The Shirley Schneider Support Centre, located within Balfour Collegiate, is an alternative high school setting for pregnant and/or parenting women between the ages of 14 and 21. Our mission is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where young women are provided with the academic and social supports necessary to obtain their high school education. We offer a Regular 24 Credit graduation route as well as an Adult 12 program, which are dependent on the individual needs of the student.
Obstacles and challenges can arise as our students navigate through the responsibilities of raising children while attending school, and we offer a multitude of supports to assist our students in these areas. Students have access to health supports: immunization, prenatal class, and a nurse practitioner. We also offer cost-free daycare, nutritious meals/snacks, parenting support, and Teen Parent Workers who assist students with any non-academic struggles they may face.