety of resources, and to explore opportunities both individually and in groups for students (mentees) to meet their own learning goals.
: Students (mentees) are encouraged to develop a personal sense of responsibility for their own learning.
Teachers are mentors rather than directors. Students (mentees) are encouraged to take up a range of subject material in interdisciplinary ways.
The Community honours and encourages equity, equality, equal voice, diversity and difference.
The teachers (mentors) and all volunteer mentors help foster a learning culture that honours equity, equality, equal voice, diversity and difference in both content and process in the daily life of the school.
Non-competitive learning environment.
Evaluation happens at student (mentee)-parent/guardian-teacher (mentor) conferences; grades, tests and report cards are not part of the school culture.
Students (mentees) learn in unique ways; they are not expected to conform to predetermined or standardized expectations.
No tests, exams or assessment exercises are given. Students (mentees) demonstrate their learning through on-going work, study and self-reflection. They are encouraged to keep a record of their work in personal portfolios in whatever way they think appropriate.
Students (mentees) learn at a pace in tune with their own rhythm.
With the agreement of their parents (or, if over 18, themselves) in writing, and in consultation with teachers (mentors), students (mentees) may design a flexible attendance schedule.
The school is run as a Community based on consensus where each person's voice counts in developing that consensus.
Significant decisions about the school are decided at monthly Community Meetings attended by administrators, teachers (mentors), students (mentees) and parents/guardians. Local classroom decisions are made by consensus at regular student (mentee)-teacher (mentor) meetings.
Kindness and respect are necessary to foster a positive learning environment.
Everyone involved in Alpha II (students (mentees), administrators, teachers (mentors), parents/guardians, volunteers) is encouraged to strive for kind, respectful behaviour by listening carefully and attentively to what others say. Disagreements are resolved through a conflict resolution proceess supported by the teachers (mentors) but initiated by students (mentees).