Summit Alternative


Located mainly at the very "Summit" (3rd Floor) of Fisher Park/Summit Alternative  School, Summit classes share all the facilities, administration, and full range of extra-curricular activities available at Fisher Park.


At Summit, we offer a regular English, Core French Alternative program. Summit Alternative School was founded in 1995 to serve students who were interested in an experiential, child-centered learning environment. Summit features high academic expectations, recognition of individual learning styles, dedicated staff who facilitate Summit student learning experiences, "hands-on" learning both in the school and while on field trips. Summit has a strong School Council, active parent volunteers, a rich classroom environment, and a strong sense of community.

The OCDSB has produced a helpful outline of the Alternative School tenets which can provide further insight into Alternative programming. 

Welcome to Summit Alternative Program

This year, after a number of students have moved to online learning, we have 5 physical classes within FPSA. Two Grade 7 classes of approximately 25 students, one grade 7/8 split class of 23 students and, 2 Grade 8 classes of approximately 25 students. 

Parent Information Evening  - September 2021

Information Slideshow

All Summit Introduction Google Meet Recording 

A8A Google Meet recording

A8B & A8C Google Meet recording

Thank you to all the parents and guardians who were able to join our parent information evening. Above is a link to the documents we presented. We look forward to working with you this year!

Academic Year 2021/22

While this is definitely a different year and the Alternative program does look a little different, we will strive to do all we can to include and consider the Alternative School tenets in our program.

Welcome to Summit Alternative P.S. and the exciting world of the intermediate division which includes Student Council, normally a variety of special events (dramatic productions, dances, trips, and fairs) sports leagues, clubs and activities.

1. Every student should spend some time each day on home study. By the intermediate years at least 1 hour daily on assigned homework or review can be expected, however, this varies dependent on subject/teacher. Consequences may be assigned for homework that is not completed.

2. On regular school days, the bell rings at 8:45 a.m., at which time the students proceed to their first class. First break is 45 minutes in length from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The second break is from 1:35 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Dismissal time is 3:15 p.m.

3. Breakfast Club - Is a little different this year. Bagged breakfasts are available before school at the Harmer doors. (Hopefully, we will go back to a time where students are allowed into the lunchroom at 8:15 a.m. and breakfast ends at 8:40 a.m. each school day)

4. There are no lockers this year. Students are required to keep all belongings in their desks. (In a typical year, each student is asked to purchase a combination lock. Lockers will be assigned during an extended homeroom period the first day and we strongly suggest that nothing be left in the lockers until the student has purchased a lock. Lock combinations and locker numbers will be recorded by the Homeroom teacher and kept on file in the office (strictly confidential). Students are reminded NOT to release their combination to ANYONE.

If the need ever arises for someone other than the student to open the locker (i.e. for a friend to bring homework home, or if the student forgets his/her combination) then either the Homeroom teacher or one of the office staff will be in a position to do this. Students are not permitted to access their lockers between or during classes without their teacher's permission.

5. An organizational tool is mandatory.  Students may choose to have their own planner. Staff use of Google Classroom which can be used at home, at school or on personal devices. There are staff available to help support students with this concept, please let us know if you feel this would be helpful. 

6. With respect to school supplies, students will need notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, etc. with them. There is more information about school supplies on the OCDSB website Teachers will notify students during the first week of school as to specific requests for individual classes, i.e., math sets, duo-tangs, binders, etc. The school asks for a voluntary fee of $15 for each student. 

7. Students must stay on school property during both breaks. 

8. A telephone call (729-5062) to the office regarding absences is necessary to help us keep track of a student's whereabouts on any given school day. A note or a call from home is required each day a child is absent. Also, a note or call is required each time the student must leave the school grounds during the regular school day (i.e. for appointments). A sign-out book is located in the office and students who leave the school during the regular school day are asked to sign out in that book (and sign back in if they return that same day). Students will not be permitted to leave the school unless contact has been made with the parents/guardian either by note (as in the case of advance knowledge of the absence, i.e. appointments, trips, etc.) or by phone call (as in the case of last-minute appointments or when a student must leave the school due to illness).

9. Students who arrive at school after 8:45 a.m.will be asked to go to the office for a late slip and will be required to give it to their teacher when they enter class late.

10. Extra Curricular Sports - Are on hold until further notice. The basic skills development during the regular physical education classes are enhanced with varied school sports programs. Team play is emphasized to a great extent: the values of fair play and sportsmanship are strongly encouraged. Students participate in volleyball, soccer, basketball, football, ultimate frisbee and track and field.

11. Discipline - We pride ourselves in an atmosphere of firm but friendly structure. Be assured that no child will be permitted to jeopardize the education of others by inappropriate behavior.

12. Students Responsibilities:

* attending class daily and punctually
* arriving with appropriate work materials
* showing respect for individuals and property
* refraining from the use of bad language
* behaving in a safe and responsible manner
* abiding by the school and classroom rules
* informing parents and teachers of their needs
* transmitting home all communications from the school
* bringing to the attention of the school administration any problem or condition that affects their learning or the school community

13. Dress Code : 

As indicated by the OCDSB Dress Code Policy:

3.1 This student dress policy is based on the expectation that schools shall be safe and respectful learning environments. 

3.2 In furtherance of this expectation and in support of appropriate conduct within schools as set out in Policy P.032.SCO: Conduct of Persons in Schools, the following principles shall govern standards of student dress in the schools of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board: (a) respect for learning; (b) decency;(c) cleanliness; (d) respect for the rights and dignity of others; (e) safety of persons and property; and (f) promotion of a drug and alcohol-free environment. 

3.3 Requirements for a Student Dress Code

(a) Each school’s student dress code shall include the following elements: (i) statement of purpose; (ii) standards of dress for students; (iii) consequences for non-compliance.

(b) The following must be included as inappropriate student dress: (ii) dress with wording or graphics that is racist, sexist, profane or demeaning to another person; (iii) dress with wording or graphics that advocates violence; (iv) dress with wording or graphics that advocates the consumption of alcohol or illicit drugs; and (v) dress that is recognized by the OCDSB Safe Schools Committee to be associated with gang membership. 

(c) Other dress may be identified in a school student dress code as inappropriate, either generally or in specific circumstances, if the prohibition is consistent with the principles and standards set out in Board Policy P.104.SCO and Board Procedure PR.628.SCO: Student Dress Code.

3.4 School student dress codes shall be developed, monitored and reviewed in consultation and collaboration with the school council, parents, students and staff. 

Hopefully, the above points will answer some of the questions you may have concerning how we operate here at Summit Alternative P.S. If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call us at 613-729-5054.

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