Avon Maitland District School Board’s Connections program provides engaging, individualized educational opportunities for students with diverse learning needs who would benefit from an alternative learning environment. 


  • Support students to achieve academic and personal success in their chosen pathway. 
  • Provide the opportunity for students to develop skills and strategies that prepare them for their next steps after secondary school. 
  • Offer a community environment that supports individual student needs.
  • Use a variety of delivery models combined with an understanding of unique student needs to assist students in achieving success.

Students will participate in a variety of learning models that will include a blend of:

  • Face-to-face courses in the mainstream program
  • eLearning courses delivered by subject qualified Connections teachers from across AMDSB
  • eLearning courses through Avon Maitland Distance eLearning Centre
  • Cooperative education courses


Student Expectations

  • Meet the attendance requirements as agreed upon during the intake process;
  • Come to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
  • Actively participate in your own learning and connect regularly with teacher(s);
  • Ask for help or support! We want you to succeed and we are here to help you;
  • Follow the established expectations and take responsibility for your own actions; and,
  • Comply with the School Code of Conduct. 

Registration Information

Students/families interested in more information about and/or applying to the Connections program should contact the Student Services department at your school. As part of the application process, students/families will complete a personalized learning and attendance plan with your school Student Success team that will set out curricular and personal goals for the school year.  Applications are reviewed by a team at the district level and the outcome of the application will be communicated to the student/family by the school team.