Tupper Nova (formerly Hamber House) is a day treatment program which
provides services to youth, 13-18 years of age and who have serious
mental health concerns and are unable to attend their neighbourhood
school. It is an inter-ministerial program which provides a full range of
mental health services, as well as educational programming.
The Tupper Nova
program, which in partnership between the Vancouver Board of Education and Vancouver and Community Child and Youth Mental Health Services, provides services based on the individual needs of each student.
Consequently, some students stay for a short time; others for longer.
The average stay is 1 year. A primary goal of the program is to assist
each student in attaining a more adaptive level of functioning which
will enable them to return to their neighbourhood school, an alternative
program, special education program, other community programs or
|Administering School:||Vancouver Alternate Secondary School|
|Program Location:||419 East 24th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2A2|
Tupper Nova is designed primarily for students who are experiencing
severe mental health difficulties such as psychotic, mood or anxiety
disorders, or other severe mental health difficulties which negatively
impact on a youth’s ability to function academically, socially, and
emotionally. Youth who have behaviour or substance use issues are not
eligible to attend the Hamber House program. Students referred to this
program must meet the Ministry of Education criteria for designation in
the “H”: Students with Serious Mental Health concerns.
Students can complete courses at the grade 8 to 12 level in the core
academic areas. Student progress is managed through an Individualized
Education Plan (IEP). Adaptations and Modifications are made where
necessary to meet the needs of the students. In addition to providing
educational and recreational programming, students participate in
individual and group counseling where they learn to manage their mental
health concerns, practice social skills, and prepare for further
education or employment.
This program is currently being revised and not accepting applications. The Vancouver Board of Education has assigned the District Vice Principal of Alternative Programs to act as a liaison to this program until further notice.