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 we have 5 physical classes within FPSA. Two Grade 7 classes of approximately 27 students, one grade 7/8 split class of 25 students and, 2 Grade 8 classes of approximately 27 students. 

Parent Information Evening

Information Slideshow (September 2023)

Academic Year 2023/24

We are all very much looking forward to another unique alternative experience at Summit this year!  

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 students can expect up to an hour daily on assigned homework or review, 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 - All are welcome, students may come to the cafeteria at 8:10 a.m., our Breakfast monitor, Brenda, is wonderful! 

4. Lockers will be assigned during an extended homeroom period the first day although students will not be able to access a locker until they have a physical 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 $20 for each student. 

7. Off Property: Stay tuned for updates with regards to off school property priviledges. 

8. Click here to Report Student Absences  to help us keep track of a student's whereabouts on any given school day. 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 - 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)

All students have the right to express themselves in school through their choice of clothing, hair styles, jewelry, and accessories.

While a student’s style is their choice, we want to keep school a place where everyone can feel comfortable.

In April 2022, the OCDSB Board of Trustees approved updates to the Safe Schools Policies, which includes the updated School District Code of Conduct (that contains a section on dress code). The process to update these policies began in 2019 and included consultations with students, families, staff and community members on a variety of issues, including dress code.

The new student dress code applies to all schools. All students have the right to express themselves through their dress without fear of body shaming, bias, or discrimination.

See our dress code poster for a brief look at what our dress code includes and what it doesn’t.

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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