North Star is a unique program that offers students a chance to excel at education. It is more than a program that focuses on only the academic needs of students. Many students can be overwhelmed and lost in traditional school settings. At North Star we help students with all aspects of their life and focus on getting our students to graduation.

Students work to receive a regular high school diploma, just as they would in a traditional school; we just change the method and style in which we deliver instruction. Through individual flexible schedules, students can work at a pace suited to their particular learning style.

Students work on modules and focus on developing a broad range of academic skills and social aptitudes. The instructor works with students in small groups or one on one, whatever is necessary for students to complete the requirements they need to graduate.  

Courses are delivered according to Alberta Education Curriculum and they fulfill the requirements for the Alberta High School Diploma and the Certificate of Achievement.

For further information, please call Ross MacDonald at (780) 662-3119 or email​.

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Mr. Ross MacDonald has been an Outreach teacher for 17 years. He has spent the majority of his career working in north-central Alberta in the communities of Slave Lake and Kinuso. Ross has also recently completed a successful 3-year secondment with the Ministry of Education where he was working in Curriculum design.

Education Philosophy: Can be summed up in a quotation by one of my favourite critical thinkers, Christopher Hedges 

“We’ve bought into the idea that education is about training and “success”, defined monetarily, rather than learning to think critically and to challenge. We should not forget that the true purpose of education is to make minds, not careers. A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, which fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death.”