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Tupper Alternative

Program Description

Tupper Alternative Program (TAP) has been created to maximize opportunity for successes in academic and personal growth for Grade 8 and 9 students. TAP is located within Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School and allows for the immersion of students into the Tupper school culture. Students have access to team sports, clubs, resources, and active support and guidance of the school administration. Students are taught all academic subjects by the TAP Teacher and may be integrated in the school for some of their elective courses. In addition to providing educational programming, the program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their social and emotional needs.

Tupper Alternate is designed primarily for students who have had some difficulty in their regular classroom situation and require a more supportive transition from elementary to secondary school. These students are often in need of a smaller class setting and benefit from social-emotional support. Adaptations are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students. Student progress is managed through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). 

After completing their Grade 9 year, students may return to their neighbourhood school, apply to another district program, or apply cross-boundary to an out of catchment school.

Program Location

Administering School:

Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School


419 East 24th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2A2


(604) 786-9520


Referral Process

The student’s current VSB case manager or administrator can submit the application found here

All referrals are reviewed to determine program suitability relative to individual student needs. Successful applicants will be contacted by the Program Teacher or Youth and Family Worker to arrange an intake meeting with the student and their caregiver. 

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