Focus High School

Principal: Craig Olenik
Head Teacher: Penny Arns
Secretary: Dale Osmond Fernandes
Telephone: 514.481.1818
Fax: 514.481.0523
Location: Focus High School is located near complexe récréatif Gadbois in the Southwest borough and can be reached via buses 36 and 37
Grade Level: 7-9
Guidance Counsellor: Paola Borzone

Educational Standards & Procedures

Standards and Procedures are official documents pertaining to the evaluation of student learning. They provide a summary of the evaluation criteria for each subject, and the period during which exams are scheduled.


Focus High School provides a nurturing and stimulating learning environment for secondary students who have not experienced success in a traditional school setting. Our goal is to help students develop the confidence, self-efficacy, social skills and behavioral competence that will allow them to continue their academic journey successfully. We encourage student growth, sensory awareness and self-regulation by teaching specific techniques supported by current research in neuroscience and maintaining a firm, consistent, yet forgiving structure throughout the school day.

Students follow the curriculum determined by MEES while benefiting from a closed-classroom learning environment, small class size and individualized programming. Rigorous and relevant academic activities with emphasized integration of technology, music, media arts, physical education, nutrition, and other alternatives for tactile, kinesthetic learners are offered in the mornings while structured social, physical, recreational and skill-based activities are facilitated in the afternoons. Junior students follow a regular, adapted or modified general education path until secondary 3 at their own pace, while senior students receive emphasized practical training in semiskilled trades leading to certification through the work-oriented training path.

WOTP Program

The Work-Oriented Training Program is a program created to help students acquire work skills. The Pre-Work Program, currently offered at FOCUS High School, is a 3 year program for students aged 15 and over. Students learn core academic content while focusing on the acquisition of work skills that they can use to work in their communities. A “hands-on” approach is used to challenge students in completing various manual tasks while helping them develop greater initiative, self-discipline and reliability. In years 2 and 3, the students must successfully complete a work placement that allows them to master seven competencies that are necessary to graduate from the program.


Photos from Focus High School

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