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Total Education

Program Description

Total Education is a secondary Alternative Program. The program’s name reflects its philosophy that broader support for social development and lifestyle management enhances academic success. Teaching methods recognize individual learning styles and life experiences. Youth and Family Workers are available to provide social and emotional support to students and their caregivers, and to liaise with community agencies. 

Total Education is for students who are working on their Grade 10-12 courses. Students are most likely to be successful at Total Education have the academic skills necessary for graduation but benefit from the additional support offered by an Alternative Program. Students who are willing to work hard and accept support, including an attendance policy, have success. The curriculum focuses on academic and elective courses leading to a BC Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Dogwood Diploma), potentially fulfilling post-secondary entrance requirements.

Program Location

Administering School:      

Vancouver Alternate Secondary School


425 E. 29th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2R8


(604) 713-5782


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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