Hayley’s story

Hi, I am Hayley, and before I came to Alta-1 I was picked on a lot in school. I have been to nine different schools and never really felt like I fit in anywhere. I developed anxiety, I’ve been self-conscious about myself, and decided to come to Alta-1 – and I feel much better here, like, getting grades up, I am doing so well, and just a little bit more work and then I’ll complete Year 11.

Aaliyah’s story

Hi, my name is Aaliyah and I’m 16 years old. Life before I came to Alta-1 at school was not good. I was getting suspended and I would always argue with the teachers, and I felt like no one at the schools I went to really cared about me and my education.

I was couch surfing from house to house and I never had a safe place to call my own. My friends would always judge me and were never actually there for me whenever I needed them. They were not the type of people you would call true friends.

I lived in Tasmania for a year with my dad before coming back to Perth. I was in desperate need of getting my school life back on track. My mum was actually looking for an alternative school to go to online and she came across Alta-1.

As a result, I found the motivation to get up and get ready for school every day. For the first time in a long time I can see myself graduating. Over the last two years, the biggest things I’ve noticed in my improvement is my personal growth. I am a lot more mature.

I have finished Year 11 and Year 12 at Alta-1 and am now looking forward to going to university to study criminology. I don’t think I would be where I am today without what Alta-1 has given me – they’ve given me the tools to reach my goals. Not a day goes by without me coming out of the classroom a better person than I was the day before.

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Caleb’s story

Alta-1 is a very different place … a lot more chill, easier to come to than a mainstream school. It is a very comfortable place to be with people and others around me. I dropped out of school in about Year 9. I sort of sat around in my room doing nothing. I played games and watched YouTube ­– that’s all I did.

My therapist at the time recommended Alta-1 because of my lack of schooling. I went through the ConnectEd Program, which is a program where you transition from more of a home-like space to a classroom space. You spend more time at home but still have to come in on a weekly basis. Some of the fears I had were fears of interacting with others – I was scared to talk with them and get to know them.

Things have definitely changed. I am constantly called a social butterfly. I interact with people a lot more, I go out, I do things, I live a life, I spend time with my friends outside of school, I do things I would have never done before. I go to the city and different places with people.

Alta-1 has helped me with my attendance level at school. I went from not going to a school at all, to getting back to the classroom and getting grades again to finish school.

I want to be able to go to university and get a diploma in something. As the days go on, it is becoming more of a reality.