Aries is a program where Indigenous youth
aged 13 - 16 are provided a safe, non-threatening environment in which
to learn, grow and enjoy life, regardless of academic or personal challenges. Aries provides a flexible
learning environment which includes self-paced components in order to
meet the student’s unique learning needs. Grade 8 - 10 core academic
subjects are offered and are complemented by a variety of junior elective courses that honour and celebrate Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing.
Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/caregiver and program staff. Aries students can complete grades 8, 9 and 10. Adaptations and modifications 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, emotional and mental health needs. Transition Plans will be developed to provide transition to a senior alternate/alternative program, secondary school, vocational program and/or employment.
|Administering School:||Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
1618 East Hastings, Vancouver, B.C.
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