When it comes to getting an education, not all schools are created equal, especially if you’re a non-traditional student or someone looking for an academic experience that’s outside of the norm. While there are hundreds of brick-and-mortar schools to choose from, finding one that meets your particular needs can be a challenge. So we’ve put together a list of Montreal Schools for the nontraditional students.

1. University Of The Streets Café

The University of the Streets Café organizes public conversations in cafés and community spaces across Montreal. The program is free and open to participants of all ages and all levels of education. Without grades or diplomas, the University of the Streets Café reinvents the idea of the university by creating spaces for lifelong learning without that irksome GPA.


2. Miskatonic Institute Of Horror

The recent surge in popularity for the horror genre is nothing new and has led to a veritable undead horde of eager critics and fans all keen to dissect and chew over every aspect of their favourite shockers. Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a community-based organization that offers university-level history, theory and production-based workshops for people of all ages through which established horror writers, directors, and scholars celebrate horror history and culture.


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3. École Nationale De Cirque

If you aspire to a life in the circus, step right up into the lion’s den. The National Circus School is a professional circus school located in Montreal. It is dedicated to the education and training of professional circus artists, as well as to research and innovation in the circus arts and their training.


4. AquaSirène

The first of its kind in Canada, AquaSirene is all about bringing people together through a shared fondness for mermaids, no matter their age. AquaSirene offers children and adults alike, the opportunity to slip on a monofin and live to tell the tale – that a mermaid's appeal appears to be universal. Always remember, “Darling it's better down where it's wetter”…


5. École Nationale de L'humour

At Quebec's comedy school, the quips that once landed wisecracking students in detention are not only encouraged, they're refined to an art. The École nationale de l'humour accepts a maximum of 24 new students each year into its two-year comedian stream and a one-year writer stream. Some are fresh out of high school while others are embarking on a second career.


6. Porn Star School

Quebec porn studio Pegas Productions is offering classes to males for the low price of $149.00 where they can learn how to be a porn star and bump uglies like their favorites. But if you are thinking of signing up in the hopes of getting some action, stop right there - the class consists of both a theoretical and practical section and the latter is performed with underwear on!


7. Montreal Piping and Drumming School

The Montreal piping school offers three terms per year, for ages 12 and up. A typical class consists of an hour of theory where the students then have the option to join the " circle " - an ad-lib piping and drumming experience which exposes students to the formal elements of playing and marching in a band. This one time at band camp…


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8. Crescent Moon School

With Halloween just around the corner this may be just the time to call on your inner witch. Crescent Moon School offers a broad program in studying cultures and pantheons, history of religions, and cultural magical techniques, all subjects that are of interest and value to the contemporary Pagan practitioner. The goal of the Crescent Moon School is to introduce people to a variety of magical paths and modern Pagan religions.

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