North Vancouver School District
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Alternate Education

The Board of Education recognizes the specialized needs of its alternate education learners - students who may have social, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges that require an alternate educational setting and program. It is committed to providing programs that address the diverse learning needs of students, foster social/emotional learning, support student achievement, and enable alternate pathways to graduation.

With the help of our community partners, the North Vancouver School District works to ensure that each student has the best possible opportunity for success. Alternate education programs include:


A specialized program in our secondary schools for students dealing with social, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges


A unique, self-paced learning program for students of aboriginal ancestry. Eslha7an is a partnership program with the Skwxwú7mesh Nation

Learning Together

A secondary school program for pregnant and parenting youth aged 13 to 24

The Ascent Program

Combines academics, counselling, and recreation for students dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. The Ascent Program is a partnership program with Foundry/Vancouver Coastal Health.

KEY Program

Offers social, emotional, and academic learning and outreach support for students who, because of behavioural challenges, are unable to attend other school programs

Mountainside Secondary School

A consolidated program that meets the Ministry of Education's requirements for funding as an alternate education school.