Challenge for Growth

About Us

Mission Statement

To provide a high school educational opportunity for students, who for a variety of reasons, are unable to achieve success in a traditional school environment and who have difficulty coping with the conventional structures, instructional methods and curriculum delivery methods of the traditional school setting.


To assist students in addressing their academic, social and emotional needs in a more individualized, flexible, non-threatening learning environment.

To provide students with educational programs and experiences to develop the necessary skills and confidence to make successful transitions back to their home school, to other educational opportunities, or possibly to the workplace.

Is This Program For Me?

Are you:

  • between the ages of 16 to 18 years?
  • currently in grade 10 for the present year.
  • interested in obtaining your high school diploma / completing grade 12?
  • failing in school but know that you could really be passing?
  • sometimes having difficulty getting along with classmates and / or teachers?
  • experiencing difficulty with regular school attendance?
  • at risk of dropping out or leaving school early?
  • interested in making personal changes in your life, and are willing to work toward these personal changes in a more supportive, individualized environment?
  • willing to participate in an adventure based experiential school program?

If you answered yes to some or all these questions, this program may be for you.

What Will This Program Offer Me?

  • smaller classes with more individualized attention to meet your needs
  • an opportunity to strengthen basic reading, writing and math skills
  • an emphasis on hands-on, project-based activities
  • learn how to set and achieve goals, solve problems, and get along better with others
  • adventure-based activities such as indoor rock climbing, high ropes course, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, sailing etc.
  • preparation for work-force entry
  • a community-based work experience component
  • an opportunity to obtain employment certifications (ie: WHMIS, CPR, First Aid, Food Handling etc)

How Can I Become A Student In This Program?

  1. See your school guidance counselor or administrator, or contact the AVRSB to pick up an application package.
  2. Complete and submit your application form to your school counselor by the date stated in your application package.
  3. Have two teachers in your school submit a Student Reference Form.
  4. Attend an assessment meeting and interview with the Lawrencetown Education Centre Principal and staff.
  5. Wait to hear if you have been selected to attend.

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