About

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.

Introduction

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.

Principal

Joe Clark

Administration

Denise Charbonneau - Assistant Principal, Continuing Education

Ed Gillis - Assistant Principal, Fort Saskatchewan Campus

Karen Ramsey - Assistant Principal, Sherwood Park Campus

Motto

Education Revolving Around You

Mission

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.

Philosophy

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

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.

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.
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Second Semester Orientation

Second semester is fast approaching!  

To help students find success at Next Step, we run an Orientation Program that is designed to help students engage with our school, build relationships with students and staff, and promote the healthy habit of attending school regularly.  Orientation runs February 8th - February 19 and will include team-building and wellness activities as well as course planning with your advisor and scheduled time to work on your first course of the semester.  You can download the schedule here.

Our Orientation Program is mandatory and is to be attended by all new students and by any returning students who need to reconnect and refocus on their educational path.  Talk to your advisor to see if orientation is for you!

Contact your advisor or Kris if you have questions.

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