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East Van Education Centre

Program Description

East Van Education Centre is designed for secondary students who are working on Grades 8 to 12 and who are experiencing difficulty in the regular classroom/school environment. The program is a partnership with the Vancouver Board of Education, M.C.F.D., Pacific Community Resources Society and Vancouver Coastal Health.

 The program works for students who have had a history of non-success in school and require a more supportive environment with a higher staff to student ratio and focuses on academic and social/behavioural aspects as well as providing community and pre-employment opportunities.  East Van Education Centre integrates an academic program with individual and group counseling and recreational activities.  The students receive academic testing and individualized and group teaching. The academic program involves adapted/modified courses and remedial work based on the student’s skill levels. Goal meetings and peer group work help promote the students’ clarification of values, enhance their decision-making skills, and help students be positively assertive. Recreation, art, the Breakfast Club and the lunch program encourage attendance and participation, thereby developing the students’ feelings of self-worth and belonging.

 Student progress is managed through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process, which involves the student, the parent/caregiver and program staff.  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.


Program Location

Administering School:Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
Program Location:

201 - 2455 Fraser St, Vancouver, B.C.  V5T 0E6

Telephone:(604) 709-5720 or (604) 709-5737


This is a dual-track referral program.  A limited number of self-referrals will be accepted on an ongoing basis.  School and community referrals can be submitted to the District Principal, Alternative Programs at the VSB Education Centre with supporting documentation. The Screening Committee will review all referrals.

 Referrals from MCFD or Indigenous 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 an MCFD/VSB screening committee to determine eligibility, placement and priority. Intake is continuous as space becomes available. All successful applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

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