About

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The Boyle Street Education Centre grew out of Boyle Street Community Services in September 1995. As inner-city adults coming into the co-op for support often brought youth with them, we realized something needed to be done to support them. We didn’t intend to grow a school out of the co-op, but youth showing up at our doorstep needed a learning environment where they could be given a chance. Students who come to BSEC are often reluctant to return to conventional school systems in Alberta – where they have been treated unfairly and without regard to their needs.

At Boyle Street Education Centre, we take a trauma-informed approach to education. We understand what our students have been through – drastic, life-changing events such as homelessness, physical and mental abuse, drug addiction, and poverty. We’re here to give youth a home, where they don’t just succeed academically but feel safe, appreciated, valued and seen.

Our Program

Marginalized students in Alberta are faced with racism, cultural abuse, and feelings of abandonment. At Boyle Street Education Centre, we offer something truly different – a trauma-informed, reconciliation-first approach that accepts students for who they are – one that nourishes and heals their spirits.

Our program gives students the chance to learn at their own pace while still keeping achievable goals in sight. Students can learn in our commercial kitchen, fully-stocked music room, woodworking studio, and full-sized gym and workout centre complete with a basketball court. If students feel like they need space and time away from the classroom, we’re here to give it to them. 

 

Students at BSEC don’t have a conventional education in our school. They are given the opportunity to learn skills that are often out of reach for students in conventional classrooms. While students in other schools can pay to take extracurriculars (band class, woodwork, etc.), students at BSEC have the opportunity to take extracurriculars for free – led by inspiring, wonderful instructors.

We provide students a space free from harm – no matter your identity, ethnicity, gender or sexuality – we welcome you home.

BSEC Programs

Art

Painting, drawing, and writing in our art classes – at BSEC, our students are encouraged to express their creativity! BSEC students can learn how to create through their own cultural and ethnic identities.

Gold eye Camp

School camp

Indigenous Cultural Experiences

We want to inspire our students with new and familiar experiences that remind them of the strength and beauty of their cultures. From on land-based learning and sweat lodges, to daily smudging, we embrace your culture in every way we can.

Woodworking & Painting

Learning how to work with wood, paint, metals, and tools in our shop and woodworking studio – these valuable skills can help students transition to NAIT and other technical schools once they graduate from BSEC.

Cooking

Learning how to cook in our fully stocked commercial kitchen  – youth who have an interest in cooking or who want to provide for their families have the opportunity to learn how with hands-on experience.

Hairstyling & Cosmetology

Learn the in’s and out’s of owning a salon with skills in hair cutting, styling and colouring or esthetics like manicures and pedicures. We offer an extensive training program in hairstyling and design, with a full-service studio in the palms of your hands.

Music

Learning how to play a new instrument or master one you already know – our music program is extensive! At BSEC, we offer classes on producing, writing, and creating music with any instrument you can think of. We also provide instruction in podcasting and radio work. Our music program features an artist in residence to provide guidance to our students.

Yoga & Meditation

Students learn new ways to address feelings of anxiety and depression through connecting to their breath. Yoga teaches mind/body connections in gentle and supportive ways.

Fashion

Have your own style and a desire to make your own clothing? We have a full-size fashion studio, complete with sewing machines and instructors who will help you realize your dream of working in the fashion industry.

Improv Drama

Learn to harness the power of quick wit and creativity with unscripted theatre. Our improv program features Rapid Fire Theatre instructors to give our students a learning experience that rivals professional theatre groups.

Recreational Activities

Working out, playing sports, or just having fun – we offer a full gym, basketball court, and athletics program for BSEC students looking for an experience outside of the classroom.

Cooking

Learning how to cook in our fully stocked commercial kitchen  – youth who have an interest in cooking or who want to provide for their families have the opportunity to learn how with hands-on experience.

Hairstyling & Cosmetology

Learn the in’s and out’s of owning a salon with skills in hair cutting, styling and colouring or esthetics like manicures and pedicures. We offer an extensive training program in hairstyling and design, with a full-service studio in the palms of your hands.

Recreational Activities

Working out, playing sports, or just having fun – we offer a full gym, basketball court, and athletics program for BSEC students looking for an experience outside of the classroom.

Woodworking & Painting

Learning how to work with wood, paint, metals, and tools in our shop and woodworking studio – these valuable skills can help students transition to NAIT and other technical schools once they graduate from BSEC.

Music

Learning how to play a new instrument or master one you already know – our music program is extensive! At BSEC, we offer classes on producing, writing, and creating music with any instrument you can think of. We also provide instruction in podcasting and radio work.

Fashion

Have your own style and a desire to make your own clothing? We have a full-size fashion studio, complete with sewing machines and instructors who will help you realize your dream of working in the fashion industry.

Art

Painting, drawing, and writing in our art classes – at BSEC, our students are encouraged to express their creativity! BSEC students can learn how to create through their own cultural and ethnic identities.

Improv Drama

Learn to harness the power of quick wit and creativity with unscripted theatre. Our improv program features Rapid Fire Theatre instructors to give our students a learning experience that rivals professional theatre groups.

Indigenous Cultural Experiences

We want to inspire our students with new and familiar experiences that remind them of the strength and beauty of their cultures. From on land-based learning and sweat lodges, to daily smudging, we embrace your culture in every way we can.

Yoga & Meditation

Students learn new ways to address feelings of anxiety and depression through connecting to their breath. Yoga teaches mind/body connections in gentle and supportive ways.

Goldeneye Camp

School Camp

Our Community

We care about our community. It’s a sentence often replicated by most schools, but at Boyle Street Education Centre, our teachers have been volunteering and working alongside inner-city youth their entire lives. We’re not just here for our students’ academic highs – we’re also here right alongside them for every low they may face.

We are proud to have such a dedicated team of caring, supportive staff who want to see you succeed. Our teaching and administrative team is supported by mental health professionals and social workers.