Bridgeway Program: Grades 7 – 9 (under 16 years of age)
Program Philosophy and Intention
Bridgeway is intended to accommodate students who are better served by a non-traditional program. The program is designed, but not limited to, students with social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties. It is understood that situational, family, mental health, and environmental factors play a key role in students’ behaviour and emotions. Bridgeway provides a highly structured program with a focus on supporting students with emotional and behavioural issues while maintaining a high standard of academic expectation.
Main School Philosophy:
Bridgeway is a program within a larger alternate school, Glacier View Secondary. The main school’s philosophy is as follows: “Glacier View welcomes students who need individual and nurturing approaches for success. We offer fresh starts in a small, safe and supporting community. Our goal is to instill confidence in our students as they explore present and future possibilities”.
Methodology used to promote independence, social/life skill, academic growth, and behavioural support.
- Structured classroom environment
- Quiet classroom environment with optional isolated seating away from main group.
- Enhance student teacher-relationships.
- Increase positive attitudes toward learning.
- Increase positive self concept.
- Zero tolerance approach to bullying and other inappropriate behaviours.
- Decrease likelihood of aggression or other inappropriate behaviours by teaching and using strategies.
- Student involvement in the communication process.
- Consistent communication involvement with guardians/parents.
- Support and help with self monitoring.
- Maintaining high expectations for learning.
Common services provided:
- One-on-one support.
- Small group meetings (GSA, Talking Circles, Environmental group, Math Club, etc.).
- First Nations Support worker, Youth and Family counsellor, and Work experience coordinator.
- Team approach with outside agencies when applicable.
Role of the Behavioural EA:
- Social skills development support.
- Emotional and learning needs support.
- One-on-one support.
- To work within established structures such as current classroom management structures, current behavioural rules, and IEP expectations.
- Observe student behaviour and provide information to teacher.
Role of the Case Manager (at Bridgeway, the case manager is the teacher)
- As a key member of the IEP team, it is the responsibility of the case manager to coordinate instruction, monitor strategies/goals, and related services for students.
- Monitoring, planning, and initiating assessment.
- Be the primary contact with parents and outside agencies.
- IEP updates/reporting at different points in the year.
Academic programming at Bridgeway:
- All core academics for grades 7-9
- Mastery program
- Individualized delivery
Schedule at Bridgeway:
- 9:30 – 10:40 AM (Academics)
- 10:40 – 10:55 AM (Break)
- 10:55 – 12:00 AM (Academics)
Junior Alt. Program: Grades 7 – 9 (under 16 years of age)
The Junior Alternate Program runs in the afternoon and supports students with their academic challenges in a smaller classroom with teacher and EA support. This programs operates Monday through to Friday 12:30 – 3:00 PM.
Middle Alt. Program: Grades 9 – 10
The Middle Alternate Program is a program designed for students who are in the process of transitioning from our junior classroom to one of our senior programs but may require a little more support to be fully prepared for the transition. As with all of our programs the teacher and EA work together to support students who still struggle with standard mainstream school schedules and/or student expectations. The Middle Alternate Program requires students to attend half day instruction in either the morning session 9:30 – 12:00 AM or the afternoon session 12:30 – 3:00 PM.
Senior Alternate Program: Grades 10 – 12
The Senior Alternate Program is designed for students who have difficulty adjusting to standard mainstream school schedules and/or student expectations. Students in this program receive close teacher and educational assistant support as they work through their own personal curriculum at their own pace. Completing a Dogwood Graduation Certificate and/or School Completion Certificate provides students with the opportunity for post-secondary placement or employment opportunities within our community or abroad. The Senior Alternate Program requires students to attend half day instruction in either the morning or afternoon time periods Monday through Thursday between 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM.
District STEP Program
The Sandwick Technical Education Project (STEP) is designed to provide students with a realistic work environment. Students will cover the following WorkSafe topics:
- Fall Arrest
- Lifting to save your back
- Ladder safety
- Employer expectations
The STEP Program is open to all students in gr. 10-12. It is directed toward those who plan to pursue a career in the trades industry. STEP will give students some background skills before entering a trade, and will give them an idea of what a work day will look like. Students must commit to 6 days for this program (1 day a week over 6 weeks). Students are asked to bring a lunch, appropriate dress for work and a positive attitude.
GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is a club that meets every 2 weeks over the lunch hour. It is a safe space available to all students – students who identify as LGBTQ, allies, or students who simply want to learn more. Snacks and refreshments provided.
The Boys Club Network (‘BCN’ or the ‘Network’) is a privately-funded registered Canadian charity (Westcoast Boys Club Network Foundation) founded and operated by a committed team of BC secondary school administrators, teachers, counsellors, youth and wellness workers; funded by a small group of visionary Canadian philanthropist entrepreneurs, and supported by a Network of +200 mentors from all walks of life. The group is based on the foundational principles of mentorship and connection, as tools for teaching, healing and prevention. BCN tackles one of contemporary Canada’s most misunderstood and under-supported social issues – that of young men aged 12-18 seeking connection. The group explores topics such as emotional regulation, respectful relationships, distress tolerance, mindfulness and substance use. It provides a safe place to share and discuss what it means to be a man and how to channel that energy into leadership and self-efficacy. BCN offers scholarships to a handful of boys throughout the province each year and opportunities like Canucks games and dinner with the Chancellor of UBC. We meet once per week and provide lunch, mentorship, education and lots of laughs. Glacier View’s Boys Club meets once a week on Tuesdays.
Mathematics is by far the most challenging course for many students. Some students require dedicated and ongoing support to complete their math assignments. Math Club runs for 1 hr both during the morning and afternoon academic sessions and supports a small group of students from gr. 8 – 12 who want to solely focus on math. Attendance at Math Club is voluntary and open to any student at Glacier View.
Riding The Wave: Managing Intense Emotions
Small group work for students with a focus on breaking down the stigma of mental health and on personal skill development; based on Anxiety BC’s curriculum. Support will be available for both morning and afternoon sessions.
Talking Circles are held monthly after break for morning and afternoon students who wish to attend. The circles are facilitated by our Indigenous Support Worker and school counselor with a guest speaker invited to present a short topic alternating between Indigenous perspectives and mental health awareness. Students are invited to share their opinions and experiences to learn from each other as a group.