A Different Kind of Secondary School
Contact Alternative is a small Alternative School in the heart of downtown Toronto. We have approx. 150 students enrolled and help students re-engage with school. Contact specializes in reading recovery, math and science support, social and emotional counselling, with a mandate to better support mental health and wellness through our unique course offerings. Students can earn a credit while working through wellness needs and engaging in wellness supports.
Contact has optional attendance, meaning you can live anywhere within the city and still apply to our school. Students are aged 16 years-20 years old.
We have 9 teaching staff, 2 guidance counselors, a thriving Coop department, an on-site Child and Youth Counselor, a part-time Social Worker, a part-time Mental Health Worker and many community partnerships that aim to support our student population.
Courses at Contact
Contact offers compulsory courses at the grade 10, 11, and 12 level. We specialize in College and Workplace pathways, although we do offer ENG4U. Our four main pathways for elective credits are: Coop, Media/Digital Arts, Visual Arts, and Phys. Ed.
If you already have a job in place, you can be a Contact student but do full day Coop. You can earn 6 Coop credits each semester!
Come be a Part of Our Community
At Contact, we know that there’s more to life than just school, and that life outside of school can offer complex challenges. Contact teachers do their best to be flexible with respect to student academic needs
Your academic education will be supported with project-based learning, team teaching, and global competencies. Our guidance staff will help you find external opportunities that help support your career pathway. We have students who have successfully completed EVA training programs, College programs, and University.
Contact welcomes new students 4 times a year: September, November, February, April. Application appointments are by appointment only. Please call 416 393 1455 to make an appointment.
You will need to bring:
- a Credit Counselling Summary (from your current/most recent school)
- your Health Card
- a guardian, if under the age of 18 years
The appointment includes a short tour of the school, a short meeting with our CYC and guidance staff and our written package can be filled out on site.
We are located at St. Patrick Station, at 132 St. Patrick Street, on the 3rd Floor.