Community-based Alternative Secondary Education (CASE) was designed to meet the needs and concerns of families and students who had not been participating in public secondary education. CASE operates as a semestered program separate from the mainstream at LDSS, covering grades 9-12. Many CASE students are from Mennonite or Christian homeschool or private school backgrounds.
Students combine two days per week of scheduled academic studies at LDSS with co-operative education placements in the community, graduating with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Technical training, art classes, field trips, participation in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, and co-op placements in specialty areas such as health care, business, and the trades are all avenues that are available to CASE students.
A growing number of CASE students are graduating with red seal diplomas after completing Specialist High Skills Majors in Business, Construction, Manufacturing, or Health and Wellness.
The program was established in 2006 and has been very well received. Graduates from the LDSS CASE program have gone on to post secondary programs at the university and college level, have pursued apprenticeships in the skilled trades, have joined family-owned farms and businesses, have entered the workforce directly, and have started their own businesses. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our graduates, like Isaac (featured in the video below)!
CASE has been a great alternative for several hundred students over the years. It is worth noting that CASE provides academic pathways, learning opportunities, and depth of study that may not be available in similar programs; D/U-level academic courses are available through CASE, for example. This is an important consideration for students who are considering professional programs such as nursing and education. Please contact us regarding our senior science program in particular.
Many students and parents have told us that they appreciate that courses are taught in a separate but traditional classroom setting, with blended learning and inquiry-based approaches as appropriate. CASE is not an independent learning program.
The guidance department at LDSS can assist you in determining which type of alternative learning or mainstream program offered by the Avon Maitland District School Board might be most suitable for you or your child.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I register for CASE?
Please contact LDSS at (519) 291-1880 or one of the teachers for further instructions.
The process is not difficult and we can help you through it.
I live outside of the LDSS area. Can I attend?
Yes, as long as you are able to get to LDSS! You can catch a bus at the closest stop to your home. Also, many families carpool.
Please note that students who do not live in the LDSS area will have to submit a border crossing request. This is not a difficult process.
Border Crossing procedures will be explained and completed through contacting the LDSS office staff. Thank you for your attention to this important aspect of the registration process.
Can I visit to determine if this is a good fit for me?
Prospective students are always welcome to come for a tour or to spend a day with us!
Parents also are welcome to call to arrange a tour and to meet with CASE teachers.
The annual information night is an excellent way to get an overview of the program as well.
What does CASE cost?
There is no tuition fee for eligible Ontario residents.
CASE is a program of the Avon Maitland District School Board.