When our doors opened in 1995 we had four students.
Over the past 26 years we have taught over 2500 young people.
95% of the students who register, graduate!
In 1995 teacher James Watts and businessman David Brereton designed a new kind of school: one aimed at meeting the needs of de-motivated students.
This unique school was built on the following values:
Health & Safety
From this platform we use high school subjects as vehicles to help each student discover his or her purpose. To do this we physically explore our world and enthusiastically experience life, actively engaging our students in their own learning. Ultimately we discover that when we intentionally invest in the lives of others, we are truly rich!
Over the past 26 years we have watched hundreds of students thrive in this stimulating learning environment.
"Mr. Watts is not a conventional teacher. He uses the canvas of city life to create a stimulating learning environment. He takes his students out of the classroom to help them explore their physical and mental capacities."
"My son was falling through the cracks of the system and was just about to give up in Adult Ed when he tried a course at EdPlus (...). The change in him was amazing and I know it was due to Mr. Watts and his teaching, commitment and leadership of his team/students."
"This school rocks! I can't stop learning stuff."
Principal and Teacher
B.A. Concordia University
B.Ed. Concordia University
M.Ed. McGill University
Ph.D. Candidate Concordia University
James Watts is the founder of EdPus High School. He is an enthusiastic teacher who uses many different methods to share lessons with his students. He is the parent of two young adults, a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, an annual presenter at QPAT, a regular submitter of articles to the Montreal Gazette, and a sought after public speaker. He is also the author of Happy Parent – a novel about parenting teens. In his spare time he runs marathons and competes in triathlons!
B.A. Human Relations - Concordia University
Kim has played a variety of roles since joining the Ed Plus team in 2005. Her original task of office manager soon expanded into guidance counsellor, "nurse", and substitute teacher. She currently teaches a life skills class and leads a cooking club at lunchtime. Other responsibilities include meeting with parents, coordinating special events and inviting guest speakers. Kim's office has become a safe place for students who need a time out or a pep talk. Her studies in Human Relations at Concordia allowed her the opportunity to model commitment to higher learning and good study habits.
B.Ed. Queens University
M.Ed. University of Ottawa
Jessica is the French teacher at EdPlus. Prior to this job, she worked in many different fields including education, research, and counselling. Her passion is in helping individuals of all ages and backgrounds thrive and reach their fullest potential and she believes everyone possesses the inner resources to do so. She has a toddler at home that keeps her busy. She loves travelling, swimming, nature and meditating. She doesn't like tardiness or messes!
BA : Human Relations at Concordia University
Vanessa started her teaching career in Japan and has now been teaching for 15 years. She has taught French, English, Ethics and drama. She has a strong interest in law and language learning and speaks 5 languages fluently. Her passions include travelling, playing volleyball and watching movies. She loves to reinvent herself and always tries to learn something new.