Tupper Alternative (TAP) has been created to maximize opportunity for successes in academic and personal growth for grade 8 students and repeat grade 8 students. TAP is located within Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School and allows for the immersion of students into the Tupper school culture.
Tupper Alternative (TAP) has been created to maximize opportunity for successes in academic and personal growth for grade 8 and 9 students. TAP is located within Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School and allows for the immersion of students into the Tupper school culture. Students have access to team sports, clubs, resources, and active support and guidance of the school administration. Students are taught all academic subjects by the Tupper Alternate teacher and may be integrated in the main school for some of their elective courses. In addition to providing educational programming, the program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their social and emotional needs.
Tupper Alternate is designed primarily for students who have had some difficulty in their regular classroom situation and require a more supportive transition from elementary to secondary school. These students are often in need of a smaller class setting and require moderate behavioural or social and emotional support. Students referred to this program should meet the Ministry of Education criteria for designation in the “R” or “H” category (Students Requiring Behaviour Interventions or Students with Mental Health concerns).
The goal is for students to successfully complete grade 9. Adaptations are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students. Student progress is managed through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). After completing grade 9, students will return to their neighbourhood school or be recommended to another district alternative program.
The program will only enroll new grade 8 students with the understanding that they will stay in the program for grade 9. Intake is continuous as space becomes available. Referrals are accepted anytime although the main intake for the program commences in March for the following September. For a copy of the application form please call the Youth and Family Worker. Completed referral forms are to be submitted to the Youth and Family Worker. Once the applications are processed the referring party will be contacted to arrange a screening meeting. All successful applicants will then be placed on a wait list.
Program Capacity and Staffing:
Tupper Alternate enrolls 18 students and has 1 Teacher, 1 Youth and Family Worker and 1 School and Student Support Worker.