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Durham Alternative Secondary School is comprised of the following programs:

    • DASS Oshawa
    • DASS Pickering
    • DASS North (Port Perry)
    • Community Based Learning Program (Oshawa, Pickering, North)
    • Teen Parent Program

Please click on the appropriate program on the left for more information.


Re-engaging young adults to support OSSD Completion.

There are a number of factors that lead to DDSB students leaving school before the completion of their OSSD:

  • New Canadians
  • Move to Durham Region and are over the age of 18
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Transient lifestyles
  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Not having access to unique program needs that support specific pathways or provide Authentic learning opportunities

What does DASS do to re-engage these young adults?

  • Set High Expectations for student learning
  • A Flexible Timetable with later start times and earlier dismissal times available
  • Nine week Sessions
  • Unique Course offerings based on Student Voice, Student Needs, and Student Learning Styles
  • Courses that focus on Social Justice – Indigenous Studies, Black studies, Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, Hip Hop
  • A focus on Pathways planning for University, College, and The Workplace
  • Make strong Community Connections for students to support their learning and personal growth
  • Gap Closing Academic Programs for Literacy and NumeracyCredit Recovery 
  • Teachers who focus on Increasing Student Responsibility, Ownership and Accountability HOW?:
    • Effective Instructional Strategies – Inquiry Based Learning
    • Lessons focused on Learning Goals and Success Criteria
    • Strong Descriptive Feedback
    • Integrating Technology
    • Tiered Interventions
    • Teaching Self-Regulation Skills
    • Assessment practices that focus on a gradual release of responsibility (self, peer, and teacher)

DASS is a school that offers:

  • Diploma Compulsory Courses
  • Cooperative Education (continuous intake)
  • Student Success Program (continuous intake) – Credit Recovery, Navigating the Workplace
  • Dual Credit Pogram
  • Workplace Certification Program – Safe Food Handling, SmartServe, First Aid, Counterfeit Detection, WHMIS
  • Centre For Success Program @ Durham College
  • E-Learning Courses
  • Teen Parent Program – pregnant teens and teen moms - multiple locations to attend

  • Native Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Queer Studies
  • Women’s Studies
  • Men’s Studies
  • Life Skills Fashion Design
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Active LGBTQ Program
  • ARTS IN ACTIONS Programs
  • Community Connections:
    • Durham Mental Health Workers
    • CYW’s (Child and Youth Workers)
    • Pinewood
    • John Howard Society