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Central Programs & Services
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2016-17 School Community Plan for Central Programs and Services

 We believe as a school community that we continue to learn about curriculum, instruction, and assessment practice to guide our students who often have a number of barriers to education including social, emotional, behavioral, academic challenges, and are looking for or require a flexible education plan that meets the goals of a 21st Century learner.

In the spring of 2014 our school develop our Mission and Vision Statement.  The statement embodies four major themes or pillars including the nurturing optimism and building of confidence in our quest to provide alternative pathways to education in a collaborative supportive environment.    

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 Who We Are

 Central Programs & Services is comprised of three different Ministry registered schools.  All three overarching schools exist to support SD23 schools in meeting the unique needs of students who may struggle in finding success in traditional school settings, by providing alternative options and choices in their programming. 

o   Central School Programs (Alternative Education) – (Grades 9-12) Storefront Programs at West Kelowna (Westside Learning Centre), Rutland (Rutland Learning Centre) and Kelowna (Central School), Hospital-Homebound Program, Central Student Support Team, Central Continuing Education, and the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Kelowna General Hospital

 o   Adult Education SD 23 (Continuing Education) – this program operates through Central School

o   eSchoolBC Distributed Learning SD 23K to 5 Distributed Learning Program, Gr. 6-10 Blended DL Middle School (McWilliams Centre), Gr.10-12 Virtual Secondary School and Graduated Adult course offerings ( and a partnership with BC Learning Network at Central School)


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Central Programs & Services

Central Programs and Services-SD23 is a supportive learning environment focused on meeting the diverse academic, social, emotional and behavioural needs of our students.  We offer a variety of unique educational programs and services aimed at meeting the needs of the whole child.  Our teaching and operational framework is characterized by identifying and capitalizing on the assets and strengths students inherently bring versus what they do not.  We believe that creating opportunities for our students to showcase their gifts, talents and interests builds a sense of self-worth, confidence and resiliency from which to move forward.

Intake Process

The BC Ministry of Education requires, "an intake process to facilitate district referrals or self-referral" (BC Ministry of Education)

*As of August 2017 all students must obtain a Central Programs and Services referral from their previous school to be considered for entry into Alternate Education (see Appendix A). This requirement includes those who are self-referring. Referral form is required to determine appropriateness of Alternate Education and to support the development of the SLP/IEP. If a referral is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, a school administrator will determine whether admission to Alternate Education is appropriate based on the information available.


SD #23 Student Referral:

  • all in-district students must have our elelctronic referral document completed by the previous school's administration and forwarded to the Vice Principal
  • If a family, student, or community agency requests registration without a referral the office will assist in requesting a referral from the previous school before registration can commence.
Out of District Student Referral
  • If an out of District student requests a self-referral to Central Programs and Services the office will record student contact information and previous school information.
  • Central Programs will contact the previous school and request a referral and a conversation with administration and appropriate support staff when necessary.

Registration Meeting

Office Documentation

All documentation required to be registered as a SD#23 student is completed in the office before meeting with an administrator or Registrar (counsellor)

Meeting with Registrar (Counsellor) or Administrator

  • Discussion regarding appropriateness of Alternate Education
  • Completion of SLP preview with student and family
    • This document serves to start the discussion regarding student needs, interests, and supports. It also serves as a starting place for the Teacher Advisor to build the SLP document
  • Parent Questionnaire (optional)
  • Grad Plan and course scheduling
  • Begin conversations regarding transition planning
  • Assign Teacher Advisor
  • Disscuss Code of Conduct and sign Student Expectations Contract.
  • Tour of facility and introduction to subject teachers and teacher advisor.

Teacher Advisory Program

The BC Ministry of Education requires, "an annually reviewed learning plan for each student, either an official Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a Student Learning Plan that clearly defines the objectives for the student, additional services provided as required, progress made, and any transition plans." and "an exit strategy to facilitate the student's transition back into regular school system, continuing education center, graduation or to work or to post-secondary training and education." (BC Ministry of Education)


Group Sessions

Group Sessions: Specialized Programming

  • Group specialized programs are offered at all three Central Programs and Services sites. Teacher Advisors recommend and encourage sessions for students as aligned with each student's individual needs.
  •  At Central Programs group sessions are offered out of The Den space or on a rotational basis through classrooms. At RLC and WLC the sessions are offered in communal spaces to interested students..
  • Session focuses include anxiety management, drug and alcohol awareness, addiction, and safety; resiliency; mindfulness; and stress management. (See Appendix D for calendar and descriptions of sessions)
  • Sessions are led by qualified Central Programs and Services staff as well as experts from the community.

