Mary Duncan School houses an alternative school serving students at middle school and high school levels.  The Kelsey Learning Centre has been relocated to University College of the North.  Each serves a distinct student client group with a focus on student success and progress towards a high school diploma. Community support services complement those available from the school division. All programs use a blend of flexible course loads and time limits to assist course completion, while meeting the provincial requirements for course objectives.



The objective of the French Immersion Program is to develop functionally bilingual students who will:

a) achieve a high proficiency in English;
b) acquire a functional knowledge of the French language to communicate on personal and professional levels;
c) demonstrate an appreciation for the French language and cultural diversity;
d) consider that learning French is a tool of personal, intellectual, and social growth;
e) be better able to appreciate other languages, cultures and communities throughout Canada and the world.

To these ends, French is used as a language of instruction for all (Kindergarten) or a significant part of the student’s day. English is utilized for about 20-25% in Grades 1-5 (École Opasquia School) and in Grades 6-8 (École Scott Bateman Middle School) In Grades 9-12 at MBCI some courses are taught in French. Extra-curricular activities in French may be used to support the language development.


Student services are staff and services provided within Kelsey School Division to meet the needs of students with exceptional needs, including learning, cognitive/intellectual, communication, social/emotional, behavioural, sensory, physical, or special health-care needs.

Personnel with specialized training and experience who provide services to students include:

School Resource Teachers
Guidance Counselors
Speech and Language Pathologist
School Psychologist
Reading Recovery Teachers
Cooperating Teachers
Education Assistants

We are also able to access the supports of an occupational therapist and physiotherapist through referrals to The Children’s Therapy Initiative.


The Children’s Therapy Initiative is a joint initiative of the provincial government partners of Education, Citizenship and Youth, Family Services and Housing, Health/Healthy Living, and Healthy Child Manitoba. The goal of the Children’s Therapy Initiative is to provide co-coordinated, regionally based services that allow children to reach their full potential. Students are referred for assessments and/or specialized programming through the School Resource Teacher. Referrals are coordinated through the Superintendent at the School Division Office. For further information click here.


MBCI in arrangement with the University College of the North allows a limited number of students to enroll in the technology programs listed below. Students are still members of MBCI with all the rights and responsibilities. Enrolment is via MBCI. The programs available are:


Power Mechanics Level 1 (Automotive) – Afternoons all year at UCN
Power Mechanics Level 2 (Automotive) – Mornings all year at UCN
Building Construction Level 1 5.0 credits (Semester I) -All Day at UCN
Food Services Level 1 5.0 credits (Semester 1) – All Day at UCN
Food Services Level 2 5.0 credits (Semester 2) – All Day at UCN (with special permission)
Welding Level 1 3.0 credits (Semester 1) – Mornings at UCN

Other programs offered at the University College of the North site:


AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS: Level One (4 credits) PMA20S, Level Two (6 credits) PME30S
Prerequisite: Students should have completed the core requirements of Grade 9 and 10 and be at least 16 years of age. Course Content: This program is conducted at UCN.


BUILDING CONSTRUCTION (5 credits) -Prerequisite: Students should have completed the core requirements of Grade 9 and 10 and be at least 16 years of age. Course Content: The program is conducted at UCN full time and the hours of instruction may differ from MBCI (i.e. earlier start).


FOOD SERVICES – Level One (5 credits) FOA10S Level Two (5 credits) FOJ41G – Prerequisite: Students should have completed the core requirements of Grade 9 and be at least 16 years of age. Up to 4 students will be taken each semester. Course Content: This course is conducted at UCN full time and the hours of instruction may differ from MBCI (i.e. start earlier).


WELDING: WEL20S (3 credits): This course is conducted at UCN.


Participants gain credits toward both the University College of the north (UCN) HCA Certificate and toward their high school graduation for courses successfully completed. The complete college certificate program is equivalent to five 40S.

Entrance Requirements: This program is available to students at the Grade 12 level. Students must have up-to-date immunizations as well as security clearance through Criminal Records and the Child abuse Registry. Students chosen will have all compulsory courses for Graduation done by end of first semester. First Aid Course must be obtained before completion of the course. Student will be at UCN full time for 2nd semester plus, 2 weeks practicum in July (commitment to obtain HCA Certificate), rest assured the HCA courses will be recorded in order for the student to graduate from MBCI in June.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Year One (2 credits) ECE30S, Year Two (3 credits) ECE40S Prerequisite: Students must have completed the core requirements of Grade 9 and 10. Students must complete immunization requirements, Criminal Records Check, and Child Abuse Registry Check. Course Content: This program is conducted at UCN. The program is designed to teach the student skills and knowledge needed for employment in the field of Early Childhood Education. This program will provide the opportunity to complete half of year 1 in the two-year Early Childhood Education Diploma Program.


SENIOR YEARS APPRENTICESHIP OPTION (SYAO): The SYAO lets the student start an apprenticeship while still in high school. Students can earn up to 8 high school credits (1 credit for every 110 hours of work, in an approved trade area). Students must be paid a wage that is $3.00 an hour more than minimum wage and can find work in Industrial, Mechanical, Construction and Service trades. Students may already be working in a qualifying trade areas, outside of school hours or during school vacations, and could be earning high school credit, a higher wage, and hours towards an apprenticeship. The student must be at least 16 years of age, have completed Grade 10 and be enrolled in Grade 11 or 12. The student must also find a qualified insured employer, who will agree to train the student as an apprentice.