FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO ATTENDS ELAWS?

  • 90-100 Students

  • Most have a Mennonite background

  • Many come from private Christian schools, rural public schools or homeschooling

  • Multiple entry points: gr. 9, gr. 10, gr. 11
     

WHAT SUBJECTS ARE OFFERED?

  • We cover all essential courses to earn the 30 credits required for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma

    • Core courses offered:

      • English - Grade 9-12

      • Math - Grade 9-12

      • Science - Grade 9-10

      • History

      • Geography

      • Career & Civics 

      • Phys Ed

    • Elective courses vary from year to year. For students joining us from grade 9-12 our goal is to provide an opportunity in all of the speciality classrooms:

      • Family Studies

        • Food & Nutrition

        • Sewing

      • Shops

        • Auto

        • Manufacturing

        • Construction/Cabinet Making

        • Electrical

        • Design

      • Other electives include:

        • Business

        • Accounting

        • Photography

        • Financial literacy

        • Entrepreneurship/Marketing

 

  • Applied/College level courses are offered

    • These courses qualify students for most college and apprenticeship programs but are not suitable for students planning to attend University

HOW DOES MY CHILD GET TO SCHOOL?

  • Bus transportation is available to those who live in the Elmira District Secondary School boundaries. Ask us if you are unsure if you are within the catchment area.  

  • Many of our students carpool.

WHAT IS THE COST TO ATTEND?

  • There is no tuition fee

  • Field Trips - $30-50/year

DO YOU OFFER EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • A gym is reserved for our ELAWS students for lunch hour sports (Volleyball, floor hockey, basketball etc)

  • We rent ice next door to the school (Once a week, November-March) for recreational hockey. 

WHO ARE THE PARENT COUNCIL AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

  • Made up of a group of individuals who represent a variety of church groups

  • Meet with the ELAWS coordinator to help provide support and guidance to ensure our program is meeting the needs and wishes of our families.

  • The current Parent Council is as follows:

    • Clare Martin

    • Willard Metzger

    • Isaac Peters

    • Calvin Knarr

    • Kent Martin

WHAT IF MY CHILD STRUGGLES ACADEMICALLY?

  • Once a week we provide a Student Success day. A classroom is supervised by a teacher all day for students to receive the individualized support they need. Some students choose to come to school on this day because they appreciate the classroom structure to help them complete their homework.  High needs students may want to consider a 5 day program at EDSS. 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WEEK LOOK LIKE?

  • All students attend school two days a week and work in Co-op three days a week

  • Some students may choose to work in Co-op two days a week, attend Student Success once a week and attend classes two days a week. 

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Click on the button below to register

For more information contact the ELAWS Coordinator,
Jeff Martin at jeff_martin@wrdsb.ca