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Program Description

Aries is a program where Indigenous youth aged 13 - 16 are provided a safe, non-threatening environment in which to learn, grow and enjoy life, regardless of academic or personal challenges.  Aries provides a flexible learning environment which includes self-paced components in order to meet the student’s unique learning needs. Grade 8 - 10 core academic subjects are offered and are complemented by a variety of junior elective courses that honour and celebrate Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing.

Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/caregiver and program staff. Aries students can complete grades 8, 9 and 10. Adaptations and modifications are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students. In addition to providing educational programming, the program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their social, emotional and mental health needs. Transition Plans will be developed to provide transition to a senior alternate/alternative program, secondary school, vocational program and/or employment.

Program Location:

Administering School:Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
Program Location:

1618 East Hastings, Vancouver, B.C.

V5L 1S6

Telephone:(604) 329-6210

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 and reviewed by a MCFD/VSB screening committee to determine eligibility, placement and priority.

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