Our School

kiskinwahamâtowikamik (school, schoolhouse)

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Our students are so much more than their trauma.

Boyle Street Education Centre (BSEC) is a public charter school in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Downtown Edmonton, Alberta). We seek to address the learning needs of inner-city, street-involved youth who feel lost in Albertan school systems.

Our students have complex histories. There is trauma, loss, and abuse but there is also strength and beauty. BSEC students are so much more than their trauma. We strive to incorporate our students’ knowledge and Indigenous culture into our daily school life.

Programs

At Boyle Street Education Centre, your learning is yours to design. Our program has something for everybody. Check out BSEC’s FREE opportunities for students. Learn to cook in our commercial kitchen, create beauty in our esthetics and hair salon, experiment with woodworking in our studio, attend classes on producing, writing, and creating music and explore different sports in our athletics program.

Explore our program – it may just be the right fit for you.

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

Our Mission

The purpose of the Boyle Street Education Centre is to inspire and support the educational success and social development of youth who have previously experienced interruptions in their formal learning.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Boyle Street Education Centre is to inspire and support the educational success and social development of youth who have previously experienced interruptions in their formal learning.

Our Vision​

BSEC believes that all students have the capacity to learn. Our vision is to provide an integrated educational program that enables students to be their best selves.

Our Vision​

BSEC believes that all students have the capacity to learn. Our vision is to provide an integrated educational program that enables students to be their best selves. Maximize their capacity to pursue post-secondary learning if they choose to do so; Enter the workforce, and; Understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Our Purpose

Our instructional practices and student support services are rooted in the belief that both well being and learning are necessary components of a healthy student. We are committed to offering an inclusive and accessible education promoting education, healing and self-growth for all students.

Our Purpose

Our instructional practices and student support services are rooted in the belief that both well being and learning are necessary components of a healthy student. We are committed to offering an inclusive and accessible education promoting education, healing and self-growth for all students.

Our Teachers Change How Students Learn

Our teachers at BSEC have extensive experience working with inner-city youth. We understand what our students have been through – from trying to navigate traumatic home lives to dealing with the conventional education system. 

We’re not just here to get students a degree and out the door – we work with youth emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually so we can find a place of belonging together.

"The youth who enter our doors… may be homeless, involved in criminal activity, lacking sleep, food, clothing and shelter. They may be under the influence of some drug or alcohol. They may be surviving multiple losses, years in the child welfare system, and they most assuredly are survivors of trauma. As well, they may be talented hip-hop artists, graffiti or First Nation artists, poets, singers, athletes, storytellers and/or writers. In short, they may be hiding talents that any group of youth may develop given the opportunity. Our work is to engage them long enough at school so that we may uncover their strengths and support them in looking at new ways of being; one which leads them away from crime, chaos and loss, to one which includes acknowledgement and the possibility of successful attainment of needed skills to go forward into a life that has more options than the one they come from.”
Mavis Averill
– Former teacher, Vice-Principal, Principal, and Superintendent

Support the youth at Boyle Street Education Centre

Members of every Indigenous community in Treaty 6 Territory, friends in the 2SLGBTQ+, and non-Indigenous community members are all invited to visit our school and learn about what we have to offer. 

If you’re interested in getting involved, volunteering, donating your time or resources, contact us today and we will provide you with more information and details.

“Help Make a Meaningful Impact”

History of BSEC

Where BSEC began

Boyle Street Education Centre Timeline

1995 – opened as a charter school…