Our Lady of Mercy College is a Catholic school for girls in the inner northern metropolitan area of Melbourne. It has a school population of approximately 1,100 students in years 7–12. Based on research findings, the school identified the need to offer an alternative learning program at year 9. An important aspect of the program is the opportunity for students to have rich learning experiences beyond the classroom and in the community. The program targets eight key areas that prepare students for the senior school years as well as life beyond school.