CVOLC runs the Alternative Education Programs in SD79

From the Ministry of Education.

Alternate education programs focus on educational, social and emotional issues for students whose needs are not being met in a traditional school program. An alternate education program provides its support through differentiated instruction, specialized program delivery and enhanced counselling services based on students’ needs.

Students who attend alternate education programs are often the most vulnerable population in the school system. Alternate education programs have disproportionate numbers of children and youth in care, Aboriginal students, children and youth living in poverty or the street, gifted children who have difficulty in social situations, children and youth involved in drugs, alcohol and the sex trade, and youth with mental health concerns. Alternate education programs offer an opportunity for these vulnerable and at-risk students to experience success.

(Information copied from here)

Is Open Learning For You?

  • Do you want to attend a school with smaller classes and more personalized learning?
  • Do you want to return and catch up at school?
  • Do you want to get prerequisites for college or earn certificate courses to help you get a job?
  • Do you work part-time while completing school?
  • Do you have small children and need daycare while you attend school?

If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, please call us at the office 746-6052 or drop by the school at 1033 Nagle Street (across from 49th Parallel Grocery Store). For childcare information please call Ocean at Growing Together (250) 748-9754.

Open Learning at a Glance.

Students have many options at Cowichan Valley Open Learning.  These include the Distributed Learning Programs (kindergarten- grade 12), Cowichan Valley Alternate School, (CVAS………grades 8 and 9), and the senior alternate program.  The central senior alternate program is located on Nagle Street.  In addition, we have Open Learning Centres in all of our local high schools.  On each high school site there is a  full time teacher and a Student Support Worker.