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Program Description

The Foundation Program is an academic and recreational program that enrolls students in grades 8, 9 and 10.  The program focuses on supporting students academically, socially, and emotionally while coaching students on making positive behaviour and life choices. 

The program challenges students to become more accountable and take responsibility for their actions and choices.  Students learn skills that allow them to cope with stressful situations and to communicate in more constructive ways.  Through community outings and volunteer experiences, students create ties to the community and experience success in areas of their lives where they have previously not had success. Through these accomplishments, they build self-esteem and become better overall citizens. The ability to utilize public transit is an essential component of the community recreation and volunteer program.

Program Location

Administering School:Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
Address:2530 East 43rd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5R 2Y7
Telephone:(604) 713-5450

Student Profile

Foundation is an appropriate alternative placement for students who may have a combination of the following issues:

  • Need smaller academic setting and more one-to-one assistance
  • Need a more supportive transition from elementary to high school
  • Have been impacted by family or personal crises
  • Need their attendance and punctuality more closely monitored
  • Need to form new peer groups and better school habits
  • Need to work in a more supportive, structured setting which allows for a focus on social and emotional connections

Academic Goal

At Foundation students can complete grade 8, 9 and 10. Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/guardian and program staff. Adaptations are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students. In addition to providing educational and recreational programming, the program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their social and emotional needs.

Referral Process

Intake is continuous as space becomes available. 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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