Pinnacle Program

Inter-Agency Alternative Programs
Student Group:
Alternative Education

The Pinnacle program is a self-paced senior program located in an MCFD Integrated Youth Services building with access to Probation Officers, Social Workers, Drug and Alcohol Counsellors and Mental Health Workers.  

Address:3rd floor - 550 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C.  V6B 2N7
Telephone: 604-713-5896
Fax: 604-713-5996
Administering School:Vancouver Alternative School

Program Description:

The Pinnacle program is a self-paced senior program located in an MCFD Integrated Youth Services building with access to Probation Officers, Social Workers, Drug and Alcohol Counsellors and Mental Health Workers.  In addition to providing educational programming, the program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their social and emotional needs.

Student Profile:

Students are aged 16 to 18 years old and are working on grades 11 and/or 12.  These students receive support from a Probation Officer, Social Worker and/or Mental Health Worker.

Academic Goal:

The goal is for students to successfully complete grade 11 and 12 academic course work leading to a B.C. Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Dogwood), potentially fulfilling post-secondary entrance requirements.  Student progress is managed through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Adaptations are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students.  In addition to the academic component, students may be engaged in work experience, recreation, social and life skills activities.  Transition Plans will be developed to provide transition to a vocational program, a college program or employment. 

Referral Process:

Referrals from MCFD or Aboriginal delegated agency Social Worker or Probation Officer are emailed to the MCFD Youth Services Community Liaison. Referrals are accepted on an on-going basis and reviewed by a MCFD/VSB screening committee to determine eligibility, placement and priority.

Program Capacity and Staffing:

Pinnacle enrolls a maximum of 20 students and has 1 VSB Teacher and 1 VSB Youth and Family Worker.