Secondary School Program

Sandra Rourke, Secondary School Coordinator
Tel: 613-933-0409 or CCVS (613-932-8360)

Sandra Rourke oversees AMBE’s Secondary School Program. The program provides services for secondary school (high school) services for students who reside in Akwesasne and attend a high school within the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). AMBE and the UCDSB have an Education Services Agreement which covers the tuition costs for Grade 9-12 students. With the closure of General Vanier Intermediate School (GVIS) in 2011, students will be registered at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS). Students may also register at St. Lawrence (high school), although bus transportation will only be provided to CCVS.

Meet the Staff

Sandra Rourke Coordinator

[All staff can be reached at CCVS]

437 Sydney Street, Cornwall, Ontario K6H 3H9, Canada
Tel: 613-932-8360 Fax: 885-358-3361

AMBE Foundations
191 Rita Lane, Akwesasne, Ontario, K6H 5R7
Tel: 613-938-0799

Chris “Chip” George is Lead Teacher at AMBE Foundations, an alternative high school program located at the Thompson Memorial Wellness Centre on Kawehno:ke. The program is operated through the TR Leger School and funded by the UCDSB.

The 2013-2014 school year marks a new chapter in Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School’s history. CCVS is one of two public schools in Cornwall that will offer learning opportunities for students from grades 7 to 12. The staff and students of CCVS will strive to be caring, respectful, honourable citizens. They will be strong individuals – encouraged to achieve their goals.

We are the Raiders!
We honour our past and look towards our future with pride.
Our colours are red, gold and black.
Our spirit is respectful, caring and honourable.
We are the mighty Raiders!
Our quest is excellence.
We strive to be our best in the classroom,on the field and in our community.
We can make a positive diference in the world.
Go Raiders Go!

The Focus of CCVS Students

Citizenship: Demostrating the Raiders values of caring, respect and honour, CCVS students become more valued contributors of our great community.

Commitment: Accepting the challenge to do your best in everything you undertake. Demostrated by: Arriving on time, being prepared fro class, being on task and doing your work to the best of your ability.

Volunteerism: Finding positive ways to contribute your time and skills to assist and connect with your community.

Success: Is the end result of consistent and sustained hard work in a positive direction.

CCVS Supporting Student Success

The Student Support Unit (SSU) provides support for students have an Individual IPRC, Individual Education Plan (IEP) or behavioural identification. Examples fo some supports include scribing, assistive technology, personal support, extra time for tests and assignaments and oral testing. The Unit is located in Room 223 and is one of a number of locations within the school where students can pick up a healthy snack throughout the day.

First Nations Student Support Room

First Nations students are able to access similar supports that exist in the SSU. These supports are provided by AMBE staff. As well as being opene during class time, the resource room is also open at the noon hour and provides homework help after school until 5 pm. This room is also a location where students can pick up a healthy snack throughout the day. All students are encouraged to visit the resource room.

Students are encouraged to seek out help from teachers during the lunch hour. Staff from each field of study is available to help students with their work or just answer questions regarding assignements. There is a schedule posted in classrooms to guide students as to when and where the help is available.

Extra Curriculars at CCVS

Clubs – Art, Band, Choir, Dance, Drama, Envirothon, Interact, Multicultural, Prom, School Reach, Student Council
Teams – Badminton, Basketball, Cross-Country Running, Curling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Requirements to Obtain High School Diploma

A diploma will be granted to students who earn a minimum of 30 credits of 110 hours each, passes the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) and completes the requirement of community involvement. In addition to the 18 compulaory credits, sudents have to earn 12 optional credits in courses of their choice, selected from the full list of courses available in the school. Optional credits allow students to build an educational program that suits their individual interests and meets university, college, apprenticeship or work requirements.

The OSSLT is designed by the Ontario Education Quality and Writing is required in order to earn a diploma. There is no limit to the number of times a student may retake the test. Accommodations may be made only for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and in accordance with the policies of EQAO. Students may be eligible for deferral of the test.

