Next Step is an extension of all schools across the division, providing support and innovative programming for students from grades 1 to 12, as well as adults.
The programs we offer are: Home Education, Jr. and Sr. High Outreach, Night School, Summer School and non-credit courses. We create programming for students during the regular school day, in the evening, during the weekends and in the summer months. A number of our students are accessing blended programs with other schools. Many other students are mature students who need a few credits to graduate or need to upgrade courses to support entrance into post-secondary institutions.
Denise Charbonneau - Assistant Principal, Continuing Education
Karen Ramsey - Assistant Principal, Sherwood Park Campus
Education Revolving Around You
Our caring staff offers flexible programming and scheduling to enable students to have positive and successful learning experiences in alternative settings. We focus on helping students and adults to connect or reconnect with school, create positive personalized learning experiences for all of our students, and assist students in their individual transitions.
We believe that:
- learning is best accomplished when students feel welcomed, safe, accepted and respected.
- many students learn best outside traditional schools.
- every student has the right to access opportunities to experience success.
- learning can occur in a variety of environments.
- every student has the ability to learn.
- success should be individually defined.
- all students need to take ownership of their learning.
At Next Step, our focus in on:
- helping students connect or reconnect with school
- differentiating/personalizing learning opportunities
- assisting students with transitions - junior to senior high, senior to post secondary, high school to work
- 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.
Facts and Figures
- Next Step opened in 1997 with the purpose of supporting students of EIPS with alternative program delivery options.
- Next Step is comprised of 6 schools supporting almost 2000 students and 1 department providing learning opportunities to 3000 community members.
- Our programs are supported by 32 full time staff members and numerous part time instructors.
- Next Step rents buildings in Vegreville, Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park while also operating programs out of Salisbury high school.
- Next Step programs operate with a budget of 3.5 million.
Due to the nature of the outreach setting, our re-entry plans will not include having a set cohort. In our situation, we will work as a retail space with high restrictions and a more rigorous mask and distancing policy.
The following measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of staff, students, and visitors to our Outreach sites:
· Available seating in the school will be reduced. This will coincide with a 'max student' number. Teachers will be included in the max number allowed in the building at one time.
· We will be structuring our chairs, tables and desks to space people out as much as possible.
· Appointments are strongly encouraged, but we will still allow students to drop into sites as per their schedule.
· Teachers will have government issued masks and shields (shields are not mandatory, but will be worn with masks if teachers use one.
· Teachers will be asked to wear masks at all times when they have students at their work stations.
· Students will wear masks as they travel/move in the school, and anytime they are sitting within 6 feet of another student; this rule includes our study carrels.
· Government issued masks will go to our full-time students first, as shared students will be expected to have masks from their parent schools.
· Sanitizer and spare masks will be available.
· The kitchen will be closed to students.
· Food (if any) will be by 'single serve packages' only. No common plates or utensils are to be used.
· No microwaves available for student use.
· As students enter or leave the building, we will ask them to clean their seating area. We will have stations where cleaning supplies are available to use.
· Returned books/paper books designated as shared materials will sit for 72 hours before being made available for re-use.
· Students are encouraged to make use of the Brightspace online learning platform as much as possible (access to course materials and assignment due dates, communication with teachers, etc.)