The Foundations Program

“High School Doesn’t Last Forever”

The Foundations Program teaches students functional life skills to help them transition from high school to the real world. The program curriculum focuses on the fundamental life skills that provide young adults with ongoing independence.

Core Skills:

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Using public transportation

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Route planning & navigation

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Understanding smart phones for functional use

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Money management & creating a daily budget

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Work placements

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Social planning & creating a schedule

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Meal preparation, nutrition, cooking, ordering at a restaurant

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Social étiquette, conversation skills & friendship

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Industrial arts & assembling furniture

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”



Students learn independence skills by participating in motivating real life activities and going on fun social outings. It is through these experiences that our teachers provide hands on knowledge to best prepare our young adults for the real world.

FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:​​​​​​



TTC route planning

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Industrial arts & assembling furniture

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Understand the subway line, street cars and bus routes

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Using a TTC Presto card and how to pay for bus fare

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Download and navigate the TTC app on smart phone or tablet

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Access public wifi

Work Placement
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Students will learn to stock a shelf (grocery or toiletry)

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How to categorize products based on use

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Understand pricing, sales and labelling

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Volunteering at food bank / charity

Money Management
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Creating a budget

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Understanding expenses

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How to open a bank account

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Depositing and withdrawing funds from a chequing account

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Using a debit card

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Sign a signature

Restaurant
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Students will learn which restaurants serve various types of cuisines

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Navigate through the menu to choose meals that they like

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Order meals independently and make any modifications necessary

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Calculate a tip (understanding when and where it's appropriate to leave a tip)

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Use their own money or debit card and independently pay for their meals

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Nutrition guide lines

Social Planning
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Creating a weekly schedule

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Making plans with friends

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Understanding socially appropriate activities with peers

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Conversation skills

Industrial Arts
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Locating tools and appliances at a hardware store

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Understand the function of simple tools

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Learn how to replace lightbulbs, change batteries and change time on clocks and watches

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Assemble furniture by following an instruction manual

Library
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Learn to obtain a library card

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Use of librarian services

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Take out books, use computers

Our New Foundations Program will start in January 2019. This program is geared towards older students 13+ that require more support in daily living skills, being independent and working towards getting a job later on.

This program is aimed at assisting students that will not be able to achieve all credits in High School.  This is an additional program for students that may need facilitated support to gain skills.  

Some of the skills in the Foundations Program include but are not limited to 

  • Hygiene
  • Etiquette
  • Organization and Planning 
  • Real Economy
  • Interview Skills 
  • Using Public Transit
  • Other

For more information on our Foundations Program, Contact Bright Start Academy – Private School based in Toronto, ON

Contact: allie@brightstartacademy.info

Tel: (416) 514-1415

Now offering group and private online ZOOM lessons with ongoing support for all students with exceptionalities.

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