Parent Teacher Interviews

As per the Tuition Agreement with UCDSB, it is agreed that parent-teacher interviews will be held at least once per school year in the territory of Akwesasne. Location and times will be announced in the Indian Time newspaper and CKON.

Mandatory Community Involvement – Upper Canada District School Board

Effective Seskehkó:wa/September 1, 1999, every student who begins secondary school in Ontario is required to complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive a diploma. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help them develop a greater sense of civic responsibility and belonging within the community.

A complete copy of the manual can be obtained from the UCDSB’s website (

Transportation – Bus Schedule
Stop Bus Policy

Private Schools Policy

AMBE will attempt to provide appropriate educational programs to meet the needs of all of its secondary students. When factors militate against providing these programs on the reserve, partial financial assistance may be provided to enable students to attend schools where the needed program exists.

The Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education policy in reference to secondary school programmes leading to the obtainment of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma states that students, upon graduation of Grade 8, will attend secondary schools under the jurisdiction of the former Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Board of Education, effective September 1, 1989, for the provisions of secondary school programmes to native students who are members of Akwesasne. (This is now the Upper Canada District School Board).

The Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education is aware that some parents may opt for a secondary school other than those available in Cornwall, and is willing to entertain such requests on the part of Grade 8 students and their parents.

One option is the consideration of a private school either in Canada or the United States. In order to be of assistance to parents and students who may consider a private school, the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education had developed the following policy.


  1. New Applicants: A student who has successfully completed Grade 8, Grade 9, or Grade 10, meets the admission requirements of a private school is considered eligible for funding assistance. The students must also be enrolled in one of the schools under the jurisdiction of the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education.
  2. The Board will not sponsor Grade 12 students for private school assistance.
  3. The Board will only sponsor per academic year.
  4. Criteria for Selection: The Board’s decision to provide support shall be based on:
    1. unavailability of appropriate programs in th ecommunity;
    2. availability and amount of federal financial support to the Board;
    3. comparative costs of suitible programs available in alternative locations;
    4. degree to which the requested programs meets the educational needs of the student and community;
  5. In view of the above criteria, financial assistance may cover all or part of:
    1. tuition;
    2. supplies;
    3. transportation;
    4. boarding;
    5. other related special costs.
  6. General
    1. Support will be contingent on acceptable progress and attendance.
    2. The Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education reserves the right to remove support when an appropriate program is instituted in or near the community.
    3. Approval will be term specific.
    4. Each application will be considered on its own merits.
  7. Counselling and Special Information Sessions: Parents and their children should be duly informed through personal and group counseling and special information session(s) of the educational avenues available to students for completion of a program leading to a Secondary School Diploma or requirements for admission to a post-secondary educational institution. The duty and responsibility of the school counselors and administrators are limited to the provision of factual, relevant information in reference to private school opportunities. These staff members must also refrain from favoring one institution in preference to another, be it public or private.
  8. Initial Visit to a Private Educational Institution: The Board will not assume any of the cost incurred by parents and counselors who deem it necessary to visit a private educational institution prior to admission to a private school in preference to a public school. The Board will not assume any of the cost incurred by parents for application fees and the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).
  9. Financial Assistance Limited to Tuition Fees in Canadian Currency: Parents must submit an AMBE Private School Financial Assistance Application Form, a letter of acceptance, and a copy of the child’s financial award letter to the Student Services Coordinator of the Board. The Board will assist financially those opting for a private educational institution on behalf of their son or daughter at an amount equal to the Tuition Fee charged by the Upper Canada District School Board with whom this Board has signed a Tuition Agreement. This amount will be disbursed in Canadian currency, with one half the amount paid per semester. The Board will forward the Tuition Fee disbursement to the Financial Aid Office of the private school.

The parents must notify the Board immediately if the student intends to withdraw from the private school.