The first step is to contact the Guidance Department at BMHS at (705) 435-6288. Ask to speak with Mr. Runnalls. He is the Alternative Program Liaison in the Guidance Office. Mr. Runnalls can inform students if they are good candidates for admission. He can also inform students of the courses that are being offered.
If a student is deemed a good candidate, an interview will be arranged. Most interview times will be set before or after school hours, at the Alternative Program site. Students must bring their credit counselling summary forms to the interview. This is important to help the onsite teachers determine programs and courses.
Parents are welcome to attend the interview, although in most cases, their presence is not required.
INTERVIEW: Each candidate is interviewed and evaluated on his or her own circumstances. The Alternative Program is not a separate high school. It is a special Program administered by BMHS. Like any special Program tied to a high school, such as Cooperative Education or Outdoor Education, minimum standards for admission and continued participation are required.
A student may be declined admission for programming reasons. The Program is limited by its resources and the courses the teachers can deliver. Programs cannot be offered to everyone.
Applications may be declined based on the student’s lack of motivation to attend the Program. Students must want to be in the Program and commit themselves to improvement.