Alternative schools offer students and parents something different from mainstream schooling. Each alternative school, whether elementary or secondary is unique, with a distinct identity and approach to curriculum delivery. They usually feature a small student population, a commitment to innovative and experimental programs, and volunteer commitment from parents/guardians and other community members.
The ASCAC advises the TDSB on matters concerning alternative schools. The membership is comprised of students, parents, educators, designated TDSB staff and trustees appointed by the Board. The ASCAC is co-chaired by two parents, two students and a trustee.