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MONTREAL, JANUARY 7, 2015 –The English Montreal School Board Council of Commissioners voted in favor of the closure and relocation of programs for Options I Alternative High School in Ville Émard, effective July 1, 2015.

There are presently nine EMSB alternative outreach high schools, designed to provide an opportunity for students who have left school before graduation to return to a different educational setting. The schools are set up in such a way that students can continue their studies in a less formal atmosphere. Some programs lead to sufficient credits for a high school leaving certificate, while others will permit the student to return to a regular high school setting.

Options I presently caters to students in Grades 9 and 10, with an emphasis on attendance, punctuality, homework completion, remediation and study skills. Plans now call for the former grade level students to be directed to Venture while the latter will go to Options II – to be called simply “Options” next year. All three schools already share the same building on Avenue de Biencourt with Elizabeth High, which enables pregnant and teen moms to complete their secondary studies with pre-natal support and parenting skills. This program is administered in partnership with Elizabeth House, a private rehabilitation centre in NDG  that offers a continuum of intensive intervention and specialized support services to parents, particularly young mothers and mothers-to-be, experiencing serious difficulties adjusting to pregnancy or in their parenting role. Venture (Grades 7 to 9) strives to increase self-confidence, self esteem, independence and self-reliance; Options II (Grades 10 and 11) students abide by a contract system, focusing on homework, behaviour and attendance.

“We believe these elements can blend together to create new and improved programs,” states EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini. “The proposed changes will provide better services for students and a more efficient and effective approach to the use of resources within the Outreach Network. The building will be better utilized operationally and educationally, creating a stronger school identity and fostering richer social interaction and development for the entire school community.”

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213