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Life Skills (LS)

Program Description 

The Secondary Life Skills Programs are small supportive classes for students with Autism, Physical Disabilities, Deaf/Blind, Chronic Health and who  have a Moderate to Severe /Profound Intellectual Disability. Students in this program earn an Evergreen certificate upon school leaving. 

Curriculum Emphasis:

  • communication skills
  • functional academic skills
  • teaching appropriate behavioural and social emotional skills
  • independent daily living skills
  • work experience where appropriate
  • transition to post-secondary options
  • providing social emotional programming
  • community awareness

Student Profile

  • meet the Ministry criteria for Physical Dependent (A), DeafBlind (B), Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disabilities (C), Autism (G) and/or Chronic Health Impairment (D)
  • Moderate to Severe/Profound Intellectual Disability


Referral Process

Life Skills referrals are to be submitted to the District Case Manager, Inclusion.

Documentation Required

  • completed “Request for Designation &/or Special Education Program Placement” form
  • completed “Pre-Referral Intervention Strategies” (PRIS) form
  • Psycho-Educational Assessment
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Speech Language Assessment
  • School Based Team minutes

Placement Evaluation

Student placement is reviewed every spring with the goal of returning students to their home schools. A transition plan between the Life Skills program staff and the receiving school is developed  

Capacity and Staffing

Grades 8 to 12

Up to 15 students

1 Teacher and SSA support (level dependent on student need)

Program Locations

Eric Hamber                Gladstone

Kitsilano                        John Oliver (2 classes) 

Point Grey                     Templeton 

Tupper                            Vancouver Technical


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