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Genesis: North, Central and South

Program Description

The Genesis programs address the needs of students who have an extended history of non-engagement in school. The three Genesis programs are designed to meet the academic, vocational, personal and social needs of each student.


Program Location

Administering School: Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
Genesis North East 3001 E. Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5K 2K8
Phone: 604-713-5424
Genesis Central 3001 E. Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5K 2K8
Phone: 604-713-5425
Genesis South #105 – 5550 Fraser Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Phone: 604-660-8175

Student Profile

Students are ages 16 to 19 years old and are working on Grades 10 & 11 Completion and Adult Dogwood. The Genesis programs work for students who have had a number of school failures and require a more supportive environment. They also employ a team approach which includes but is not limited to school staff, Social Worker, Probation Officer, parent/guardian, mental health worker and/or one-to-one worker to help students be successful. Students referred to this program meet the Ministry of Education criteria for designation in the “H” category.


Academic Goal

Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/guardian and program staff. Genesis students work on Grades 10 & 11 Completion and Adult Dogwood. Adaptations and modifications 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 senior alternative program, 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 reviewed by a MCFD/VSB screening committee to determine eligibility, placement and priority.



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