What kinds of students attend Brighton Launch?
Brighton Launch is an inclusive environment. Most students have a diagnosis of some kind (Learning Disability, Down Syndrome, ASD, MID). Some of our students have come from a high school alternative (non-credit) program, and some have even earned their high school diploma. Some have been out of school for several years. Our students have various challenges, but to us, they are individuals who benefit from the unique, individualized programming available at Brighton Launch.
When does the school year start and end?
Launch starts the school year the day after Labour Day and runs through till the end of June. There is a Winter Break for 2 weeks (end of Dec – Jan) and a one-week March Break.
What are the Launch hours?
Brighton Launch runs from 9:00 AM – 5:00 pm daily. The doors open for students at 8:50 am. (Note that during COVID, we are closing at 4:00 each day to allow time for enhanced cleaning of the facilities.)
What precautions do you have in place during COVID?
We have worked closely with both Toronto Public Health and a private Health & Safety Consultant to develop protocols and practices to keep our students and staff safe. There is a health screening questionnaire that must be completed by both staff and students daily. We have cohorts; maintain physical distancing in classrooms; and we have installed plexiglass dividers in the kitchen and BLC workroom. Students have desktop ‘windshields’ to sit behind in classrooms. Students and staff wear masks when moving around the facility. High touch surfaces are disinfected throughout the day, and enhanced cleaning is done each night.
Do you have any remote learning options during COVID?
Yes, in fact we are proud to run a fully synchronous online program for our students who have opted to learn from home during the COVID pandemic. To support learning and communication, we use G Suite for Education, and students have access to Google Classroom and other programs that make their online learning an active and participatory experience.
Do you provide residential accommodations for students?
Families are responsible for students’ living arrangements. Many Launch students live with their families, or in a supported living arrangement.
Are there any extra fees?
We have two fees in addition to Tuition. One is a technology fee which includes the use of an assigned Chromebook, and online program memberships. The second fee is for the ‘Real Economy’ program, which is essentially an allowance provided to the students by the parents to cover the cost of lunches, transportation fees, and a gym membership. Fee amounts are different based on full-time or part-time participation.
Do you supply lunch?
Yes! Students purchase lunches from their Real Economy money. Each week, 1 lunch is purchased in the community, 3 lunches are made by the students themselves as part of learning to cook and 1 lunch is a DIY style lunch. (Note: during COVID, there is no communal cooking. Students cook one meal each week for personal consumption, and bring a brown bag lunch from home on the other days.)
Do you provide transportation?
Families arrange for their own transportation. Some drop off and pick up themselves. Others use the services of iRide; private transportation companies; or Wheel Trans. Some students take transit on their own.
Do you have part time options?
Yes. Brighton Launch has two part time options. Both are 3 days a week. The Independent Living (ILS) program is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It focuses on building skills to prepare students for living on their own, or in a group setting. You will find more information by clicking here.
Our Work Experience (WE) program is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students go out to assigned work placements with our Work Experience partners two days a week, and the focus is on building skills needed for successful employment. You will find more information by clicking here.