District Programs

Behavior Re​source Services (K-7)

Behaviour Resource Services provide support for students in grades one to seven with identified intensive behaviour and/or serious mental illness. An integrated approach is taken in order to establish an effective team to address each child’s need. Services may include:

  • Case management of students designated H – Intensive Behaviour Support/Serious Mental Illness
  • IEP Development
  • Behaviour Consultation
  • Pullout classroom program based at Ecole Robb Rd.
  • Home and family support
  • Shared behavioural EA support

Challenge Program

The Inclusive Education Department provides support for Gifted and Talented students to achieve their individual potential through a specialized program called Challenge. The objectives of the program are to provide opportunities for students to develop skills in the following key areas; creative thinking and problem solving, communication and presentations skills, research and inquiry projects and personnel development.

The program offers both a pull out and push in model for gifted and talented learners. Students are pulled out of their home schools to participate in a one day a week class held at Courtenay Elementary School. While participating in the program each student has the opportunity to network with other gifted and talented learners and join a community of like-minded learners. This program is offered to grades 4-6 students and grade 7 students on an alternating schedule.

Challenge also aims to meet the complex and unique needs of gifted and talented learners in their regular classrooms and assist classroom teachers with differentiating instruction for students. The guiding principle of in-school support is to enable students to take personal initiative, responsibility, and action as they journey toward becoming autonomous learners. All gifted and talented learners receive instruction that is differentiated in content, process, product, learning environment and assessment.

  • Allows for variety in pace, scope, and complexity, in keeping with the nature and extent of the exceptionality.
  • Provide opportunities for students to interact socially and academically with peers of similar abilities.
  • Addresses both the cognitive and affective domains during learning activities.
  • Incorporates adaptations and extensions to content, process, product, pacing and the learning environment.
  • Strives to go beyond the walls of a school and create awareness of the larger community.


The George P Vanier’s PREP Program is designed to facilitate the acquisition of independent living skills and pre-employment skills to students with a wide range of Low Incidence designators. Students are provided the opportunity to learn functional academics, social skills, life skills and participate in work experience programs.

Students attend regular classes and electives dependent on their ability and interest and although. support is available independence is encouraged. Students also receive instruction within the Prep program in a variety of areas specific to their needs. Vanier Prep program students usually graduate with an Evergreen Certificate.

Life Skills

The Life Skills programs serves students with a wide range of cognitive and physical abilities. Lessons, activities, and schedules are tailored to meet individual needs and abilities. Creating community, developing independence, and valuing individuality through inclusion and supporting individual needs.  Enabling students to reach their potential is the top priority of our Life Skills Programs. Currently there are two programs in our district:

  • Lake Trail Community School offers Life Skills programming for students in grade 6-9.
  • Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School offers Life Skills programming for students in Grade 8-12.

Link Transition Program

The LINK Transition Program (LTP) is a partnership between North Island College (NIC) and Comox Valley Schools. The school district program is targeted towards students with special needs that are looking at independent or semi-independent living.

The LTP is offered based on a minimum number of registrations and reviewed annually. If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Inclusive Education.