Each year, approximately 1,000 urban Indigenous students attend the 11 publicly funded Alternative Secondary School Programs in Friendship Centres in Ontario. Based on the principle that every student is unique, the Alternative Secondary School Program is geared to meet students' individual needs. ASSP classrooms offer teacher-led and independent learning credits, while working to build on strengths to support students where they are in life.  Friendship Centres partner with local district school boards to offer high school curriculum, cultural supports, life skills and other services as required, and connect students to the support of the Friendship Centre and the urban Indigenous community.  ASSPs are innovative, locally developed programs that assist urban Indigenous students personalize their learning so they can achieve their goals, including graduating with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

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