Alternative Secondary School Programs (ASSP)

Initiative Description: 

The ASSP within Native Friendship Centres was originally established to address the endemically high dropout rates for Aboriginal high school students in Ontario. The ASSP's aim is to help students to deal with the issues affecting their academic achievement by providing access to a number of culturally appropriate supports including culturally relevant curriculum, traditional teachings and a wide spectrum of programmes and services offered through the Friendship Centres.

Friendship Centres deliver the ASSPs in partnership with their local district school boards. Depending upon the individual program design, students work individually on Independent Learning credits or together in a teacher-led group. The number of students in each programme varies from 15 to 120 depending on available space and program design.


Ontario Federation of Friendship Centres
Sylvia Maracle
Executive Director
219 Front Street East
Toronto, On, M5A 1E8
416-956-7575 ext. 281