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INDIEKIDZ! Fundraiser – Sunday May 4, 1-4pm, Tranzac Club

Posted by Emily on May 1, 2014


INDIEKIDZ!, ALPHA’s annual spring fundraiser is on Sunday, May 4 from 1-4pm
at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave).Our incredible Silent Auction includes these items up for bid:

  • Hotel stay or dinner for two at The Grand Hotel & Suites
  • A pair of Blue Jay Tickets
  • Gift certificates to bakeries and cafes all around town
  • A trove of gift certificates and treasures from Kensington Market, including shops such as Bungalow, Caplanksy’s, Sanigan’s, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky
  • Yoga & Dance classes
  • $100.00 Gift Certificate from Ziliotto, clothing designed & manufactured in Toronto
  • AGO Passes
  • Artfully Silk-screened T-shirts
  • Skateboard from OASIS Skateboard Factory
  • Gift Baskets featuring art supplies, cookware, gourmet
  • Original fine art paintings, interior decor and furniture
  • Art Baskets, featuring Make-Your-Own Original Art kits by Faber Castell

Spread the word far and wide. Good friends help to make good bids!

Of course, we will also have rockin’ kids’ talent on-stage and lovely sweet treats to snack on.

There’s lots of reasons to meet up with friends at INDIEKIDZ!

Many Thanks!

Open Houses for New Families

Posted by Emily on December 12, 2013


ALPHA is the oldest elementary alternative school in Toronto.

We are also Ontario’s only public democratic free school.

To learn more about our school and place your child’s name on the waiting list,
please attend one of our ALPHA Admissions Open Houses:

Dates: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 OR Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 6-8pm
Address: 20 Brant Street (Spadina Ave & King St W)

An affordable vegan dinner will be available for purchase.

ALPHA has an equity-seeking mandate and encourages applications from families that represent the full diversity of communities in Toronto, including families marginalized by ability, class, gender or gender non-conforming identities, race, Aboriginal heritage, and sexual orientation.


Noble Grads in the Toronto Star

Posted by Emily on May 12, 2013



Our dedicated ALPHA grads, Ariel Fielding and Michael Barker, created a 40th Anniversary documentary photo project that was recently featured on CBC Radio 2, and several online news sites, including a print version in the Toronto Star.

The complete photo project, with press links, is on Michael Barker’s site.

The Kids Are All Right

Posted by Rob on May 10, 2013

This recent article featuring Alpha Alums captures what makes Alpha such a special school. Featuring fantastic shots by Michael Barker.

We’re Hiring

Posted by Rob on April 18, 2013

Elementary teacher ALPHA Alternative School

The ALPHA Alternative School teacher is a flexible, creative but strong teacher who will work in a democratic team environment to help elementary school students achieve literacy, numeracy, and–through emergent and interest-based, often arts-infused explorations–develop a strong awareness of the world and their place in it.

 Summary of Duties

  • Will work with Grade 3-6 students, in a small (80 students) elementary alternative school
  • Will work in partnership with two or more teachers, to develop and deliver programming for multi-age classes
  • Will engage in learning and developing democratic education approaches: with students, parents and fellow teachers
  • Will learn and contribute to ALPHA’s democratic community processes: student meetings, student-run disciplinary committee, and a staff-community council
  • Will both individually and collaboratively develop programming that responds to student interest while growing their knowledge of the world and beyond.
  • Will develop responsive strategies for helping individual students of various skill levels and learning styles to gain strength in literacy and numeracy
  • Will investigate and collaborate in arts-integrated literacy, math, science and social studies programming, using decentralized strategies like learning centres, projects, integrated theme-based approaches, as well as classic sequential skills-teaching
  • Will collaborate with fellow teachers and parents to create developmentally appropriate social justice programming, and infuse critical perspectives into the curriculum.
  • Treasures every child’s individuality, models respect and responsibility, and gives space to various experiences, identities, understandings and values.
  • Will be both cooperative and proactive, able to respond to children yet retain one’s natural authority as an adult and teacher
Qualifications and Skills Required
  • JK-Grade 6 qualification
  • Wants to be in a collaborative, democratic community school, interested in democratic and free-school history and or approaches
  • Sees children as pro-active, curious, exploratory learners rather than as empty vessels to receive information: practices democratic, progressive, emergent, and/or responsive pedagogies, and is willing to keep learning from children, peers and community.
  • Committed to cooperative, non-competitive, non-hierarchical approaches to learning.
  • Committed to restorative approaches to behavioural problems and conflict
  • Comfortable with diverse persons and families
  • Able to open conversations and non-judgmentally and collaboratively deal with homo/transphobia, racism, sexism, classism, gender stereotyping, colonialist bias as it is brought into school by young children and unaware adults.
  • Alternative school experience: in teaching, supply or internship
  • Experience in community facilitation, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, in school or other contexts
  • Aware of the difference between freedom and license
  • Skills and strategies to engage children with different learning styles
  • A background in critical pedagogy, particularly with respect to decolonizing and Indigenous perspectives
  • Experience and skills in integrating and infusing anti-racism, anti-oppression into schooling approach and curriculum.
  • Strong listening skills and patience, for working with peers and families
  • Arts/music/drama/story-telling/science/sports an asset
  • Experience in outdoor and nature education an asset
The interview criteria will include the following areas:
  • Experience, skills, knowledge, and commitment to community-based, democratic free-school approach
  • Specific Teaching skills/experience
  • Requisite additional skills/experience to thrive in the role of teacher in ALPHA’s democratic free-school community
  • Attributes to thrive in the role of teacher in ALPHA’s democratic freeschool community
  • Experienced commitment to anti-oppression, decolonization, equity and social justice

