School District No. 73 offers a variety of alternate programs for students from ages 12 through adult. The programs are run through the Twin Rivers Education Centre (TREC). Programs include the Four Directions Storefront School, a Continuing Education centre, and Bridges - a program offered at the Twin Rivers campus.
The Four Directions Storefront School is located at 1110 Tranquille Road. An annex of TREC, Four Directions is an alternate secondary school for aboriginal students offering curricula and special programs promoting First Nations culture and pedagogy. There are 40 students at this site, a full time program coordinator, two teachers, two First Nations Education Workers, a School Support Worker and a First Nations Family Counselor. Students interested in this program enroll at TREC, then are referred to Four Directions through the administration and TREC school counselor.
Also included as a branch of TREC is our Continuing Education program for adult learners. Street School is located in the Northills Shopping Centre, Unit 35 - 700 Tranquille Road (through the Shopper's Drug Mart entrance). There certified teachers, a Literacy Outreach Worker and a number of supportive and caring volunteers provide individual instruction and self-esteem building in a welcoming and safe environment. Along with help in accessing community resources, students are able to complete the courses needed to achieve their Adult Dogwood Graduation Certificate (for free) or to upgrade for post-secondary studies (tuition costs apply). Graduated students may take Literacy Foundations courses at no cost; tuition fees apply for English, Math, Biology and other upgrading courses. Please contact Street School directly at 250-376-7072.
The Bridges Program is an intervention program located at TREC which is designed to assist students ages 12 to14 who are having difficulties in the transition from the elementary to the secondary system. The program focuses on the individual needs of students while emphasizing core subjects (reading, writing and math), social responsibility skills and community interactions. The main goal is the successful reintegration into a local high school.
The Bridges Program provides a smaller class size with a teacher and school support worker. There is also a TREC counselor, learning assistance teacher and administrator to provide the necessary support.
A typical school day runs from 8:30 am to 11:45 am and could consist of a combination of some of the following:
The Alternate Education Program at TREC is available to students who are in grade 9 through12. Students attend the program in the morning or afternoon and work on completing at least two courses per semester.
Some electives are available.