REACH: Relationships Experiential Access Community Holistic (REACH)

  • The REACH program is a transitional program designed to support youth who are experiencing significant barriers to their education.
  • This program runs outside of traditional school hours from 2:30 -5:00 PM.
  • Program features include, hands on learning such as cooking as a collaborative group, academic support at each student's independent level, mindfulness and resiliency programming, and access to supports such as counselling services.
  • Students must be referred to REACH through the School Based Team and is intended for students who have struggled to find success in both traditional school and Alternate Education Settings.

The Den: Mindfulness Space and Programming

  • The first intention of this program is to create a welcoming space for students to participate in group mindfulness and resiliency learning sessions.
  • The second intention is to create a safe space to support the social emotional goals of our individual students. (eg. When students need a break as documented in their SLPs)
  • As students learn mindfulness and anxiety management strategies in our group sessions the intention of The Den is to be a space that students can use to utilize these strategies.
  • iPads with minfdulness apps, journals, books for reading, and meditation cushions are provided to students
  • Expectations and intentions for this space were co-constructed with a committee of students, teachers, and counsellors

Accelerate Youth: Partnership with the Enactus of Okanagan College


  • This program is facilitated by a counsellor and through a partnership with Enactus of Okanagan College.
  • This program offered to WLC students strives to increase student motivation through hands-on learning opportunities meant to better equip "at-risk" students with the skills to manage the culture and environment in which they live.
  • Through the teaching of valuable life skills our aim is to increase the students' sense of competence, self-determination and connections with others.  
  •  Connections with community resources will be used in order to increase our support of the students with their transition back to the regular high school and out into the community.  
  •  Financial literacy, budgeting, healthy eating and food security, as well as entrepreneurship, marketing, and business teachings will be focuses.

Gateway: Transitional program in partnership with Okanagan College

  • The Gateway Program strives to provide at-risk students with the necessary supports to successfully transition to college and ultimately sustainable careers in the trade sector. 
  • Students begin by taking a 5 week Pre-Gateway program at Central Programs and Services. Pre-Gateway focuses on readiness skills including time management, communication, problem solving, trades math and team building.
  •  Successful students move on to stage 2, attending Okanagan College for an extended 10 week period where they explore a variety of trades including: carpentry and joinery, plumbing, electrical, welding, automotive, metal work, collision repair and culinary arts. 
  • Some students move from Gateway to applying for SD#23's dual credit program for an additional 20-40 weeks study

Elementary Partnership: Reading with Grade 3 Buddies

  • Central Programs and Services students have been involved in a new reading program this year with students from ASM elementary.
  • The purpose of the program is to develop and strengthen resiliency skills, build connection, and encourage confidence in students.

Drivers Education: Partnership with Kelowna District Safety Council

  • Central Programs and Services has partnered with the non-profit organization Kelowna District Safety Council to support students in obtaining their driver's license.
  • Students complete 18 hr. of class theory and 12 hrs of actual driving lessons to hopefully obtain the 'N' designation.

Drop-In Music: Thursday JAM sessions

  • Students have the opportunity to drop in and play guitar, sing, or listen along with two talented teachers every Thursday during the lunch hour.

Pre-Employment: Employment and Transition Support


  • Pre-Employment at Central Programs and Services is staffed by an 0.5 FTE teaching position
  • Community partnerships including the YMCA youthworks program and Jumpstart, the Fresh Start Cafe Program, and Launch Community Development provide our students with training and experience in the community.
  • Certification courses run out of the school by qualified instructors subsidized by Central Programs include: Food Safe, St. John's Ambulance First Aid, Park Tools Bike Mechanics, and Traffic Control Person Training.
  • Resumé building, job search skills, and interview training are provided by the Pre-Employment teacher in both group and individual settings.

WORX: Transition to Employment

  • Central Student WORX is a transition to employment program which utilizes the wood shop to produce, market, and sell hand made products. 
  • In a structured, protective setting, students learn wood working skills of safely using a range of appropriate tools, equipment and procedures, as well as the skills needed to prepare for and increase success in future employment positions.
  • Students earn a percentage of the what is sold.
  • Currently Central WORX products are stocked and available for sale in the Laurel Packing House Gift Shop in downtown Kelowna as well through the school.
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Enhanced Counselling

The BC Ministry requires that, "for each student there is evidence of an educational program which includes differentiated instruction, specialized program delivery and enhanced counselling services." and that "each student’s program focuses on the educational, social and emotional issues that cannot be met in a traditional school program." (BC Ministry of Education)

Flow of Supports

To meet the social emotional needs of Central Programs and Services:


Enhanced Counselling and Support Staff


Special Education at Central Programs and Services


Course Offerings

Site Abbreviations: Central Programs Richter Site (CPS), REACH Program (CPS REACH), Connections Program (CPS Connections), Rutland Learning Centre (RLC), Westside Learning Centre (WLC)


Differentiation of Instruction

  The BC Ministry requires that, "for each student there is evidence of an educational program which includes differentiated instruction, specialized program delivery and enhanced counselling services." (BC Ministry of Education)