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Academic Services and Special Programs

P3 – After School Program

P3 is an after-school help program that runs in our library from Monday to Thursday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. throughout the school year to provide direct academic support to students. Teachers, support staff and peer tutors in a variety of subject areas (specifically Math, Science, English and Social Sciences) are available to provide academic assistance.

Students are welcome to

  • complete homework
  • study for tests
  • complete group assignments
  • access computers
  • get extra help with concepts covered in class
  • have written assignments edited

Students also have the opportunity to receive help in study strategies, participate in either Credit Recovery or student tutoring programs and develop interpersonal skills in an informal learning environment.

Students can register by completing the attached form with parental consent and submitting it to Student Services.

P3 Student Registration Form - Download PDF

Homework Help

Niagara Catholic has a new program to assist students in Grades 7 to 10 who are in need of help with math. Homework Help is an e-Learning Ontario provincial initiative, operated by the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) in conjunction with e-Learning Ontario. It replaces Niagara Catholic’s Mentor Connector project, which was completed at the end of June 2011.

Homework Help incorporates many of the ideas and initiatives of Mentor Connector, which pioneered online homework help in Ontario.

Students in need of help with their math homework can log onto Homework Help for free, online tutoring from Ontario-certified teachers Sundays through Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. A number of other features are available online 24/7.

Homework Help is available at https://homeworkhelp.ilc.org.

Tutors in the Classroom

Through the NCDSB, prospective educators currently enrolled in a faculty of education program are made available to support classroom teachers and students in the areas of literacy and numeracy. The Tutors in the Classroom Program is conducted over both semesters.

Credit Recovery

Credit Recovery is a program offered to a student who has completed a course but has not been successful in demonstrating achievement of the curriculum expectations to a passing level. The classroom teacher, program chair and the Credit Recovery Team can determine and develop a customized program which would best enable the student to meet the expectations and earn credit for the course. The credit recovery program is supported and completed through Success, P3 and an Independent study

Senior Success Alternative Program

Senior Success is a program to support and assist Grade 11/12 students who are credit deficient and potential early leavers. The program includes students being enrolled in online learning and credit recovery.

The Success program is taught by a teacher and supported by a Credit Recovery Assistant (CRA). The programming of the course also includes: career exploration, individual assistance in learning skills, short term counseling, community partner support, community tours, active mentorship and systematic supports.

Dual Credits (Secondary and College)-Connecting to College

A dual credit is one that can be applied as both a secondary school credit and college elective credit.

In our Connecting to College Program, students attend Niagara College for a half-day four times a week earning two dual college/secondary credits. The student will also be enrolled in two more secondary school credits in an every- day half-day program at Holy Cross. There are a limited number of seats in the program for grade 12 students in their graduating year. Students must complete an application form that is submitted to Student Services and then sent to the School-College-Work representative at the school board.

The “Start Series”: Off-site Alternative Programs

1. Fresh Start Program:

The Fresh Start Program is designed as both an intervention and prevention program for students while serving a suspension or limited expulsion. The program is taught by a certified teacher and a Child and Youth Worker (CYW) and is located at the Pope Francis Centre, Welland.

The program strives to address the academic and behavioral needs of the student. Fresh Start provides programs containing strategies for building positive attitudes, for providing continuous learning and for successful re-integration back into the school setting.

2. Jump Start Program:

Jump Start is part of NCDSB’s “start series” of alternative programs. The focus of the program is to provide those students who are experiencing chronic attendance issues an opportunity to attend school on an interim basis. The program is taught by the same certified teacher and a Child and Youth Worker (CYW) as Fresh Start and is located in the same facility.

The key objective is to provide students with the academic, social and behavioral skills to change negative patterns of attendance.

Summer School

Summer School is available as new credit and upgrading during the month of July each summer. Class hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Some students are eligible for transportation to and from the Summer School site. Forms will be available in Student Services in Mid-May

  1. Summer School New Credit Application
  2. Summer School – Upgrading Credit Course Application
  3. Request for Pupil Transportation at Board Expense Summer School

Night School

Please see a guidance counselor to find out about options for Night School at the beginning of each semester.