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Lakes Learning Centre is a Senior Alternate Program designed for students in grades 10-12. It is located behind the old high school in a stand-alone building. This program targets students who have difficulty attending on a regular basis. Students work on a modularized program leading towards graduation with a Dogwood Diploma.


This multi-grade, intergrated program supports students who require highly individualized educational plans. It is staffed by one teacher and several Learning Support Workers. Support may be given in the lifeskills classroom, or in regular, adapted, or modified academic or elective classes. Students placed in this program may be working towards their Evergreen, Adult Dogwood, or Dogwood graduation.


The Choices Program is a multi-grade, behavior and academic intervention program with 1 teacher and LSW support. The focus is on developing the core competencies of Communication, Thinking, and Personal/Social Responsibility through literacy, numeracy, project based learning models, and life skills. Students are given extra 1 on 1 instruction and are closely monitored during instructional and assigned work time. Their behaviors are tracked in order to develop goals and differentiate further instruction. The students in the program are given encouragement and opportunity to reintegrate into regular academic classes.


The Learning Centre provides academic support to students in regular classes.  Students are directed to the centre by their teacher.  Extra assistance/instruction is provided to students, who then return to their regular class.  This service is available to all students from grades 8-12. TLC also supports students from grades 10-12 who are taking E-bus/Distance education courses.

GRADUATION TRANSITIONS *Mandatory Graduation Requirement

Graduation Transitions, a required Ministry course, gives you four of the 80 credits you need for graduation. Transitions encourages you to: take ownership of your health and learning; examine and demonstrate connections between your learning and your future; create a plan for your growth and development as a skilled, healthy, knowledgeable, participating citizen and exhibit attributes of the BC graduate. Graduation Transitions is an opportunity for students to reflect on their knowledge and abilities and plan for life after graduation by collecting evidence of their achievements in the following required areas: Personal Health; Community Connections; Career and Life. This course is run outside of the timetable, but Career Programs staff are available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your package and presentations.

Students will have to complete their Graduation Transitions package, 30 Work/Community Service hours, 150 minutes per week of physical activitiy (DPA) and a final Graduation Transition presentation to a panel of school district staff and community members.

CAREER LIFE EDUCATION 10 (CLE 10) *Mandatory Graduation Requirement

This course will help you bild the skills you need to make smart choices about your future. The skills you develop in Career Life Education 10 will help you well beyond graduation as you move forward in your adult life. You will do research, set goals and start to make informed decisions about health topics and issues, education and career options and ways to finance those options. In Career Life Education​ 10 you will learn more about the Graduation Program and you will also start collecting evidence of your accomplishments for your Graduation Transition Plan.


LDSS offers many Career Programs designed specifically for Grades 10 through 12 students. Students are encouraged to meet regularly with our Career Programs Coordinators.

Throughout the school year, the Career Centre offers interested students the opportunity to participate in exploration projects in the following fields:

  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Health
  • Trail Design
  • Local Government
  • Heavy Duty
  • Forest Management
  • Firefighter

 Other programs offered through the Career Centre include Encounters with Canada, Junior Initial Attack, RCMP Youth Academy as well as the Courtlink and P.A.R.T.Y. Programs.


The Work Experience Program (WEX) is an opportunity for motivated students to receive secondary school credit for work or volunteer experience, outside training or participation in career exploration projects.

Why take Work Experience?

  • Many post-secondary institutions require some work experience in order to be admitted into their program
  • The majority of employers want to see previous work experience before they hire
  • The graduation process stresses the importance of career development and work experience
  • Work experience can lead to summer, part-time or full time employment
  • Career Preparation provides the opportunity to develop maturity, independence and good work habits. You can also make some good contacts for later in life

How To Receive Credit for Work Experience:

Students must sign up in the Career Programs office to enroll in the Work Experience Program. January graduates need to be signed up by November 1st of their grad year while June graduates need to sign up by April 1st.

Students need to fulfill two criteria to complete the WEX program and receive four grade 12 credits towrads graduation.

  • Documentation of their 120 hour of experience (this can be paid or unpaid work, outside training course, projects and career exploration. A maximum of 90 hours from any one work placement will be counted)
  • Completion of four courses from their career focus area

As well as the Work Experience Program, the Career Centre also assists students interested in Secondary School Apprentice (SSA) and Career Technical Centre (CTC) Programs. Job opportunities are also posted through our office by local employers.


Please be advised that all schools in British Columbia have implemented the provincial government's daily physical activity (DPA) requirements. These requirements are part of the Graduation Transitions plan described in this booklet.

Grades 11-12 students must complete their DPA sheets. These sheets are completed weekly in classes and then handed in to the Career Programs staff. Students will be given a "Requirements Not Met" if they do not complete and hand in their forms for each semester.

Students must document and report a minimum of 150 minutes per week of physical activitiy at a moderate to vigorous intensity. They are given a number of choices for how they can meet the daily physical activity requirements at school, at home and in the community. Daily physical activity can be as simple as walking, running, jogging, bending and stretching. If your son/daughter is in PE or Dance classes, they will not have to complete the DPA sheets for that semester. However, during the semester they do not have these courses, they must hand in the DPA sheets.

​YELL - Entrepreneurship 12 Class (4 credits)

This course is for students interested in business, entrepreneurship and innovation, or those just interested in learning more about how the world works and how to put their ideas into action.  This course is delivered in partnership with YELL Canada, a charity that partners with schools to enhance classroom learning, inspire entrepreneurial thinking, and to create opportunities traditionally not available to youth.  In this course you will hear from over a dozen guest speakers and leaders from the local community, with Q & A opportunities to ask the questions that you want answered:

•             How did you get to where you are today?

•             Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self?

•             What is your biggest regret?

•             What was your biggest accomplishment?

You can ask any other questions you would like!  Their answers will often surprise you.

Topics covered include the business model canvas, design thinking, lean entrepreneurship, how to make a business pitch, finance and venture capital, and much more.  You'll learn how to develop and evaluate a business, build a personal network of business contacts, hone your creative and critical thinking, apply teamwork skills, and put your presentation skills to the test.  Entrepreneurial Thinking is becoming a skillset more and more universities and employers are looking for.  Even if you do not plan on studying business, learning how to think creatively and innovatively within the context of a business are skills that will allow you to succeed in any situation.

This course will be offered 1 day a week for approximately 2.5 hours (Wednesdays after school) both semesters.  It would be an additional course taken within the 8 courses you select to take in the school year.

YELL course 2018 2019.pdf

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