|Head Teacher:||Matt Shapiro|
|E-mail:||SGomes-Pires@emsb.qc.ca||Location:||Focus High School is located near the western end of Somerled avenue and is accessible via Vendôme metro and bus #102 or Snowdon metro and bus #51.|
|Guidance Counsellor:||Paola Borzone|
Focus High School provides a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for secondary students who have not experienced success in a traditional school setting. Our goal is to help students develop the confidence, self-efficacy, social skills and behavioral competence that will allow them to continue their academic journey successfully. We encourage student growth, sensory awareness and self-regulation by teaching specific techniques supported by current research in neuroscience and maintaining a firm, consistent, yet forgiving structure throughout the school day.
Students follow the curriculum determined by MEES while benefiting from a closed-classroom learning environment, small class size and individualized programming. Rigorous and relevant academic activities with emphasized integration of technology, music, media arts, physical education, nutrition, and other alternatives for tactile, kinesthetic learners are offered in the mornings while structured social, physical, recreational and skill-based activities are facilitated in the afternoons. Junior students follow a regular, adapted or modified general education path until secondary 3 at their own pace, while senior students receive emphasized practical training in semiskilled trades leading to certification through the work-oriented training path.
The Work-Oriented Training Program is a program created to help students acquire work skills. The Pre-Work Program, currently offered at FOCUS High School, is a 3 year program for students aged 15 and over. Students learn core academic content while focusing on the acquisition of work skills that they can use to work in their communities. A “hands-on” approach is used to challenge students in completing various manual tasks while helping them develop greater initiative, self-discipline and reliability. In years 2 and 3, the students must successfully complete a work placement that allows them to master seven competencies that are necessary to graduate from the program.
Standards and Procedures are official documents pertaining to the evaluation of student learning. They provide a summary of the evaluation criteria for each subject, and the period during which exams are scheduled.