Skip to main content
London District Catholic School Board
Admissions & Registration
Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL)

Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL)

Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) is an option under the Education Act that allows alternative programming for secondary students, aged 14-18, who find they are not benefiting within the regular school system. If the decision is that a student would benefit from SAL, an application and SAL plan is developed in consultation with the school student success team. The SAL Plan outlines goals in three specific areas: Education, Work, Personal Goals

Advantages of SAL

SAL is a transitional program that can provide an educational option for the most challenging students. The focus is on students who have significant difficulty learning within the context of a regular classroom for a variety of reasons:

  • chronic absences from school
  • disengaged from school
  • difficulties coping with the traditional structured classroom
  • mental health issues /anxiety, depression, school phobia
  • may benefit from a practical, short-term employment experience
  • may benefit from different life experiences to help gain personal awareness and knowledge, develop skills for problem-solving, decision-making and goal setting
  • need to earn certificates to gain employment

SAL provides flexibility plus an opportunity to be pro-active with students to develop a plan to return to school at a later time or to gain employment. Students given approval for the SAL program may continue his/her learning in various ways such as:

  • part-time employment and part-time school
  • enrollment two or less courses
  • participation in employment-readiness programs
  • participation in community-based youth programs
  • participation in community-based counselling to address barriers to learning
  • participation in life skills and personal life management non-credit classes
  • engagement in volunteer experiences and other activities that will help students set short and long term goals to transition back to regular school, or prepare for the world of work

Continue to grow SAL as a viable option to serve students who are disengaged and need help addressing barriers to learning, experience success and become re-engaged with learning. New SAL’s and renewals occur in October, March and June. ​