About Us

Next Step is a supportive, alternative  senior high school for students who require a non-traditional, individualized program. Located in community-based sites in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and Vegreville, Next Step provides students with:

  • a safe, comfortable environment
  • flexible, individual schedules
  • the opportunity to take responsibility for their own education and to experience success
  • excellent teachers and encouraging and respectful staff

Our Mission

To provide each student with the individual attention, guidance, and encouragement in order for them to successfully complete their educational goals.

Our Beliefs

  • All students can learn and experience success.
  • A quality education contributes to the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of the student.
  • Learning is a lifelong process in which education plays a fundamental role.
  • Our program must be innovative, flexible, and continuously improving in order to meet the challenges presented by change.
  • Integrity, honesty, tolerance, and responsible behaviour must be fundamental in all that we do.
  • All students deserve a safe and caring environment.
  • Education is the foundation of success.

Programs & Services

Next Step schools offer all levels of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and all Sciences required to attain a Diploma or Certificate of Achievement in the province of Alberta. We also have a variety of complementary courses, Work Experience, RAP and Green Certificate available to students. Apart from our specialized complementary courses, Next Step is able to offer most courses from Alberta Education Programs of Study.

Students are involved in setting up their own programs and goals. Attendance and work completion schedules are flexible and are designed to meet individual student needs.

Administration

Sunny Sandhu, Principal, Next Step

Darby Hanson, Assistant Principal
Next Step Senior High, Sherwood Park 

Cheryl Semeniuk, Assistant Principal
Next Step Senior High, Fort Sask./Vegreville

 

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Dual Credit Virtual Info Session

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Microsoft Teams Virtual Session

Microsoft Teams Virtual Session Click here to join the meeting

 

Families of students in grades 10-12

 

Dual-credit pathways help students earn high school and post-secondary credits that can count toward a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, including first period apprenticeship opportunities. Moreover, dual-credit opportunities span a variety of industries and professions including health care, trades, agriculture and business administration.

 

 

Virtual Showcase: Agriculture – Plant Systems

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Returning student registration 2022-23 opens

Time: All Day

Returning Student Registration for the 2022-23 school year takes place Feb. 1-28, 2022.

All requests to attend a non-designated school in 2022-23 must be submitted during this timeframe. 

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Future Fair

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Strathcona County Community Centre, Agora (401 Festival Ln., Sherwood Park)

Do you have a child with extra support needs?
Not sure what to do after senior high?

Discover opportunities and supports beyond high school for teens and adults with disabilities—plan to attend this year’s FUTURE Fair

FUTURE Fair 2022

Free underground parking available

Hosted by Elk Island Public Schools, Elk Island Catholic Schools and Strathcona County, the 2022 FUTURE Fair showcases the many supportive agencies and transition opportunities available to individuals with complex needs after high school.

FUTURE Fair is a FREE event open to teens and adults with disabilities, their families and teachers who want to learn more about: 

  • transition resources
  • funding opportunities
  • employment programs
  • post-secondary education
  • residential choices
  • plus much more

Virtual Showcase: Forestry

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Returning student registration 2022-23 closes

Time: All Day

Returning Student Registration for the 2022-23 school year takes place Feb. 1-28, 2022.

All requests to attend a non-designated school in 2022-23 must be submitted during this timeframe. 

Learn more