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

Barclay Spady, Principal

Krista Porter, Assistant Principal

 

About

Take Our Kids to Work Day

Time: All Day

There are more ways than ever to take part in Take Our Kids to Work Day:

  • Students can participate in Take Our Kids to Work Day hosted by their parent’s employer (in-person or virtually).
  • Teachers can lead students through virtual Take Our Kids to Work Day activities.
  • Students can participate in virtual Take Our Kids to Work Day events from home. 

Download the Family Resource Guide for more information.

Early Dismissal: One hour earlier

Time: All Day

Students dismissed one hour earlier than usual

November Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

November Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

November Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

November Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

November Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Remembrance Day - Statutory holiday

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Central Services closed

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Time: All Day

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is a time to promote awareness and understanding of bullying and its impacts.

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Time: All Day

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is a time to promote awareness and understanding of bullying and its impacts.

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Time: All Day

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is a time to promote awareness and understanding of bullying and its impacts.

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Time: All Day

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is a time to promote awareness and understanding of bullying and its impacts.

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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

Time: All Day

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is a time to promote awareness and understanding of bullying and its impacts.

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National Child Day

Time: All Day

2022 theme: The Right to Participate

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Report Cards - elementary and junior high

Time: All Day

Excluding Ardrossan Junior Senior High, Lamont High, SCA Secondary and Vegreville Composite High

SET Conference UofA

Time: All Day

Strathcona County Youth Employment Job Fair

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre 2100 Premier Way Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2G4

Skills Exploration Days

Time: All Day

Skills Exploration Days is a one-day, virtual event on December 6, 2022!

The purpose of Skills Exploration Days is to:

Inspire Junior High students to identify inherent skills and interests.

Connect students’ skills and interests to trade and technology careers through interactive, hands-on experiences that promote creativity, empathy, and exploration.

Promote trade and technology careers as a valuable and rewarding career choice. 

Early Dismissal: One hour earlier

Time: All Day

Students dismissed one hour earlier than usual

Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster

Time: All Day

Instructional Day 71 of 89

Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Winter Solstice

Time: All Day

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Christmas Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Early Dismissal: One hour earlier

Time: All Day

Students dismissed one hour earlier than usual

Diploma Exam Prep

Time: All Day

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Diploma Exam Prep

Time: All Day

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20 Festival Way Sherwood Park

Diploma Exam: English Language Arts 30-1 & 30-2 Part A

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diploma Exam: Social Studies 30-1 & 30-2 Part(ie) A

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diploma Exam Prep

Time: All Day

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20 Festival Way Sherwood Park

Diploma Exam Prep

Time: All Day

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20 Festival Way Sherwood Park

Diploma Exam: Mathematics 30-1 & 30-2

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diploma Exam: English Language Arts 30-1 & 30-2 Part B

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diploma Exam: Social Studies 30-1 & 30-2 Part(ie) B

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Diploma Exam: Biology 30

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diploma Exam: Chemistry 30

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

School Advisory Council Meeting

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Diploma Exam: Physics 30

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Semester 1 ends

Time: All Day

Diploma Exam: Science 30

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Professional Learning Day: No school for students

Time: All Day

Semester 2 starts

Time: All Day

Early Dismissal: One hour earlier

Time: All Day

Students dismissed one hour earlier than usual

EIPS Returning Student Registration Opens

Time: All Day

Groundhog Day

Time: All Day

North Central Teachers' Convention

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

North Central Teachers' Convention

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Next Step Open House -Sherwood Park

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Next Step Open House -Fort Saskatchewan

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Family Day - Statutory holiday

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Central Services closed

Pink Shirt Day

Time: All Day

EIPS Returning Student Registration Closes

Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Early Dismissal: One hour earlier

Time: All Day

Students dismissed one hour earlier than usual

Professional Learning Day: No school for students

Time: All Day

Daylight Savings Time Starts

Time: All Day

Commonwealth Day

Time: All Day

Pi Day Activities

Time: All Day

School Council Meeting

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Report Cards - elementary and junior high

Time: All Day

Excluding Ardrossan Junior Senior High, Lamont High, SCA Secondary and Vegreville Composite High

World Poetry Day

Time: All Day

Parent Teacher Conferences SPO/VJO

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Parent Teacher Conferences FSO

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Spring Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Spring Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Spring Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Spring Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Spring Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Spring Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Spring Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Spring Break

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Early Dismissal: One hour earlier

Time: All Day

Students dismissed one hour earlier than usual

Good Friday - Statutory holiday

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Central Services closed

World Health Day

Time: All Day

Easter Monday - Division closure day

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Central Services closed

Parent Teacher Conferences FSO

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Administrative Professionals' Day

Time: All Day

Parent Teacher Conferences SPO/VJO

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Teacher Appreciation Day

Time: All Day

Early Dismissal: One hour earlier

Time: All Day

Students dismissed one hour earlier than usual

Professional Learning Day: No school for students

Time: All Day

National Day of Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Time: All Day

Moose Hide Campaign Day

Time: All Day

Grade 9 PAT: English Language Arts (including K&E) Part A

Time: 9:00 am - 10:20 am

School Closure Day

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Victoria Day - Statutory holiday

Time: All Day

Schools closed to staff and students

Central Services closed

Early Dismissal: One hour earlier

Time: All Day

Students dismissed one hour earlier than usual

Next Step Graduation @DOW

Time: All Day

Diploma Exam: English Language Arts 30-1 & 30-2 Part A

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diploma Exam: Social Studies 30-1 & 30-2 Part(ie) A

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diploma Exam: Mathematics 30-1 & 30-2

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diploma Exam: English Language Arts 30-1 & 30-2 Part B

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grades 7 and 8 Exam: English Language Arts Part B

Time: All Day

Each school will determine the specific time for the exam

Diploma Exam: Social Studies 30-1 & 30-2 Part(ie) B

Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Grade 9 PAT: English Language Arts (including K&E) Part B

Time: 9:00 am - 10:15 am

June Solstice

Time: All Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Time: All Day

Grades 7 and 8 Exam: Mathematics Part(ie) A

Time: All Day

Each school will determine the specific time for the exam

Diploma Exam: Biology 30

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grade 9 PAT: Mathematics Part(ie) A

Time: 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Grades 7 and 8 Exam: Mathematics Part(ie) B

Time: All Day

Each school will determine the specific time for the exam

Diploma Exam: Chemistry 30

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grade 9 PAT: Mathematics Part(ie) B (and K&E Mathematics)

Time: 9:00 am - 10:20 am

Grades 7 and 8 Exam: Social Studies

Time: All Day

Each school will determine the specific time for the exam

Diploma Exam: Physics 30

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grade 9 PAT: Social Studies (including K&E)

Time: 9:00 am - 10:20 am

Grades 7 and 8 Exam: Science

Time: All Day

Each school will determine the specific time for the exam

Last day of classes

Time: All Day

Report Cards - elementary and junior high

Time: All Day

Diploma Exam: Science 30

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grade 9 PAT: Science (including K&E)

Time: 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Operational Day

Time: All Day

Schools closed to students