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A snapshot of specialized schools in Canada

Hockey school is one option

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Africentric school

Africentric Alternative School, Toronto. Kindergarten to JK-Grade 5

Promotes high "academic achievement, high self-pride and a high motivation to succeed"

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Skateboard School

Oasis Skateboard Factory, Toronto, Grades 9-11

Offers all subjects, with a skateboard and street-art focus. Helps students earn Grade 9, 10 and 11 high-school credits

Olympics school

The National Sport School in Calgary. Grades 9-12

This fall, it's relocating from Ernest Manning High School to Canada Olympic Park. Students must be recommended and receive sanction from an eligible Canadian Olympic Sport governing body.

Muslim School

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Sakinah Circle School, Edmonton. Kindergarten to Grade 6

Follows the Alberta curriculum, but from "a Qur'anic worldview."

All-boys

All-boys Alternative Program, Sir James Lougheed School, Calgary. Kindergarten to Grade 5

Incorporates the latest thinking about boys' education, such as active learning.

Hockey school

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The Britannia Hockey Academy, Britannia Secondary School, Vancouver. Grades 8-12

The school blends regular secondary-school courses with a licensed Hockey Canada Skills Academy. Students must have two years of minor hockey experience.

Gifted students

Vancouver Mini Schools

These operate at many sites for kids who consistently achieve B averages or higher and who are very motivated. Focus topics include arts, science and mathematics.

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Tralee Pearce has been a reporter at The Globe and Mail since 1999, starting as a writer in the paper’s Style section. She joined the new Life section for its launch in 2007. She covers parenting and family issues for the daily section. More

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