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Tupper Nova

Program Description

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 employment.


Program Location

Administering School:Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
Program Location:419 East 24th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2A2
Telephone604-809-5430


Student Profile

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.


Academic Goal

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.


Referral Process

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.

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