What is the purpose of an outreach school?

What is the purpose of an outreach school?

"Outreach schools are special schools developed to support students who cannot or do not wish to attend mainstream schools. These schools are often integral components of a jurisdiction’s high school completion strategy. The programs in outreach schools respond to students’ particular circumstances and are flexible so that they can adapt to students’ diverse requirements. 

Outreach schools operate outside of traditional school environments. In fact, Alberta Education policy stipulates that outreach schools must operate in stand alone sites. Thus, outreach schools can be found in shopping centers and office buildings. 

Outreach schools are staffed by small cadres of dedicated teachers who teach a range of high school and, in some cases, junior high courses. Students complete their work independently or in small groups with the support of certificated teachers using a variety of distance learning and locally designed materials. 

The foundation of outreach education is the personal relationship that students develop with the school staff. Because students typically work with teachers one-on-one or in small groups, a trusting working relationship often forms. This relationship ensures that students who have often not experienced success in school are able to develop a sense of security and connection that will help them achieve success" (http://oec.teachers.ab.ca/Council%20Info/Pages/Overview.aspx). 

In addition, outreach serves students from area schools who are experiencing timetable conflicts or shortfalls in their graduation or post-secondary requirements. Adults wishing to upgrade or complete their high school diploma requirements are also well served by outreach schools.