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. Students in this program need some time to bridge the skills needed to enter a mainstream high school. 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 focusing on literacy and numeracy growth.
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
- Positive social time built into program
- Decrease likelihood of aggression or other inappropriate behaviours by teaching and using strategies
- Student involvement in problem solving and goal setting
- Consistent communication involvement with guardians/parents
- Support and help with executive functioning skills
- Maintaining high expectations for learning
Common services provided:
- One-on-one support
- Small group meetings
- Indigenous Support worker, Youth and Family counsellor, and Work Experience coordinator
- Team approach with outside agencies when applicable
Role of the Educational Assistant:
- 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 Teacher
- As a key member of the IEP or Student Learning Plan team, it is the responsibility of the teacher 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/SLP updates/reporting at different points in the year
Academic programming at Bridgeway:
- English and Math focus 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 EAs 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 or Adult 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 Friday between 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM.
GSA (Gender Sexuality Alliance) is a club that meets every Wednesday over the lunch hour. It is a safe space available to all students – students who identify as 2SLGBTQ+, 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. 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. We meet once per week on Tuesdays and provide lunch, mentorship, education and lots of laughs.
Talking Circles are held every Monday after break for morning and afternoon students who wish to attend. The circles are facilitated by our Indigenous Support Worker and Elder in Residence looking at topics such as Indigenous perspectives and mental health awareness. Students are invited to share their opinions and experiences to learn from each other as a group.