NEELIN HIGH SCHOOL - OFF CAMPUS (NHSOC) is an initiative of the Brandon School Division that opened its doors to the public in September of 2007. The school offers students who have been out of school the opportunity to complete their education in a more flexible setting. NHSOC is staffed by six full time teachers, a guidance counsellor, a social worker, a resource teacher and a vice principal.
Q. What is NHSOC?
NEELIN HIGH SCHOOL - OFF CAMPUS (NHSOC) is an alternative school setting for students who are at risk of quitting their education for a variety of reasons. Students are self-directed and work at a more flexible pace. NHSOC works well for students who:
It is our intention to meet the needs of students who do not function well within the traditional high school setting. Course requirements here are the same as they are at other Manitoba High Schools.
Q. Who can attend NHSOC?
NHSOC is open to students who are not attending high school at the present time. This may include:
- Students currently not registered in any high school
- Students registered in a high school, but not attending.
NOTE: Older students (closer to 18), who choose to attend here, tend to be most successful.
Q. What does self-directed mean?
We encourage students to set dates for completion of a unit of work, but that may be different for each student. Students set goals and go through the steps to attain these goals within a reasonable period of time. We help students plan their program but each student is the most responsible for their program.
Q. What are the rules of the school?
Basically, there are four rules:
- Anyone coming to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave.
- Anyone threatening one of our students anywhere or anytime of the day will be asked to leave.
- Anyone displaying gang paraphernalia or gang tagging will be asked to leave.
NOTE: Breaking rules 1-3 means you can no longer attend the off campus program.
- Because we are located in a small setting, mutual respect is essential. If a studious and respectful atmosphere is not maintained, everyone suffers. Therefore a student behaving in a disrespectful manner will be asked to leave. When the student is ready to return be it 1 hour, 1 day or 1 week, he or she will be welcomed back.
We understand that sometimes life presents us with challenges. If for some reason you should need to be withdrawn please remember that you are always welcomed back once you have overcome your obstacles.
Q. Do I have to attend regularly?
In order for students to be successful and complete courses towards graduation, it will be very important to attend regularly. Personal circumstances that hinder attendance need to be discussed with a teacher to set up personal goals. Our goal is to help you receive an education and we will try to help in whatever way we can. You are encouraged to do your work at home, or anywhere else that you find is productive as well as NHSOC.
Q. Can students graduate from NHSOC?
Students can graduate in one of two different ways:
Q. If I attend NHSOC will I still be able to graduate from one of the other schools?
If you finish your courses at off campus, you must contact the school that you wish to graduate from and request permission (apply) to graduate from that school.
THE PRINCIPAL OF EACH SCHOOL HAS THE FINAL DECISION ON YOUR APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION.
Q. What happens if students do not meet the goals they have set for themselves?
One of the teachers will meet with the student to set new goals. Ultimately students must meet their goals in order to graduate from high school.
Q. How do I register?
If you are currently not attending a high school, pick up a registration form from NHSOC or Neelin High School (main campus). Upon completion, return the form to Off Campus and you will receive a call from our guidance counsellor. If you are currently registered at one of the high schools, you must be recommended by your principal. We recommend that you approach a counsellor or resource teacher to discuss this.
Q. What are your hours?
- Monday - 9:00am to 3:30 pm
- Tuesday - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
- Wednesday - 9:00am to 3:30 pm
- Thursday - 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
- Friday - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Q. What kind of courses are offered?
We offer a combination of self-directed and Web C.T. courses. These include courses at the grade 9 to 12 levels.
Q. What courses are offered at NHSOC?
||Cultural Credit, Family Studies, Law, Psychology|
As well, depending on circumstances, the possibility exists for a combination of courses with one of the other High Schools.
Q. Is there student parking at NHSOC?
No. Unfortunately, we do not have our own parking lot for students. For those who are driving, there are several options within a short walk. There are monthly passes for lots that are close to the school. There is free parking on the street within two blocks of off campus. Two hour downtown meter parking is available for students and visitors. The City of Brandon Bus stops very close to NHSOC.
Q. Am I able to access transportation to NHSOC?
You may be able to arrange bus transportation to Off Campus from your area. Please contact the Brandon School Division Transportation Department (204-729-3976) to inquire about bus schedules.