Student Transition to Employment Program (STEP) is
a District career preparation program for students who are having
difficulties in the regular academic program. Students have the
opportunity to work towards their School Leaving Certificate. Basics are
taught in the core academic subjects: English, Math, Social Studies,
Career Education and Physical Education.
When appropriate, students are encouraged
to take skill or trade courses offered at Gladstone including Applied
Skills and Fine Arts. Conflict resolution, anger management and
certificate courses such as St. John’s Emergency First Aid may be
offered to the students.
Each year the students have two mandatory,
three-week work experiences as part of their career preparation. This
gives the students the opportunity to experience first hand a variety of
work opportunities. Along with academics, the group takes part in
outdoor education trips. The purpose of these trips is to build social
and group dynamic skills. Emphasis is placed on
building student’s reliability, punctuality, manners, personal
responsibility and commitment.
Students are appropriate for placement in this program when they:
- require modified course work and are motivated to complete a grade 12 school completion certificate program;
- are not succeeding in the regular program course work, but are motivated to remain in school;
- have Reading and Mathematics skills that are below grade level;
- understand and commit (with parental agreement) to the career
development nature of the program, including work experience which is
mandatory at the Grade 11 and 12 levels
STTEP referrals be submitted to the Central Screening Committee.