Africentric Alternative School, Toronto. Kindergarten to JK-Grade 5
Promotes high "academic achievement, high self-pride and a high motivation to succeed"
Oasis Skateboard Factory, Toronto, Grades 9-11
Offers all subjects, with a skateboard and street-art focus. Helps students earn Grade 9, 10 and 11 high-school credits
The National Sport School in Calgary. Grades 9-12
This fall, it's relocating from Ernest Manning High School to Canada Olympic Park. Students must be recommended and receive sanction from an eligible Canadian Olympic Sport governing body.
Sakinah Circle School, Edmonton. Kindergarten to Grade 6
Follows the Alberta curriculum, but from "a Qur'anic worldview."
All-boys Alternative Program, Sir James Lougheed School, Calgary. Kindergarten to Grade 5
Incorporates the latest thinking about boys' education, such as active learning.
The Britannia Hockey Academy, Britannia Secondary School, Vancouver. Grades 8-12
The school blends regular secondary-school courses with a licensed Hockey Canada Skills Academy. Students must have two years of minor hockey experience.
These operate at many sites for kids who consistently achieve B averages or higher and who are very motivated. Focus topics include arts, science and mathematics.