Alternative Learning

At work for students: Dean Nielsen (Alternative Learning Principal) and Dr. Marcie Perdue (Associate Superintendent of Student Services)

Chinook's Edge is committed to supporting a learning plan for every child

If you reside in a Chinook's Edge community, you are part of our team!
We want you to know you belong.

Methods of Instruction:

Alternative Learning in Chinook's Edge provides flexibility for each student to find the program that meets your needs, while staying connected to your community school. The majority of our learners will be in-person with some of our students needing a flex/blended option. Unique situations may call for a fully online program, or support through paper-based educational packages. 

In-person- This is the primary mode of instruction for the majority of our students in Chinook's Edge, where learning is face-to-face at school on a daily basis.

Flex/Blended- Refers to any student doing either online or paper-based learning, combined with a portion of in-person learning. Parents and schools share instructional delivery, but schools take on all of the responsibility for the portion of learning that takes place in-person. Contact with the school occurs daily/regularly, as students are attending in-person for a portion of their learning. For example, a student may go into the school only for math class, and then take other courses through Alternative Learning. They are always connected to a school and to a teacher, and they still have opportunities to participate in sports or drama or many other activities at their Chinook's Edge school. The vast majority of alternative learning may be achieved through flex/blended programming.

The Principal of Alternative Learning will work alongside you, your child and the school to create a learning program that best suits your family's needs.

Stay connected! Want to talk more?
Call Principal Dean Nielsen at (403) 877-0843 to explore a program that will work best for your child and your family.

What is Alternative Learning?

With Alternative Learning, your child remains an important part of our Chinook's Edge community. In Chinook's Edge, we care about every child. We know that some students struggle to achieve in a traditional school setting, or that some families are looking for more flexible scheduling to match their lifestyles.

In Chinook's Edge, we believe that the best learning takes place in the classroom at your community school. The second best is Alternative Learning that provides support and flexibility while remaining connected to the school.

Alternative Learning provides a continuum of support and connection. It is:

  • Flexible, developed to meet the needs of our Chinook's Edge families
  • Allows connections to your community schools 
  • Families work alongside the school to provide the best program for all students.  It is a partnership between family and the school
  • Content created and supported by our teachers in Chinook's Edge
  • Regular communication between the school and the family. 

Stay connected!
Stay with Chinook's Edge for Alternative Learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will families have access to resources at the school?

Yes, Alternative Learning students are students of their community school.  They are accessing their mode of instruction differently than others, but have access to resources that other students have.  A plan for this access will be developed in collaboration with the Alternative Learning teacher, and could include:

  • Library/ Learning Commons
  • Sports Teams
  • Family School Wellness
  • Inclusive Education Supports (Speech, Occupational Therapy, Psychology)
  • Clubs
  • School/Home Communications
  • Technology Assistance 
  • Attendance at Special Events (Academic Awards, Fun Days, Field Trips)

2. What courses is Chinook's Edge offering through Alternative Learning?

At this time, we are only offering core subjects (Math, English Language Arts, Social Students, Science).  Complementary subjects may be accessed in-person.  Please talk to your administrator about Flex/Blended options.

3. Why would a family choose to have Paper Based/Online as their primary mode of instruction?

Alternative Learning offers choice and the ability to adjust programming over the course of the school year, as the child's needs and circumstances evolve. This is different from other learning organizations that do not have the option for students to return to a classroom after October 1st.  Parents commit to a partnership with the school, and recognize that they play a vital role to ensure their child is moving their learning forward daily. 

4. If we have already registered in another program, is it too late to reconsider and register with the Alternative Learning program in Chinook's Edge?

No, we encourage families to explore options with Chinook’s Edge School Division, and we are happy to support you in making the educational decision that best fits your child’s needs. Please talk to your administrator about Alternative Learning options, or contact Principal Dean Nielsen at (403) 877-0843.

Stay connected!
Stay with Chinook's Edge for Alternative Learning.

Principal bio

Principal Dean Nielsen has been serving Chinook's Edge students and families in a leadership capacity for over 10 years. He has been a teacher, coordinator, Learning Services Team member, teacher mentor and Vice Principal of Hugh Sutherland School in Carstairs. His role as Student Services Coordinator of Assistive Technology set many Chinook's Edge students up for success by providing alternative supports for their learning. 

Prior to joining Chinook's Edge, Principal Dean spent time as an elementary and middle school teacher, an instructional coach and a student services coordinator with Golden Hills School Division. He holds B.Ed and B.A. degrees from Lakehead University, and an Master of Education degree from the University of Calgary. Dean Nielsen's devotion to student success, effective relationships and creative program planning sets Alternative Learning in Chinook's Edge up for success!