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Secondary Life Skills

Program Description 

The Secondary Life Skills Programs are small supportive classes for students with Autism, Physical Disabilities, Deaf/Blind, Chronic Health and have a Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disability. Many of the students in these programs display challenging behaviours and unique learning needs. Upon graduation, students are awarded a school leaving certificate. 

Curriculum Emphasis: 
  • improving communication skills
  • improving functional academic skills 
  • teaching appropriate behavioural and social skills 
  • teaching life skills and basic family life education 
  • providing work experience (15 yrs.) where appropriate
  • providing transition to post-secondary options 
  • providing social emotional programming 


Student Profile 

Students are appropriate referrals to the program when they:
meet the Ministry criteria for Physical Disabilities (A), DeafBlind (B), Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disabilities (C) or Autism (G) and/or Chronic Health Impairment (D)
have behaviour problems and/or special learning needs that cannot be met in the regular classroom 

Referral Process
Life Skills referrals must be submitted to the Case Manager for Inclusion. 

Exit Criteria 
Students are reviewed on a regular basis and if a change in placement is recommended a referral is submitted to Learning Services. 

Capacity and Staffing 
Grades 8 to 12 (13 - 19 years of age) 
Up to 15 students
1 Teacher and SSA (amount of support depends on Student profiles) 

Program Locations 
Eric Hamber Secondary 
Gladstone Secondary   
John Oliver Secondary (class 1 & 2)
Kitsilano Secondary 
Point Grey Secondary 
Templeton Secondary 
Tupper Secondary (class 1 & 2)
Vancouver Technical 
Windermere Secondary 

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