​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to St. John Bosco!


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Registration for St. John ​Bosco Secondary School is by REFERRAL ONLY.  

The Referral Process...

The referral process begins at the student's home school or in conjunction with their current community partners.  Once the student is prepared to investigate St. John Bosco as an alternative education setting, the school's Student Success Team Lead or community partner submits the referral form (see below) and all of the required supporting documents via FAX (519-824-9823) or email ([email protected]). Students/Parents/Guardians can fill out the required Secondary Student Registration Form and forward that via fax or email as well. 

Once a complete referral package is received, and a space is available, St. John Bosco will invite the student and their parents/guardians, school support staff and community partners to take a tour and participate in an intake meeting.  The intake meeting provides St. John Bosco with the opportunity to get to know the student being referred and to determine if St. John Bosco is the best fit for the student's current academic, social-emotional and mental health needs.  Acceptance to the program is granted to those students who are truly committed to the philosophy of our program and for whom we are able to effectively educate with the programming and supports available on site.  

Referrals are accepted from...

  • Bishop Macdonell CHS - Student Success Team

  • Our Lady of Lourdes CHS - Student Success Team

  • St. James CHS - Student Success Team

  • Elementary Schools within the WCDSB (Grade 8 to 9 Transition Students Only)


OR... for students outside the WCDSB, we accept referrals from our community partners including:

  • Family & Children's Services Guelph/Wellington and Other
  • Canadian Mental Health Association 
  • Family Counselling & Support Services (With Support from the Home School) 
  • Guelph Family Health Team Mental Health Services (With Support from the Home School) 
  • Guelph Police Services IMPACT Team (With Support from the Home School)
  • Treatment Programs (e.g.: Lutherwood, Parkwood) 
NOTE:  Our referring partners do not have the ability to confirm a student's registration.  The intake team at St. John Bosco will make that decision following the intake meeting based on the student's readiness and suitability for our program.  See the criteria below for greater clarity.  



2023-2024 School Year

We are now accepting referrals for the 2023-2024 school year for those students who meet the program criteria noted below. Student referral packages received over the summer will be addressed in September or as space becomes available throughout the 2023-2024 school year. 

A Referral Form and a Secondary Student Registration Form along with the required supporting documents (see referral form for the required documents) must be received in advance of being offered an intake meeting.  The referring school/agency must fill in the Referral Form completely and submit it directly to the school (via: email/fax/mail/drop off), but the Registration Form can be filled in by the student/family and submitted to the school (via: emailed/faxed/dropped off).

2023-2024 FORMS: Referral Package & Registration Forms



Who Can St. John Bosco Support?


​St John Bosco can provide a supportive, welcoming community to students who...​


  • ​can work independently with limited support on academic tasks at their learning level (Locally Developed/Workplace, Applied/Mixed/College or Academic/Mixed/University),
  • like to work at their own pace but with other learners, 
  • need a flexible, supportive environment but some structure in their days, 
  • want to help build a safe, welcoming environment,
  • are coping with mental health challenges,
  • are learning to self-regulate and manage their emotions, 
  • are receiving help for substance use/misuse, and,
  • are actively working on their well-being.


St John Bosco cannot provide sufficient support to ensure safety and/or success for students who...


  • require intensive, one-to-one, academic support to learn,
  • require extensive adaptive life skills programming,
  • cannot function well in the company of other learners,
  • cannot tolerate flexibility or cannot cope with minimal structure,
  • are severely emotionally or behaviourally dysreg​ulated, 
  • are actively violent, aggressive, or threatening to others, ​​
  • are in acute phases of severe mental illness,
  • have active, moderate to severe, substance use issues, and 
  • are not actively receiving treatment. 


Please be aware that St. John Bosco offers a variety of course selections in the locally developed, applied, academic, workplace, college and university pathways; however, we are not currently able to offer French, Music, Drama, Senior University Level  Science Courses or onsite courses in the skilled trades.  We do, however, have access to all of the WCDSB District Programs, Co-op and Dual Credit as note in the WCDSB Course Calendar.