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South Vancouver Learning Centre

Program Description

The South Vancouver Learning Program addresses the needs of students who have an extended history of non-engagement in school. Youth who attend the program have two options for service dependent on their needs. The services include the following:

  • Full Day component – youth can attend full time programming designed to assist those who would benefit from extra support in a small group setting to obtain academic credits.
  • Afternoon component (3:30 – 6:30) – youth attend in the afternoon for a variety of reasons (e.g., work during the day, unable to make it to a morning class, etc.) and would benefit from extra support in a small group setting to obtain academic credits.

Program Location

Administering School:Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
Program Location:4920 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC  V5W 2Y8
Telephone:(604) 325-2004, #3, ext 305

Student Profile

Students are aged 13 to 16 years old and are working on Grades 8 to 10. The SVLC Program employs a team approach which includes but is not limited to school staff, Social Worker, Probation Officer, parent/guardian, mental health worker and/or one-to-one worker to help students be successful.

Academic Goal

Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/guardian and program staff. Epic Program students can complete grades 8 to 10. Adaptations and modifications are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students. Direct instruction is provided to address students’ literacy and numeracy skills deficiencies. In addition to the academic component, students may be engaged in recreation, social and life skills activities. Transition Plans will be developed to provide transition to a senior alternative program, to a vocational program or employment.

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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