BETA Program Information

Mini School for Highly Able Learners
at Alpha Secondary


Program Description:

The Mini-School at Alpha Secondary is designed to enrich, challenge and support students who have demonstrated high potential, talent and ability. In an inclusive environment of intellectual peers, the students would participate in rigorous, complex, creative, cognitive challenges. Through engaging, in-depth and self-directed study, they would have an opportunity to reach their intellectual, personal and social potential.

Program Design:

Cohort class for core curriculum subject areas  (English, Math, Science, Social Studies)

Flexible scheduling to allow for compacted curriculum and Independent Directed Study credit in the pursuit of passion area

Physical Education, Applied Skills, French and electives with the Alpha school community


Instructional Model:

  • Provides opportunities for the student to develop as a self-directed, life-long learner, by focusing on:

o   individual development and identity

o   differentiated instruction and self-directed learning

o   enrichment and engagement

o   seminars, inquiry and in-depth study

  • Interdisciplinary instruction exploring and applying conceptual connections across disciplines
  • Provide opportunities to connect with a community of experts in various fields
  • Technology integration and digital literacy that specifically supports the inter-disciplinary nature of the program

Candidate Identification:

  • Intellectually curious
  • High task commitment
  • The ability to deal with increased pace, depth and complexity, and open-ended tasks
  • Willingness to reflect on own learning
  • Social responsibility and collaboration with other learners
  • Passion and drive for learning and strong desire to be in this type of learning environment
  • High intellectual and creative ability


Selection Criteria / Application Process:

Each applicant to the Mini School at Alpha Secondary will complete a cognitive abilities assessment and a short written essay.

*PLEASE NOTE: A student does not need a formal (P) designation in order to participate in the program; however, he/she should demonstrate strong evidence of the traits outlined above.

TO APPLY, please see the Mini School Application Process Page