Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program: Grades 8-9
The focus of the Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program, formally known as Next Step Junior High Outreach, is to provide students in grades 8 to 9 with a modified school schedule. Class sizes are small; include educational supports; and are provided in a welcoming, inclusive, safe and respectful environment. The program supports students in the four core subjects—language arts, mathematics, science and social studies—with opportunities to integrate into the standard school setting, at a pace that’s comfortable to the student. Overall, the program can support a student’ return to full school programming, and accommodates a variety of student needs.
Each student receives teacher-led instruction, self-paced learning and educational support in the four core subject areas—language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Classes are organized by grade groupings, when possible, at the following times:
- Morning Group – 8:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
- 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. – language arts and social studies
- 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – mathematics and science
- Afternoon Group – 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
- 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – language arts and social studies
- 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – mathematics and science
NOTE: Times may vary given the grade grouping, class size and teacher preference.
During non-instruction times, attendance is not required at the school. However, students are expected to pursue other organized enrichment, personal interests, or club activities at this time. In addition, students choose to enroll in the school’s optional classes such as construction, recreation, and foods—acceptance is dependent on availability and scheduling.
All lessons taught within the program are posted online using Google Classroom. Other resources include websites; video, audio, and interactive programs; and self-assessment tools.
student make up:
The Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program support students who:
- have difficulty participating in regular school routines, difficulty participating in the general school and classroom environment because of social concerns, mild-to-moderate mental health issues or attendance issues;
- are experiencing non-evident physical aggression or frequent school-documented incidents of bullying;
- are capable of achieving at, or near, grade level;
- are achieving beyond grade level;
- require a modified school timetable—focused on the four core subject areas—to address mental health, social interaction and the transition to a regular classroom, when appropriate;
- are supported by a parent or guardian who can provide alternative supervision and activities outlined in the student’s individual program plan during the non-instructional portion of the school
Students eligible for the Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program must:
- be a current EIPS-based student or reside within the Division’s attendance boundary;
- meet the criteria listed in section, “student make up;” and
- be referred by administration at their current school.
How to register for the Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program:
- Families wanting to explore the program must express interest to administration at their current school—outlining the reasons why and concerns.
- If the school can’t resolve the issue, administration will refer the student to the Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program—outlining reasons and unresolved concerns.
- After receiving the referral, Clover Bar Junior High administration will reach out to the family, offer details about the program and expectations.
- The family will then complete and submit the registration form for the program, which includes.
- a description of expectations, criteria and limitation;
- a description of how the program works, hours and location;
- a description of expectations from family to ensure success;
- information about underlying issues relating to the need for alternative programming;
- information about the students’ strengths and challenges; and
- Administration, the counsellor, and the Specialized Supports Consultant will review the registration form and make a decision about the student’s eligibility for the
- Administration then communicates the decision to the family—accepted or unaccepted.
- If accepted, a family intake meeting is scheduled with the family and teacher:
- to define expectations for attendance, behaviour, family supports and participation; and
- to complete an alternative activity-program plan during the non-instructional
EXPECTATIONS parents and guardians:
Because of Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program's unique nature, parental support is necessary to ensure its success. Parents must commit to providing supervision during the non-instructional hours, which includes structuring optional activities outside of class. In addition, families must arrange for transportation to and from school to access the program.
study and review:
All expectations around studying and reviewing class material are the same as traditional school. On an ongoing basis, students need to dedicate time outside of class to complete homework, review, read and study.
Regular attendance and arriving on time are strongly encouraged. It is also expected that appointments are booked outside of instructional time. If a student is absent, the family must let the school know by calling 780-467-2295. Students are responsible for all missed homework because of absences.
If attendance is a challenge, speak to the teacher directly. The school will develop a plan to help with attendance and connect the student to supports outside of the school.
Positive behaviour is always expected from all students attending Clover Bar Junior High. To ensure a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful environment co-operation is needed between students, teacher and staff in the classroom and school site.
Transportation to and from the school site is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. Some students may be able to access EIPS Student Transportation. To learn more contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.
The success of the Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program depends on the ongoing communication between the teacher and family. As such, it is imperative both the student and the family have access to PowerSchool—and they check it regularly. In addition to PowerSchool, other communication methods including email, phone calls and a frequently updated teacher website are used to support learning. The first line of communication is with the classroom teacher.
After reviewing the completed registration, school administration will contact the family to let them know if the student is accepted into the Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program. If the student is accepted, the teacher will make an appointment to interview the student and family, which helps determine the best programming for the student. In addition, the student must complete a Technology User Agreement and an Off-Site Field Trip Permission Form. The school will also request the student’s CUM file.
All students enrolled in the Clover Bar Junior High Bridging Program receive a half-day of instructional support. They are required, by legislation, to spend the balance of the day on instructional pursuits. It’s the family’s responsibility to help arrange, support and monitor the non-instructional time and complete a monthly report outlining the attendance and completion of these activities. Upon acceptance, the student and family, with the teacher’s, need to submit a Commitment Form and an Activity Schedule that meets the instructional and activity requirements. At a later day, the teacher will also provide the student with assessment activities to better understand their learning strengths and challenges.
Clover Bar Junior High
Clover Bar Junior High encourages all students and families enrolled in the program to familiarize themselves with the school—by review school documents and information available at cloverbar.ca.
All Clover Bar Junior High students are welcomed and considered Knights. Collectively, everyone at the school look forward to welcoming the program and students into the school community. If you have any further questions or concerns about the school or program, contact the school directly at 780-467-2295.