Community Organized Support & Prevention (COSP)

Positive Alternative Student Support (PASS)


  • An on-site, temporary classroom like setting
  • A safe, structured learning environment that is supervised
  • A program that supports students who may be at risk


  • To support students working toward positive outcomes, academically and behavioural
  • To increase students insight into responsible behavior
  • To develop life skills using a cognitive behavioural approach
  • To enhance the student’s self-esteem through achievement
  • To avoid an interruption in a student’s education by working on assignments provided by their school
  • To support an Action Plan designed to address behaviours associated with the reason for the referral

About the Program

  • For students 12-17
  • Can be referred by their school, parent/guardians, counselors, social workers or Probation Officers
  • Students can be referred to PASS for up to 20 days
  • Parental consent is required
  • Class runs from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday to Friday with the exception of statutory holidays and PA days.
  • The Trenton site runs the same except from 09:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.
  • Students work independently on assignments provided by their teachers.
  • The student may also work on life skill packages related to the reason of the referral.
  • One to one assistance and support is provided by a qualified Educational Assistant.
  • To support re-entry into the school setting.

Program Expectations

  • Follow the same code of conduct as in the schools.
  • Arrive at PASS by 8:30 am and stay until dismissal at 12:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Arrive at the Trenton site by 9:00 am and stay until dismissed at noon.
  • Students apply themselves in order to be successful in all tasks and assignments.
  • Cell phones will be turned off upon arrival.
  • No contraband in class such as cigarettes or lighters.