New Students


Considering attending BSEC?

Education is more than memorizing information. It is about feeling seen, heard, supported, and healthy. We believe that a well-rounded support system helps our students succeed.

Boyle Street Education Centre (BSEC) is a public charter school in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Downtown Edmonton). We seek to address the learning needs of inner-city, street-involved youth who feel they have lost their space in school systems throughout Alberta. We’ve been accepting students at BSEC since 1995 – students who have been impacted emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually throughout their young lives.

At BSEC, support looks like:

  • maintaining mental and physical health
  • making sure you can get to school
  • helping with housing advice, legal advice and job opportunities
  • changing teaching methods to better suit your learning style
  • being a safe space for 2SLGBTQIA+
  • providing opportunities for Indigenous cultural and spiritual connection


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

What can I learn at BSEC?

BSEC is more than English, science, math, and social studies. We help you build a strong foundation for your future by offering hands-on career options. At BSEC, you will have the support to learn new things and make mistakes in a supportive environment.

We’ve got a fully stocked commercial kitchen for you to learn how to cook in. Already the head chef at home? Master your culinary skills with us.

Do you enjoy working with wood, paint, metal, and tools? Learn to build in our shop.


Learn how to cut, style, and work with hair – we offer a broad training program in hairstyling and design. You get a full-service studio in the palms of your hands.

BSEC’s music program is extensive! We offer production, writing, and playing classes with any instrument you can think of. We also provide instruction in podcasting and radio.
Are you obsessed with fashion and want to learn how to make your own clothing? We’ll teach you.

We provide the space and equipment you need to experiment and learn new skills.

BSEC encourages students to create through their own cultural and ethnic identities.

Your future is yours, and we are here to help!

A day in the life

What it's like to attend to BSEC

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Ready to Register?

Welcome to the first step towards your future. By choosing BSEC, you’ve found a school that understands the obstacles facing you. We will walk the path alongside you. Today is the day to let us welcome you.
We accept new students between the ages of 14 and 19 years old (as of September 1). If you are not already enrolled in another school and want to get started, here is what you need:

  • A completed registration form
  • Government-issued identification (License, Health Card, Status Card, etc.) If you don’t have any of the above, come see us and we will work together to get you a government issued ID

or download the PDF to complete the form offline.

Virtual Tour


For Students

 Anyone between the ages of 14 and 19, not registered at other schools.

Our students are those who have struggled with previous school environments – youth who have not experienced success in conventional learning environments and have had many disruptions in their education.

Registering is a quick process, and we can help every step of the way. Just let us now –

Yes, as long as you are not registered at another school, we are happy for you to join us at any point during the school year.

Your experience at BSEC is going to give you more opportunity to figure out what you want from life. The curriculum is flexible to better suit your learning style and has more opportunities to explore your interests in a space that feels motivating, non-judgemental, and safe. Teachers and administration at BSEC want you to succeed and they show it by helping you learn in ways that work best for you. Find out more about what it is like to attend BSEC.

With our stacked offering of classes, you will have the opportunity to learn more of what interests you. We offer a unique program that allows our students to explore different skills and interests, as well as learning the classic English, science, math and social studies. 

We offer classes in cooking, shop and woodworking, hair and esthetics, music, art, fashion, athletics, improv drama, camps and more. Find out more about the different types of classes you can take at BSEC.

At BSEC, we do everything we can to help students leave with their high school diploma. Our program is flexible. We work with you, providing the tools and resources you need to graduate.

While we are here to help you in every way we can, it is up to the student to come to school as much as possible to fulfill graduation requirements. In nearly 30 years, we have maintained a 100% graduation rate – so we know you can do it!

We understand students have commitments outside of school. While we encourage your attendance as much as possible, our program is flexible, and we work with you to make sure you keep learning.

We provide counseling and support in many specialized areas – working closely with students to help them succeed. Supporting our students’ mental health is very important to us. We understand mental health support is more than just talk therapy.

That’s normal! It is okay to not know what you want to do yet. That is why we place a large focus of our programming on courses that provide career skills – so our students can explore their skills and interests in an environment that allows them to make mistakes and try new things.

Yes! We have counsellors who know and understand the job market. They can help you look at options for your future.

Yes! There are both on- and off-campus Work Experience Programs, featuring courses to further your personal development, career planning, and employability skills through placements.

We have plenty of options for you to choose from, including art, cooking, fashion, hairstyling, cosmetology, improv drama, music, woodwork, painting, yoga, and meditation.

No. You can decide the extent to which your family is involved in your education. We understand and respect that all family relationships are different.

We will work with you to make sure that you can do both – it’s possible. Our teachers and staff understand the challenges of juggling both. We’re here to help you figure it out.