Who We Are
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:
FAITH: All people are designed with a purpose
FAMILY: Learning begins at home
FRIENDS: We need each other
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 23 years we have watched hundreds of students thrive in this stimulating learning environment.
When our doors opened in 1996 we had four students.
Over the past 23 years we have taught over 2200 young people.
90% of the students who register, graduate!
"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."
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Our Principal and Teachers
Principal and Teacher
B.A. Concordia University
B.Ed. Concordia University
M.Ed. McGill University
PhD. Concordia University (In progress)
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!
Kim has played a variety of roles since joining the Ed Plus team ten years ago. Her original task of office manager soon expanded into guidance counsellor, "nurse", and substitute teacher. She currently teaches a life skills class and coordinates a cooking club at lunch time. 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 current studies in Human Relations at Concordia has allowed her the opportunity to model commitment to higher learning and good study habits.
B.A. Human Relations - Concordia University
B.Ed. McGill University
A McGill and University of Montréal graduate, Catherine has been a member of the Ed Plus family since 2012. She is currently teaching FSL, ESL, and History. Determined to see her students succeed in all aspects of their lives, she is also committed to providing a welcoming, respectful, and rich school environment to enable teenagers to thrive. When she is not teaching, she pursues studies in Developmental Psychology with the Neufeld Institute, works as a French Translator for the Kids' Health Links Foundation, as well as manages her own dog treat business.