Our Alternative (Non-credit) program is designed to focus on functional academics (language, literacy, numeracy) for high school age students who are working at a grade 1 – 4 level and are not able to enter a credit program. In addition to academics, we focus on social skills; self-management strategies; self-advocacy; and skills for independent living, including fitness, shopping, community skills & cooking. Courses in technology, music, arts, home economics and transit training are also included.
Literacy skills are taught daily in our language and communication class. Decoding, comprehension, vocabulary, writing and digital literacy 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.
Students may enroll in a combination of Alternative, Pre-Credit or Credit courses, for a customized program. Brighton’s programs are structured so that students are not limited by their starting place, or pace.