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Program Description

Spectrum is a semestered senior secondary alternative program. The primary goal of Spectrum is to provide students with an opportunity to complete grades 10, 11 and 12 in an alternative setting. Students have the opportunity to complete 5 courses each semester. Classes are 60 minutes in length. Youth and Family Workers provide social and emotional support to students and their families/caregivers, and liaise with social agencies. Spectrum offers a lunch program which runs in conjunction with our sustainable garden program.

Program Location

Administering School:Vancouver Alternate Secondary School
Address:2530 East 43rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5R 2Y7
Telephone:(604) 713-5722

Student Profile

Spectrum is for students who have completed Grade 9 and are between the ages of 15 and 18. Students who are most likely to be successful at Spectrum are those who have the academic skills necessary for graduation but need the additional support offered by an alternative program. Students who are willing to work hard and accept the structure including an attendance policy inherent in a semestered system will succeed.

Academic Goal

The curriculum focuses on academic and elective courses leading to a BC Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Dogwood), potentially fulfilling post-secondary entrance requirements.


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. 

Spectrum operates on a semester system: Sept - Jan and Feb - Jun

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