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Tupper Nova

Program Description

Nova is an outreach and resource program where students are connected within the community and at the Tupper resource centre.  Nova  offers core academic courses in Grades 10 - 12, in addition to elective courses PE, Art, and CLC / work experience.  Programming is flexible and can occur at Nova (located in Tupper Secondary), at a variety of community locations eg. Hillcrest Community Centre, and through outreach with individual students. 

Programming will include a combination of independent academic course work based on the student's individual needs.  In addition to group activities and field studies, students will earn elective credits and build interpersonal connections.  Schedules will be individualized to meet the needs and course requirements of each student.  Students and families will be asked to sign a Minimum Engagement Agreement and will need to re-apply yearly for a placement in the Tupper Nova Program. 

Program Location

Administering School:Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
Program Location:419 East 24th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2A2
Telephone:(604) 713-8264


Student Profile

Nova serves students ages 15 - 18 who have difficulty attending regular and alternate school programs consistently due to significant barriers.  Students should be at grade 10 level or higher and / or capable of working at the grade 10 level. 

Minimum Engagement Agreement

  • student will contact school staff weekly (eg. text / email)
  • student will meet staff / attend programming at least 2x / month
  • parents and guardians meet with school staff / respond to emails / texts / consent forms as needed
  • student must maintain active engagement in at least one course
  • placements will be reviewed each term  

Academic Goal

Students can complete courses at the grade 10 to 12 level in the core academic areas, in addition to a variety of electives. Student progress may also be managed through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Adaptations are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students.  Students can graduate from Nova with a Dogwood Diploma.

Referral Process

Please complete the application form and attach all required documentation. 

All referrals are reviewed to determine program suitability relative to individual student needs. Successful applicants will be contacted by the Youth and Family Worker to arrange an intake interview with the student and their parent/guardian. 

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