8J/9J Alternative Program

Junior Alternative Programs
Student Group:
Alternative Education

The 8J/9J Alternative Program is a semestered, academic fine arts program located in a portable classroom on the grounds of Britannia Secondary School.  8J/9J is a three-year program enrolling students in grades 8, 9 and 10. 

Address:     1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver, B.C.  V5L 3T4
Telephone: 604-713-8266    
Fax:     604-713-8265
Administering School:Britannia Secondary School

Program Description:

The 8J/9J Alternative Program is a semestered, academic fine arts program located in a portable classroom on the grounds of Britannia Secondary School.  8J/9J is a three-year program enrolling students in grades 8, 9 and 10.  The program integrates both Visual and Performing Arts as a part of the curriculum offered.  Individual, small group and class achievements in Fine Arts have significantly contributed to the students’ sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.

Student Profile:

8J/9J targets youth aged 13 to 16 who might be considered the reluctant, hostile learner. These students have strong academic and artistic abilities who have experienced difficulty in the mainstream school setting.

Academic Goal:

At 8J/9J students can complete grades 8, 9 and 10. Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/guardian and program staff. Adaptations are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students.  In addition to providing educational programming, the program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their social and emotional needs.

Referral Process:

Students are required to complete an application form which can be acquired form Britannia Secondary.  Students are required to complete the Canadian Achievement Test and obtain a minimum score that would be equivalent to a Grade 5 level.  Students are required to indicate their motivation and suitability in an interview.  Fall Term: September to the end of January with intake in the preceding June.  Spring Term: February to June with intake in the preceding January.

Program Capacity and Staffing:

8J/9J enrolls 22 students and has 1 Teacher, 1 Youth and Family Worker and 1 School and Student Support Worker.