Alpha Staffing

Posted by Rob on April 9, 2013
The hiring committee has been working hard. It has recently come to light that because we are adding Full Day Kindergarten next year, we will be adding another half-time staff person next year in addition to the replacement for Sue.
So we need to get the word out to prospective candidates. Like the other job, applicants have to be current half-time regular teachers of the TDSB.  This job is not open to teachers on the eligible to hire list, or not yet employed, or an Long term occasional.
They have to be
  • half-time
  • a regular permanent TDSB teacher
So please talk to all the TDSB teachers you know and ferret out the dynamic, great half-time teachers.  We need your help!

Indie Kidz Music Fest 2013

Posted by Rob on April 9, 2013

Indie Kidz Music Fest

This April 27, 2013 Indie Kidz Music Fest is returning to the Tranzac Club!

Join us from 1 pm to 4 pm for some epic rock and punk from:

  • The Burning Boys
  • Pixelated
  • Out Watch
  • Alpha Uke Club

Featuring a not to be missed silent auction and rock-n-roll makeovers.

$10 for adults • $5 for kids • $25 for the whole family

All proceeds support Alpha Alternative School

Romni Wools Silent Art Auction

Posted by Tania on March 21, 2013

romni wools

Romni Wools is having a silent art auction with all proceeds going to Alpha Alternative School. We will have paintings, stone etched lithographs, sculptures, and more on display in our front window at 658 Queen Street West in Toronto until Saturday April 6th. Bids can be in person or by dialing the store at 416-703-0202. Winning bids will be contacted by phone. Don’t miss it!

Thank you to Romni Wools for their generous support!

Staff Openings at ALPHA Elementary School for September 2013

Posted by Tania on January 28, 2013

Teachers and ECE interested in working at Toronto’s oldest elementary alternative school, ALPHA, a public democratic free school are invited to attend an Information Night on:

Thursday, February 21 from 6-7pm.

Then from 7-8pm, we invite you to stay for our Admissions Information night where prospective families come to learn about the school. We are located at 20 Brant Street, near King and Spadina.

This is a chance to meet current teachers, students, and parents. You will learn more about the school and be able to ask questions prior to the interview process. *Applicants must be on the TDSB eligible to hire list.

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We look forward to seeing you on February 21!

Please RSVP by calling the school at 416-393-1880.

Interested in coming to ALPHA? Come to one of our Info Nights

Posted by Ryan on January 8, 2013
Please spread the word far and wide about our upcoming Admissions Info Nights:

ALPHA, the oldest elementary alternative school in Toronto, is Ontario’s only public
democratic free school.

To learn more about our school and place your child’s name on the waiting list, please attend our

ALPHA Admissions Information Night
Wednesday, January 23, 2012
Thursday, February 21, 2012


20 Brant Street
(Spadina Ave & King St W)

We especially encourage families belonging to the following groups to join our community: Aboriginal, people of colour, new immigrant, working class and low-income, queer, and with children who experience exclusion due
to gender non-conforming behaviour and/or appearances.