About Us

Freedom to Be Who You Are!

Our Vision

Alternative High School (Alti) is a caring community that provides academic and personal support in respect of the Circle of Courage philosophy. Learning and respect are paramount in a school that supports democratic living. Students are encouraged to explore their passions, have the freedom for self-expression and create meaningful connections to their community.

About Us

At Alti, our academic expectations are similar to traditional high schools; it is our approach that is unique. We offer individualized programming where students complete their high school diploma in a supportive environment. We offer regular core academics along with other courses, options and interests through connection with nearby high schools, Central Memorial and the Career and Technology Centre.

Circle of Courage

Alternative High School has adopted the Circle of Courage philosophy as a unifying theme for our school community. The Circle is composed of four components or spirits.

  • Belonging – is found in building positive relationships with others through acceptance, attention and affection.
  • Mastery – is the discovery and development of strengths, solving problems and achieving.
  • Independence – is growing in personal power and responsibility and gaining the respect of others.
  • Generosity – is developing empathy and concerns for others by providing and accepting support. 

How to Join the Alternative High School Community

Interested students are invited to participate in a group information session with one of our staff members. Please call the school (403-777-7730) to attend. If you think Alti would be a good fit for you, you’ll be asked to complete a brief expression of interest questionnaire, provide references and a report card from your current school (more information can be found on our registration page). We welcome your questions and thank you for your interest. 

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​​About the CBE

The CBE is the largest school district in Western Canada. Our mission is to ensure each student, in keeping with his or her individual abilities and gifts, completes high school with a foundation of learning necessary to thrive in life, work and continued learning. You can look on the CBE website for more information. ​​​

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