Department Head - A. Sawyers

Welcome to ASPIRE's site. It is our hope that you can find helpful information here about our program as well as useful links to other sites.

ASPIRE is all about helping families from Southwestern Ontario who need something different from the usual school structure. Many of our students work seasonally while earning their credits. Many come from low German-speaking Mennonite communities. Others just like the ability to work semi-independently at their own speed. Regardless, we are here to help support each student in reaching goals and achieving high school graduation.

We offer a wide variety of courses to help students meet all of their diploma requirements as well as pursue interests. Evening courses which are teacher-led have included Family Studies, Shop (a blend of automotive, welding & woodworking), Art, Phys-Ed and Music. If there is a course that interests a student we will do our utmost to make sure he or she can get it. This includes college level courses of study.  

Department Head - A. Chibueze

Co-Operative Education (Co-op)

Co-op is a planned learning experience, for which credits are earned, that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at a workplace to enable students to apply and refine the knowledge and skills acquired in a related curriculum course.

Department Head - B. Geerts

Department Head - N. Robbins
English Language Learner (ELL)

An English Language Learner is a student whose first language is other than English or is a variety of English that is significantly different from what is used for instruction in Ontario schools.

We offer two programs:

  1. English as a Second Language (ESL) support is for students who have attended school and can read and write in their first language at an age-appropriate level; and
  2. English Literacy Development (ELD) support is for students who have missed all or some of their schooling or who cannot yet read and write in their first language at an age-appropriate level.

Teacher In Charge - A. Chibueze

Enrichment Program (EEE)

East Elgin Enrichment Program (EEE) is site is meant to provide information about the various programs available at East Elgin for our Gifted and Talented Enrichment (GATE) students.

If you are interested in any of the programming that is available, and would like to be considered for inclusion in EEE, please ask your classroom teacher to email Mr. McBurney to arrange a virtual interview.

Teacher In Charge - A. McBurney

Environmental Leadership Program (ELP)

The Environmental Leadership Program offered at East Elgin Secondary School is a four credit course integrating senior level Interdisciplinary Studies (Resource Management/Conservation), Physical Education (Outdoor Education) and Co-operative Education.

Teacher In Charge - A. Bengen

Family Studies
Department Head - A. Gavey
Department Head - N. Grayson

Each student has an assigned alpha counsellor. Students should consult a Guidance counsellor regarding course selections, career information, financial assistance, post-secondary school information, myBlueprint, and apprenticeship programs. Information is also available for out-of-school assistance in such areas as family counselling, psychological testing and other social services. Parents are encouraged to contact counsellors to arrange interviews.

Department Head - S. Suffel


Department Head - B. Doyle

A learning commons is a whole school approach to building a participatory learning community. The Library Learning Commons is the physical and virtual collaborative learning hub of the school. It is designed to engineer and drive future-oriented learning and teaching throughout the entire school.

Department Head - D. Harrington


Math help and EQAO math testing

Department Head - D. Emmons


Acting Department Head - K. Burns
Performing Arts

This includes, Dance, Drama, and Music.

Department Head - T. Hiepleh

Physical Education (Phys Ed.)

Welcome to the EESS Physical and Health Education Department! At East Elgin, we strive to promote daily physical living and movement by introducing students to a wide variety of activities. Whether you are an athlete who excels at everything you do, or a person who prefers more individual activities set at your own pace, we have something for everybody.

Department Head - K. Vowles (Acting)

Department Head - D. Sinclair
Special Education (Spec Ed)

Special Education - All students in our schools, regardless of background or ability, will have the opportunity to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to live up to their full potential.

Department Head - N. Fitzgerald

Student Success Teacher (SST)

The Ministry of Education provides funding for a Student Success Teacher who knows and tracks the progress of students at risk of not graduating; who support school-wide efforts to improve outcomes for students struggling with the secondary curriculum; who provide direct support/instruction to these students in order to improve student achievement, retention, and transition; and who work with parents and the community to support student success.

Teacher In Charge  - M. Mattingley 

Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL)

Teacher In Charge - S. Handley

Technological Education (Tech)

Technological education enables students to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century:

  • Communications
  • Computer Technology
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Exploring Technology
  • Green Industries
  • Hair and Aesthetics
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program which allows students to experience a range of customized, career-focused learning opportunities while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Department Head - C. Suffel 

Emails and Websites
Teacher and Staff Emails 

Teacher Websites - Some teachers are using Google Classroom to provide content to their students. Students access their Google Classroom using their school computer account. 

Contact Us

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