Applewood Student Wins Art Award

Applewood Student Wins Art Award for Her Intricate, Colourful Digital Art

An Applewood Academy student has been honoured with an award for her highly personal artwork. Recently, high school students throughout Belleville participated in a juried art challenge called “When I Close My Eyes,” contributing art pieces in various mediums and styles. Applewood high school student Michelle had two pieces, “Stained” and “Inner Beauty Inner Turmoil,”… Continue reading

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Applewood’s Culinary Program Prepares Students for Work and Life

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (AAPL) students are developing valuable skills they can take into the workplace through the school’s job readiness program, “Look Who Can”. The culinary program includes opportunities for hands-on meal preparation. “I chose the name Look Who Can for the program because I wanted to make a positive statement that, with… Continue reading

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Applewood Academy Helps Students Find Their Love of Education

Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (AAPL) isn’t your typical school. It’s a carefully designed therapeutic school environment, offering essential support for students who require individualized academic solutions. You won’t see a classroom of 30 students.  AAPL is where small groups of children benefit from the support and close attention of caring, knowledgeable staff members. “Applewood… Continue reading

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Our Staff Makes the Difference

Quinte Children’s Homes (QCH) wouldn’t be where we are today without the skills and efforts of committed staff members – compassionate people like Jillian Carnrike, a counsellor/therapist and program supervisor. As a counsellor/therapist, Carnrike provides therapeutic interventions aimed at developing the skills of our QCH kids. In her second role as program supervisor, Carnrike oversees… Continue reading


Applewood Academy Leaves No Child Behind: Michelle’s Story

The staff at Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning (AAPL) believes that no child should be left behind. It’s a special place where each and every child, regardless of individual challenges, can find the support he or she needs to thrive and succeed. Nobody knows this better than Susan Hall. Her daughter, Michelle, is autistic and… Continue reading

3 Teaching Tips for Kids with Behavioral Needs

Kids with mental health issues often have limited access to the help they need. A study by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research found that while 14 percent of Canadian children have a mental health disorder that requires professional intervention, as few as one in six will get mental health care that may help them…. Continue reading


A Day in the Life of an Applewood Student

A warm and bright self-described tomboy who loves to laugh, Shelby gets excited about shoes. “I think I have 20 pairs,” the 16-year-old said. “Mostly runners and hightops. I don’t wear flip flops or girly shoes.” Today, Shelby is a student at Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning in Belleville. Three years ago, she’d been handed… Continue reading


Reducing Stress at Home and at Work

How are you feeling today: Relaxed? Exhausted? Overwhelmed? More than 1 in 4 working Canadian adults describes their days as “quite” or “extremely stressful”, a worrying statistic when long-term stress is linked to everything from diabetes and heart attacks to overeating, anxiety and depression. What’s stressing you out According to Statistics Canada, work is by… Continue reading

Too Much to Handle: Learning To Ask For Help At School

Just over a year ago, Travis was being kicked out of school on a daily basis. A seven-year-old with a lot of aggression, he was sent home every morning for hitting, kicking or even biting his teachers. The local school board had done everything that they could; Travis needed a different type of intervention. He… Continue reading